After the two day men’s Championship last week, it was the turn of the Ladies this last weekend, the difference being that the Ladies do their two rounds on the same day. Thankfully, the weather was a little cooler which made a tough day a little bit more bearable. The Championship was played on the Lakes course with the fairways running well and fast greens.
The Ladies’ Championships are played for two trophies, the Waycot Bowl for the best gross score and the title of Ladies Champion, and the Dryden Salver for the best nett. In the gross competition, one handicapper Emma Tipping, a member of the all-conquering Lincolnshire Ladies team, had an up and down round shooting three birdies but, uncharacteristically for her, a couple of double bogies too. That said, most golfers would settle for an up and down round of 74, just two over gross par to lead the field after round one. Liz Haughton, who recently returned to golf after a lay off of several years was second and Ladies’ Captain Sheila Douty was third. Emma also led the field in the nett competition with 73 on countback from Angela Wheeler, Sheila Douty was in third on 77.
After a very quick lunch, a change of socks and a mental rub down, the Ladies were soon back on the course for round two. The afternoon had clouded over a little but the humidity was still high and energy sapping. Emma got straight back into her stride with a couple of birdies and finished her round with a 77 to give her a total of 151 for the two rounds.
She said that there were no big moments, just good, clean, steady golf. She knew that it was very important when playing two rounds in a day, to pace herself properly and concentrating on each shot was the key rather than looking for the clever, but high risk ones. She went on to praise Adi Porter and his team for presenting the course in such good order especially considering the recent hot conditions. Emma will look forward to prize night on November 15th where she will pick up the Waycot Bowl from former President Mike Waycot. Liz Haughton beat her own first round score and finished in second place, Sheila Douty took third place just a few shots behind.
In the nett competition, Sheila Douty off sixteen had a great second round of nett 70 to win the Dryden Salver. She said that she was very pleased with her concentration level in both rounds but the second one in particular, she finished with a nett total of 147. Emma Tipping was second just two shots behind. Angela Wheeler took third place a further two shots behind Emma.
The competitors in the Men’s championship have great respect for the Ladies for playing not just two rounds but two with the added pressure of the title and two trophies in just the one day.
The Bunny Cup for Ladies with a handicap of twenty five plus was competed for over one round on the Lakes course. The winner was Greetham Valley director Hazel Hinch. Hazel, playing off thirty six came home with 39 points and was cut to thirty three. Bryony Batch was second with thirty one on countback from Glynis Sellars. Hazel was extremely pleased with her win after a couple of great tips from Greetham Valley coach Jim Hetherington.
First Team Captain Neil Harris, a regular on the William Hunt Trilby Tour, has qualified for the grand final yet again. He was one of only ten qualifiers, from the regional qualifier at The Nottinghamshire over the weekend. He will now go forward to the grand final to be played at Rockcliffe Hall in County Durham on 28th August. This is the second time that he has made the final and he hopes that the experience gained at the first one will stand him in good stead.
The Midweek Stableford played on the Lakes course was a very tight affair with second to eighth places all having to be settled on countback. This didn’t bother the winner, Andy Webb, he came in with 40 points, he was cut to seventeen. Tim Brown took second on countback from first team regular Andrew Frisby, off four, they both scored 39 points. Paul Child-Freeman and Paul Downs both scored 38 points and Ryan Tarrant, Darren Want and Keith Heppenstall all came in with 37 points.