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Please click here for the Results of the 1st Round of the Cranworth - played yesterday
The updated Draw - with details of matches and venues for the Quarter Finals
A day of highs and lows and what-might-have-beens, the hottest day of the week and some amazing performances that followed a rather disappointing morning over the Chigwell golf course. It wasn’t for lack of effort on the part of Suffolk’s foursomes’ pairings that resulted in three points for Essex by lunchtime. Vanessa Bell and Vicki Inglis squared their match at nine against the Essex duo of Hannah Moul and Ashley Croft, but they couldn’t sustain the forward momentum and ran out of holes at sixteen. Lils James and Sharon Luckman fought a losing battle against Emily Irons and Lily Humphreys, while Lottie Whyman and Ellie Aldous never quite got it together and lost 4/3.
So there was nothing to lose realistically as the teams set out to play the six singles, because, from Suffolk’s point of view the dream of winning against the team that had triumphed in all four of its previous matches had gone and there was just pride left to play for. And that pride resulted in some resounding results and one or two that nearly came off, but not quite.
Lottie Whyman, Suffolk’s new young champion, took top spot facing Hannah Moul, a player who was a precocious young talent and has become a seasoned campaigner, although she’s still not exactly ancient! Lottie began with a pulled drive which found willow trees and effectively cost her the hole against Hannah’s standard four. She also lost number two and was three down after five but pulled back to square by nine. Hannah moved ahead in the second half but was again pulled back to level. At eighteen, Hannah found the semi-rough off the tee; Lottie was dead centre on flat ground and yards ahead. In the end, Lottie took the chance to sink a fifteen foot putt to win the hole, adding Suffolk’s first singles' point to the tally. It was a splendid effort and great to overhear the two young opponents making plans to play more golf together.
Vanessa Bell took on Sophie Madden who must have been buoyed up to find herself at three up after nine. Her joy would have been short-lived, however, as Vanessa put her foot to the pedal and came back strongly, polishing off the match at seventeen. In the overall match terms, Essex now had three points and Suffolk two which didn't sound so bad.
Then came three matches which all finished on the eighteenth, unfortunately from the Suffolk viewpoint, two of them in favour of Essex. The short sixth hole saw more than it’s share of birdies during the week and Ashley Croft made one of them today, holing out from distance to go two up, having also won the fifth against Sharon Luckman. Sharon hit a mammoth drive at eight, made four and claimed one back and got back to square at nine. Steady competition took them to the eighteenth tee all square and there Ashley coolly made another birdie which Sharon couldn’t quite match and the point went to Essex.
Tanya McGregor, representing Suffolk at first team level for just the second time, faced Emily Irons. Tanya played bravely throughout and was two down after nine, courtesy of a missed, very short putt by her opponent. She was three down after eleven and just one down after seventeen. However, eighteen finally escaped her clutches and Emily claimed the point for her team.
Sarah Howe and Holly Haslam had a great game. Holly was two up after nine and Sarah missed a chance to get one back at ten. Cut and thrust brought them to seventeen where Sarah won the hole with a par four to stand on the eighteenth tee one hole adrift. The eighteenth was actually a bit scrappy, but Sarah won it with a five and the two of them shared the point.
Ellie Aldous found her best game a little elusive but she remained stalwart. She went two down after eleven when she failed to get out of a greenside bunker and, unfortunately, was unable to redress the balance, running out of holes on sixteen.
So ended Suffolk’s golfing week but the team finished on an upbeat note and their three match wins out of five will give them confidence for their future efforts. Essex took the place in the English County Championship Finals, having won all five of their matches. There will be some wash-up notes for the website later.
Results (Suffolk names first):
Foursomes: Vanessa Bell & Vicki Inglis lost to Hannah Moul & Ashley Croft 3/2; Lils James & Sharon Luckman lost to Emily Irons & Lily Humphreys 5/4; Lottie Whyman & Ellie Aldous lost to Sophie Madden & Ashley Greenham 4/3.
Singles: Whyman bt Moul 2up; Bell bt Madden 2/1; Luckman lost to Croft 1 down; Sarah Howe halved with Holly Haslam; Tanya McGregor lost to Irons 2 down; Aldous lot to Humphreys 4/2.
Final Result: Suffolk 2.5, Essex 6.5
For Full Report and Results for County Match Week - click here
Back left to right - Ann Graves, Joan Garrett, Ruth Reynard, Tessa Summers and Pauline Hawes
Front left to right - Lotti Edmunds, Jo Moore and Judy Taylor.
Rookery Park was in excellent condition for this match, which was played in a happy frame of mind. Regrettably for the Ladies, the two extra shots and good performances all round were not sufficient for a win against strong and competitive opposition. Hambro scoring produced a result of +10 holes in the men's favour. Next year we will be re-negotiating the number of extra shots! After the game a sociable meal was enjoyed by everyone.
Jo Moore, Seniors Organiser
Results - Lotti Edmunds & Joan Garrett lost to Andy Crisp and Alan Scovell 5 down; Jo Moore & Ann Graves bt Alan Garrett and Chris Whyatt 3 up; Tessa Summers & Ruth Reynard lost to Jim Cole & Peter Wood 6 down, Judy Taylor & Pauline Hawes lost to Andy Ball & David Matter 2 down.
Final result: SLCGA Seniors lost by 10 holes.