Sally and Sophie win Ladies Doubles Final for 4th time

After winning the Ladies’ Doubles competition three times, Sally Bowker,  playing off thirteen, and playing partner Sophie Beardsall off scratch found themselves in the final yet again and trying for an unprecedented fourth title. In their way were the formidable pairing of Emma Tipping off two and ten handicapper Heather Morgan. In the front nine both pairings had birdies and net birdies, the lead was swapped several times but Sally and Sophie managed to carve out a three hole lead at the turn.

Emma and Heather fought back to win the tenth and eleventh, cutting the deficit to one. Super Sally then took hold of the game by the scruff of the neck and had four great holes, their opponents missed vital putts for birdies and found themselves teeing off on the long par five sixteenth at dormy. Emma and Heather needed to win the hole to stay in the match but Sally, who was on a roll had other ideas. Emma made the green in regulation with a shot, Sally was also on the green in three but only ten foot from the hole. Emma played first and just skimmed the edge of the hole for what would have been a fantastic birdie and was left with the simplest of tap ins for a par. Sally had two shots for a par to halve the hole and take yet another win, however, after playing very well all the way through, she had other thoughts and after a good look at the hole hit the ball straight and true dead centre for a birdie, net eagle. Emma and Heather were disappointed to lose after starting the back nine so well but said that it was a high quality game that was a pleasure to play in. 

Sophie said that Sally had played so well that she was really glad that it was doubles that they had been playing and not singles. Sally replied that it was the quality of the opposition that really pushed her to play as well as she did. 

Sally will play against Emma in the Ladies’ Singles knockout final in a week’s time, look out for fireworks!

Emma Tipping had a great win in the Ladies’ October Weekend Medal held on the Lakes course. Emma off two shot a gross seventy four to win the medal and a share of the lowest gross. Seventeen handicapper Jackie Friend was second with a gross ninety and Sophie Beardsall off scratch took third with a gross seventy four and claimed a share of the lowest gross with her fellow County team mate. 

The Seniors and the Ladies section held their Annual Mixed Away Day at Blankney Golf Club last week. The weather was very kind to them and the course, new to most of the field, was in great order. Pat Dawson and playing partner Mel Clark had a great front nine, scoring twenty one points, then a further eighteen on the back nine gave them a winning score of thirty nine points to take the win and the trophy. Pat said that she and Mel complemented each other very well, when one was out of the hole the other came in. Ladies’ Captain Eileen Pare and Seniors’ Captain Peter Macdonald Pearce were second with thirty eight points. Sue Wiles and Tim Pearson, who was playing in his first mixed game, were third on count back.

Pat’s husband Chris Dawson won the Nearest the Pin on hole thirteen, Kay Ropson won it on the seventh and Ladies’ Vice Captain Sheila Douty took it on the fourth. All in all, a very good day out which was organised by the Seniors’ Vice Captain Rod Wells. 

The scoring was very tight in the second round of the Seniors’ Winter League, the top three had to be separated on countback as they all came in with forty points. The win went to Malcolm Barnes by virtue of a better back nine, with Gordon Wiles coming in second. Division One Singles winner John Taylor continued his good form to take third. The points will also count towards their totals in the Winter League where the best five scores from ten games count.