Birmingham teenager Felicity Johnson will defend her title when the English Ladies' Closed Amateur Champion-ship is played at West Lancashire Golf Club next week.
Felicity became one of the youngest-ever English champions when she won last year, less than three months after her 18th birthday.
Now 19, the Harborne golfer is looking forward to the challenge of defending her title over five days from next Tuesday, against a top-class field and on a testing links course.
"It will be a good week," said Johnson, who has just won the Warwickshire county championship. "All the top players will be there and we're playing a very good course. I went up to have a first look a few weeks ago and it's very exposed, so when it's windy, it's going to be properly windy!"
Johnson followed up last year's championship victory with a string of achievements.
She played a part in four major team wins, helping England win the Home Internationals, the Girls' International Matches and the Spirit International Amateur Championship in the United States and she was part of the Great Britain & Ireland team which collected the Vagliano Trophy.
She then rounded off her junior career by winning the English Ladies Golf Association's girls' order of merit.
Now, she's looking for another good performance at West Lancs to boost her chances of making the Curtis Cup team. "That's my main aim for this year and a good week in the English will stand me in good stead," she said.
The event has attracted an entry of 84 players, ranging in handicap from plus-three to six.
The championship begins on Tuesday and all competitors will play an 18-hole strokeplay qualifying round on each of the first two days of the event. The lowest 32 scores qualify for the matchplay knockout stages of the tournament which start a week today with the final due to be played on the morning of Saturday May 27.