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Winter Foursomes Final 2010 - 2011

The Rosebery Course, Mentmore Golf Club

Friday 18th March 2011

Winter Foursomes Winners 2010 - 2011
                          The 2010 - 2011 Winter Foursomes Winners:
 From Left:- Claire Wilcox (Burnham Beeches) & Sarah Hocking (Harleyford)

The Winter Foursomes final was held at Mentmore Golf Club, on the Rosebery Course, on Friday 18th March between Sarah Hocking and Claire Wilcox from Harleyford (although Claire is actually a member at Burnham Beeches) and Jane Wetherall and Julia Gallagher from Woburn.  Sarah and Claire were receiving nine shots from Jane and Julia.

The weather was cold and rainy, so many thanks to the caddies and also to the supporters who braved the weather to turn up and watch.  Thanks also to all four players, who played the match in a very friendly manner, which made my role as match referee exceedingly easy.

Sarah and Claire made an excellent start, getting up and down from the greenside bunker on the first hole to win the hole with a par.  On the second hole Sarah and Claire used their shot to get a half.  On the par 3 third Sarah hit an excellent tee shot, and they won the hole with a par.  The fourth hole was halved, and then Sarah and Claire got an excellent birdie on the 5th to go three up.  Sarah and Claire won the 6th with a net par, and on the 7th Claire hit a superb chip from off the green to about 2 feet for a net par and another win.  On the par 3 eighth hole, Jane hit an excellent tee shot to about 12 feet, and they won the hole with a par.  On the 9th, Sarah and Claire struck back, again using their shot to win the hole, and going 5 up at the turn.

After a hot drink from the halfway hut for players, caddies and spectators (we all needed warming up), play continued at the 10th, where Sarah and Claire managed a net par to win the hole.  At the 11th, Sarah and Claire had a great up and down from over the back of the green, but Jane then holed a 7 foot putt for a win to get back to 5 down.  Julia then got in on the act on the 12th, holing an 8 foot downhill curling putt for a par and a half on a hole where they were giving a shot.  Jane and Julia also won the 13th, and on the 14th we all thought Julia’s chip from off the back of the green was going in for birdie, but it stopped a few inches away from the hole for a half.  Jane and Julia then played two great holes, with birdies at both 15 and 16 to get back to 2 down with 2 to play.  On the 17th Sarah and Claire kept their nerve, and got a net par to halve the hole and win the match 2 and 1.

The Four Finalists
The Finalists  -  From Left:- 
          Claire Wilcox (Burnham Beeches) & Sarah Hocking (Harleyford)
               Runners-up - Jane Wetherall & Julia Gallagher (Woburn)

On behalf of the County I would like to thank Mentmore Golf Club for allowing us courtesy of their course for this final, and also thanks to their Lady Captain, Carolyn McKewan, who braved the rain to come out and watch the match.

Janet Beal,
Joint Competitions' Secretary