Hamptworth Golf

Wiltshire ladies battle it out at Hamptworth

Jo Terry won the Wiltshire Ladies County Golf Association championship after three days of competition at Hamptworth Golf and Country Club.

Competitors described it as a challenging course requiring them to place the ball strategically in order to score well; and the large greens were in a superb condition.

In total, 22 ladies from 14 Wiltshire clubs entered the qualifying competition at the course between Southampton and Salisbury in the north of the New Forest.

Throughout the three days, some fantastic golf was played, with several matches being decided on the 18th green and one going to the 20th.

In perfect conditions, the Championship Salver was won by Jo Terry of Salisbury & South Wilts Golf Club, with a fine all-round display.

The Taunton Bowl for the runner-up went to Alison Grandison of Chippenham who also won the Sybil Parson Plate for the best gross score in the qualifying rounds for contestants aged 40 and over.

Former and current county juniors had a successful championship with Sarah Gee of West Wilts and 14-year-old Seona Mauchline of High Post semi-finalists in the championship.

Sarah also won the Deacon Cup for the best gross score for contestants aged 21 and under.

In the Second Flight, the Gillian Wood Trophy was won by Courtney Boyes of The Wiltshire, with Katie Dove-Medows of Cumberwell Park the runner-up.

Semi-finalists were Tuppence Hale of Chippenham and Karen Sturges of Tidworth.

Following her success in the spring meeting, Karen Gosling of Marlborough won the Kennard Cup for the best aggregate scores in both competitions with Carol Main of Chippenham runner-up.

The Hoare Salver for the best 36 gross score in the qualifying rounds was won by Sarah Gee of West Wilts with Alex Patton of Manor House runner-up.

Roles were reversed when Alex Patton of Manor House won the Barber Dish for the best net score with Sarah Gee of West Wilts runner up.

Chippenham - represented by Alison Grandison, Tuppence Hale and Carol Main - won the Team Shield with the best three gross scores in the qualifying rounds.

Carl Faulds, the owner of Hamptworth – home of the Par 6, 666 yard hole The Beast - said: “It was a pleasure to host the tournament and I’m pleased the course was testing but enjoyable.

“After a huge amount of work on the course this summer we are extremely pleased with how it is playing and we welcome members and non-members to come and have a round and then enjoy our newly refurbished, family-friendly café-bar, Barny’s.”

Lynn Thornton, county competition secretary, said: “Wiltshire Ladies County Championships, held at Hamptworth Golf Club, were a fine display of excellence.

“The Ladies competing had handicaps ranging from two to 21, and all played well, in the sunshine – carefully organised by Hamptworth.

“The venue was superb, the golf course is in excellent condition, a tribute to the management and the greens staff.

“The champion – Jo Terry – played 99 holes over the three days, including a 36 hole medal on day one – proving that not only is this championship a test of golf but also of stamina, mental ability and fitness.

“Thank you to Hamptworth members and staff for hosting this, the most prestige event in the County Ladies calendar.”

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