CHORLEY golf star Emily Taylor produced a stellar performance to win a place on the European Ladies Tour at the first attempt when she tied second at the final qualifying school in Morocco.
Emily, who lives in Astley Road and was taught to play by her grandad from a Tiger Woods book, was in scintillating form as she passed the 90-hole test in a stunning 19 under par.
And she did so less than 24 hours after Bradley Wiggins had also brought glory to his adopted town by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year title.
Emily, 18, who signed off her amateur career as England’s number one player and has now confirmed she has turned professional, was thrilled to earn her full card.
But she admitted: “I didn’t expect it. It’s just fantastic!”
Her coach – Adlington born and bred Lora Fairclough, a four-time winner on the tour – was not surprised her pupil achieved her goal so quickly.
“She’s the complete package and is a very rare talent,” Fairclough said.
“How she kept her momentum going over five days, for someone who has only just turned 18, is extraordinary.”
Fairclough, who has had Taylor under her tutelage at the Chilli Dip Driving Range in Blackrod since February, refused to claim any credit.
“The help I’ve given her is based on my experiences as a tour professional,” she said.
“I work on mental strength and occasionally have a few quiet words in her ear.
“She’s really exceptional.”
Hillside member Taylor has already signed up with Cheshire-based Chubby Chandler’s International Sports Management group, which includes Open Championship winners Louis Oosthuizen and Darren Clarke along with Shaw Hill’s Nick Dougherty.
Taylor added: “I can’t wait for my rookie year on tour.”
And, if a place on the tour was not enough, Taylor will also receive some Chorley Cakes from Fairclough as a reward for her performance.
“I texted her in Morocco and I bet she would not score a 62,” Fairclough said.
“She didn’t but I’ll still give her a packet of her favourite treat!”