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Hampshire pair win Mothers and Daughters
Hampshire’s Elaine and Charlotte Barrow, from Brokenhurst Manor, added their names to the distinguished list of winners of the Mothers and Daughters, the 27-holes strokeplay foursomes at Royal Mid Surrey.
Charlotte Barrow, aged 14, a five-handicap, follows in the footsteps of England girl international, Alex Peters, from Notts Ladies, winner of the event for the past three years with her mother, Ann. Alex was also only 14 when the pair claimed their first victory in 2008. The Peters were unable to defend their title this year but that left the field wide open for an exciting contest.
With Royal Mid Surrey bathed in sunshine and covered in blossom, the Barrows started with a spring in their step making a birdie at the first hole. Elaine, the Hampshire junior organiser, praised her daughter’s “amazing putting” which led to back-to-back birdies on the long par four, 14th and par three, 15th holes on their way to an outstanding morning round of four-over-par, 75. They added a four-over 39 in the afternoon nine holes to win by a shot.
Former Curtis Cup player, Jill Thornhill and daughter, Caroline Weeks, from Walton Heath, winners in 1987 and 2002, were two shots adrift on 77 after the morning eighteen. While another Walton Heath pair, Christine and Charlotte Griffith, the lowest handicaps in the field, lay a further shot behind on 78.
Thornhill and Weeks continued to challenge in the afternoon but a double bogey on the short 6th spoiled their chances and they missed out on the scratch prize by two shots. But their score was still good enough to take the 27-hole handicap trophy.
As the wind picked up in the afternoon, 17-year-old Charlotte Griffith, a three handicapper, and her mother, Christine, nearly caught the leaders by finishing with a birdie, but it wasn’t quite enough and they finished one shot back.
Meanwhile it was a real achievement for Morag Broom to finish on 129 with her mother, Mary Morrison. Morag is six weeks away from giving birth - perhaps to a future partner!
With such a competitive field, Elaine Barrows was brimming with delight at winning for the first time with her daughter, Charlotte. However the Mothers and Daughters does present a small dilemma for her each year, as she has another, five-handicap, daughter and although she will be back next year to defend the title, it will be with her elder daughter, sixteen-year-old, Laura!
114 Elaine & Charlotte Barrow (Brockenhurst Manor) (75 & 39)
115 Christine & Charlotte Griffith (Walton Heath) (78 & 37)
116 Jill Thornhill & Caroline Weeks (Walton Heath) (77 & 39)
118 Elizabeth Boatman & Alex Howe (Royal Worlington/Royal County Down) (79 & 39)
121 Carol & Lauren Blease (Burhill) (79 & 42)
123 Bea Cummins & Carly Cummins (Parkstone/Burhill) (83 & 40)
124 Ann Laughland & Rosie Jenner (Rye) (84 & 40)
124 Elsie Provan & Sarah Saggers (East Herts) (85 & 39)
125 Jackie Tenniswood & Karen Tenniswood (Westhill/Wentworth) (85 & 40)
125 Lynne & Alexandra Tait (St. Regulus Ladies) (84 & 41)
126 Jenny Nicole Hamilton (Dartford G C) (83 & 43)
127 Jill Hickson & Emily Hickson (Royal Mid-Surrey) (84 & 43)
128 Elizabeth & Rachel Drummond (Beaconsfield) (86 & 42)
129 Evelyn & Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill) (86 & 43)
129 Sheila Stirling & Heather Stirling (Royal Mid-Surrey) (87 & 42)
129 Mary Morrison & Morag Broom (Hanbury Manor/Henley) (85 & 44)
130 Jill & Erica Sanders (Stockport) (89 & 41)
130 Angela Davis & Jackie Foster (Porters Park/Bishops Stortford) (86 & 44)
130 Vi Dolton & Di Holt (Basingstoke) (87 & 43)
130 Alison Taylor & Nicola Taylor (Walton Heath) (88 & 42)
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
12. December 89
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day