On the hottest day of the year so far, the Ladies took to the Lakes course to compete in the Ladies 0-24 Handicap Championships. Unlike the men, who play theirs over two days with a cut after the first, the Ladies play the first round in the morning and the second in the afternoon. Defending champion Sophie Beardsall, who has won for the past seven years, felt that the competition was tougher this year than in any other.
After the first round Sophie, who had started out well with a couple of birdies, had a poor finish to end her round with a gross 72. Fellow County team member Emma Tipping was in second place with 76 and Bev Dolman off 11 shot 85 to take third.
The course saw a big change in the second round, when the cooling breeze, which had been very welcome in the morning, suddenly started to blow until it was easily a two club wind and made scoring that much more difficult. Sophie, uncharacteristically, had a couple of three putts on the back nine and came home with a gross 81. Emma shot the lowest gross of the afternoon with 79 and Kay Ropson came into the frame with an 88. Sophie heaved a huge sigh of relief as the final score came in, she thought that she had blown her chances this year. In the end she managed to win the Waycot Bowl for a record eighth year on the trot with 152. Emma finished second with 155 and Kay Ropson managed to push Bev Dolman into fourth place, beating her by one shot with 172. Sophie said that she was extremely pleased to have won but for a while it was touch and go.
For the past few years Sophie has also won the Dryden Salver for the best net score; this year that honour went to Sue Ker. Sue, who had already dropped three shots in the past week, had two very consistent rounds of 73 and 74 to take the trophy and the title with a splendid 147, she also saw another shot taken off her handicap. Sophie was second on 150 and Emma Tipping was third with 151 on count back from the luckless Bev Dolman who was pushed back to fourth again. Sue said that winning the medal last week had really given her a greater confidence in her abilities and hopes that she can carry this on through the year.
Lesley Young, who was second in the Ladies Landover Trophy last week, didn’t manage to get into the prizes in the championship but she did have the best net round of the day when everybody else struggled in the high wind. She had a fantastic round of 71, including a hole in one on the tough par three fourteenth, unfortunately her morning round of 83, which included several putts that just lipped out, took her out of contention. Lesley was cut by another shot, this takes her to nineteen, just one short of her target for the year of eighteen.
The Ladies Bunny Cup competition for 25 plus handicappers took place on the same afternoon. Long hitting Jo Morris had a birdie on the tough par four seventeenth to help her complete a round of 34 points to take the trophy and lose a shot off her handicap. Bryony Batch was third with 29 and Christine Slattery who scored 28 points was third.
Kay Ropson won the Ladies mid week medal with a splendid 84, net 76. Gillian Upton was second with 106, net 79 and former Ladies President Beryl Crosland off seventeen was third with a gross 98, net 81.