Surrey golfers win PING qualifier at Marriott Meon Valley
Surrey golfers Sally Peters and Sandra Read (pictured right) birdied their way to a narrow win in latest regional final of ELGA’s national competition for club golfers, the PING Ladies' Four Ball Better Ball Tournament of England 2007.
Sally and Sandra, from Guildford Ladies’ Golf Club, scored net 68, five under par, at Marriott Meon Valley Hotel and Country Club in Hampshire. They beat Dorset’s Jenny Woods and Jo Hinton on countback over the last six holes.
Their score over the crucial closing holes was helped when Sally slotted a 20-footer for a birdie three on the 18th. “It was a nice putt to roll in,” said the five-handicapper who has played for Surrey and now concentrates on seniors’ golf. Her partner is a 16-handicapper.
Sally and Sandra lead eight pairs who qualified for the grand final of the competition at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel, Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, October 2.
The qualifiers, who all scored net 72 or better, all win a pair of ECCO shoes and a PING Collection windshirt to wear at the final. Sally and Sandra also each won a PING golf bag.
“We clicked very well, we were pretty steady and we didn’t have any disasters,” said Sally. “The course was playing very nicely – but the rough was thick and you were penalised if you were off the fairway!”
Jenny Woods and Jo Hinton, who come from Dudsbury Golf Club are both excited at the propsect of playing in the grand final. Jenny, who plays off 21 is ladies’ captain at her club, said: “It’s great, absolutely wonderful. I played in the regional finals last year and got knocked out on countback so this is a bonus.”
Jenny paid tribute to her partner’s “dream game.” Jo, 28, is a nine-handicapper who is making a return to golf after eight years out of the game while she was at university and establishing herself at work.
She used to play the girls’ amateur circuit and represented Worcestershire as a junior. Now she plays for the Dorset second team.
Another Dorset pair qualified for the final in third place. Parkstone ladies’ champion Jane West and her club colleague Patsy Ellis scored 70. They just pipped Hampshire’s Lynne Brearley and Elaine Barrow, who will be playing in their second grand final.
“We’ve had a lovely day and the grand final sounds great,” said Jane, who plays off six. “We’ll be going for it.”
Jane and Patsy, a 10-handicapper, are an established pairing and played steadily throughout their round, making their score on the back nine, where they were three-under par.
Many competitors took the oppportunity to visit the driving range during the day to try the latest PING clubs. They were also able to see a display of PING Collection clothing and to try on a selection of ECCO shoes.
This was the fourth of six regional finals which will decide the field of 48 pairs for the grand final at Marriott Forest of Arden. There, they will play for the PING trophy and the winning pair will also receive prizes worth up to £500 (less the value of prizes won in an earlier round). Prizes will be awarded to the second placed pair to the value of £100 and to the third placed players to the value of £50.
Qualifiers (Par 73, SSS 72).
68 Sally Peters and Sandra Read (Guildford Ladies); Jenny Woods and Jo Hinton (Dudsbury).
70 Jane West and Patsy Ellis (Parkstone); Lynne Brearley and Elaine Barrow (Brokenhurst Manor).
71 Chris Braidwood and Carole Hewitt (Reigate Heath); Dierdre Randall and Diane Child (Hartley Wintney).
72 Jean Wills and her daughter, Jo Wills (Ilfracombe); Pilar Hedgecock and Val Griggs (Chipstead).
A Gutsy performance from both sides