Celebration time for Brandy as she breaks a Royal record

Brandy Rook
Brandy Rook

Teenage golfer Brandy Rook has broken the ladies course record at the Royal Eastbourne.

Brandy, 18, shot a 68 gross (-5) and beat the existing course record, made by a Sussex Golf College (Lindfield) pupil back in 2014, by one stroke.

Brandy is a second year student at the Sussex Downs College Academy and posted her record breaking round in the second round of the Sussex Downs College Championship for 2016 held at the Royal last Thursday.

She went on to not only win the championship but also beat the Sussex Downs year one and two boys without any additional courtesy shots.

Brandy opened her round with a birdie at the first and also hit birdies at three, four and six.

She pitched in for eagle at the par four 14th and carded birdies at 10 and 18 in a round that included just 25 putts.

Royal Eastbourne club professional Alan Harrison said, “Brandy is an absolute joy to work with and we are proud that she is a member of the club.

“She works extremely hard at her game and that is the reason why she can shot scores like she has done. Brandy is very keen to progress further and once she completes her exams this year she plans to take a year out and dedicate her time to golf.”

Royal Eastbourne professional Mark Packard, who has coached Brandy this season, added, “She is a very talented golfer but her commitment to improving is unbelievable.

“She listens, takes what you say on board and then puts it into practice.

“It was a fantastic round and she deserved to break the record. She had shot a couple of 71s in the past so this type of score was certainly coming.”

Next up for Brandy is the Ladies Sussex Amateur 36-hole competition to be held at West Sussex Golf Club.

The first round is a qulaifier and the top 16 qualify for the matchplay competition to be held over the weekend.