BURNHAM & Berrow Golf Club’s young professional Liam Harper has set a new course record on his way to victory in Egypt.

The 24-year-old (who turns 25 this weekend) lives in Middlezoy, having recently moved to the area.

Having taken up golf aged eight, he played for England as an amateur between the ages of 14 and 18 before turning professional.

He praised the course at Burnham & Berrow, saying: “It’s been really good and dry, and very helpful to me to be able to play through the winter.”

That practice has clearly paid off, as last week he secured victory on the PGA Mediterranean Tour at the Palm Hills Golf Club, near Giza in Egypt.

He did so in style, setting a new course record of 65 (seven under par) in his second round, which he believes surpassed the previous best round by four shots.

That success has earned Harper a start on the Challenge Tour, one level below the European Tour.

He said: “I’m looking to play as much as possible and do well on the Order of Merit to push for a place on the European Tour.”

That means a return to Egypt next month, for two more PGA Mediterranean tournaments from March 3.

Harper is also an ambassador for the Jemima Layzell Trust, which funds and raises awareness of treatment and care for young people with brain injuries, as well as encouraging people to sign up to the NHS organ donor register.

He said: “I’ve always wanted to give my organs when I pass away.

“To help the charity as ambassador has been brilliant.”


BURNHAM & Berrow prospect Mimi Rhodes has played a key role in ensuring Millfield School will be taking an all-girls team to the ISGA National Finals for the first time since 2011.

Rhodes, who is in Year 11, and team-mates Morgan Thomas and Emily Price beat an all-boys’ team from Truro College 3-0 in the regional final in Saunton, Devon.

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QUALIFIED: From left, Mimi Rhodes, Emily Price, Morgan Thomas.

They will now compete at the St Mellion International Resort in Cornwall on April 29-30 against 21 other schools from across the UK.

Rhodes is one of nine pupils to be playing full-time golf alongside her studies, and she continues to represent England at age-group level.