Monday, 19 November 2018

Pollard triumphs on home course

HENLEY Golf Club’s Karen Pollard was among the honours when her club hosted this year’s Oxfordshire Ladies’ County Championships held

HENLEY Golf Club’s Karen Pollard was among the honours when her club hosted this year’s Oxfordshire Ladies’ County Championships held over three days.

The championship itself was a knock out between the eight ladies with the lowest gross scores from a 36-hole qualifying competition on day one. The next lowest eight scores contest the Lucy Davies Trophy.

Three Henley ladies — Sarah Arnold (handicap seevn), Sally Woolven (eight) and Maggi Buffin (10) — reached the championship last eight along with Badgemore Park’s Millie Anderson (11). Anderson also won the best 36-hole handicap prize thanks to an afternoon round of 79 (net 68).

In the first knock-out round Arnold and Woolven were drawn against each other with the former going through to the semi-final. Buffin was drawn against Cara Gainer from Frilford Heath who won a close match on the 18th hole.

In the other half of the draw Anderson had a tough match against defending champion Sam Round. Anderson took the match to the 17th hole where the experienced Round closed the match out.

In the semi-final Arnold and Gainer had an epic struggle. It took a 40-foot putt from Gainer on the second extra hole to seal the match.

In her first county final Gainer held her nerve to close out a two and one victory over three-times county champion Round.

Henley were also well represented in the knockout stages of the Lucy Davies Trophy — a trophy presented by Lucy Davies from Huntercombe Golf Club — with Jane Atkin, Karen Pollard and Sarah Hillas all reaching the semi-finals. Jocelyn Brown also reached the quarter-finals.

Pollard had a comfortable win over Maggie Findlay from Oxford and Atkin prevailed in a tight match against Hillas. In an all-Henley final, Pollard’s long-hitting helped her to her second Davies Trophy victory against current Henley club champion, Atkin.

There were also separate competitions for mid-silver (handicaps 12 to 20) and bronze (handicaps 21 and above) championships.

Henley’s Muriel Quinsac qualified in second place for the mid-silver championship, and had a good quarter-final win before playing Penny Kendall in the semi-final. Kendall won on the 18th to set up an all-Frilford final against Sue Russell which was the former won on the 19th hole.

The bronze championship was won by Wendy Smith from Studley Wood while Meg Ashby from Huntercombe had a hole-in-one on the 11th hole on day one.

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