Howley Hall's O'Grady breaks 300-yard barrier

HOWLEY HALL'S Becki O'Grady smashed a personal best to take third place at the American Golf UK Long Drive Championship at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire.

Howley Hall's Becki O'Grady pictured at the American Golf Long Drive Championship at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire (Picturet: Mark Newcombe/

O’Grady, also a semi-finalist last year, knocked out world No 3 Rebecca McGinley in the quarter-finals with a drive of 302 yards – her first time over the 300 mark.

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In the following round she hit another 300-yard drive, but was beaten by 14-year-old Elle Gibson (Shire).

“I’ve actually hit over 300 yards for the first time – and I did it twice,” said O’Grady. “I can’t ask for much more.”

Top qualifier Illona Stubley, from Glasgow, won the final against Gibson with a 307-yard hit.