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County Week 2009 Report

Ladbrook Park G.C., Warwicks

22nd - 26th June 2009

Another successful County Week has come and gone with Warwickshire as victors in the Midland South Region with Oxfordshire 2nd and Bucks 3rd.


Our first match on Monday was against our old rivals Berks and it proved to be very exciting. We were honours even after the morning foursomes. We then won 3 of the afternoon singles matches and Berks won 2.  That left Vicki Harris out on the course in a battle with Laura Webb from Berkshire. When I joined Vicki’s match she was 3 down with 3 to play but I didn't christen her “Pocket Rocket” for nothing!! She dug in and halved her match to bring us an overall win by 5 matches to 4.


Tuesday brought our game against Oxon. My congratulations to them since they are a very much improved team and they proved too strong for us. The end result was 6½ to 2½ to Oxon who then went on to win several more times during the week and battle it out on the Friday with Warwickshire for the overall win.


We played Worcester and Herefordshire (W & H) on Wednesday and once again we were honours even after the morning foursomes. However, the girls played some fantastic golf in the afternoon and won the singles 5 matches to 1, and the match we lost went down to the last putt on the last green. The overall result was Bucks 6½ to W & H 2½. My congratulations to Zoe Fitz-Costa since this was her first full county match and she brought home half a point in the foursomes with Steph Gough and then a full point on her own in the singles.


Thursday we faced Warwickshire who were last year’s winners and have a whole host of good young players. They were also on home ground and sadly they proved too strong for us and the overall result was 7 matches to 2 in Warwickshire’s favour.


Friday brought our last match against Northants. Sadly, it also brought the rain and a lot of it!! Eventually, the course became unplayable and the girls were called in from the course part way through the morning foursomes. The decision was made that all matches still on the course would be declared halved, and we would move on to the afternoon singles matches with a two tee start to give us the best chance of avoiding any other downpours. This decision left us honours even with Northants since we had each won a match and Jess Burrows and Steph Gough were still playing when the rain came. My thanks to them for accepting this decision with such grace. The afternoon singles matches were halved giving us a halved match overall and securing our 3rd place.


Whilst we didn't get the result we wanted, the team were wonderful ambassadors for Bucks. I couldn't single all of you out in this report girls, but I know you all gave your all. You were great fun to be with all week and I know you are fired up to improve Bucks’ position next year.


Can I take this opportunity to thank all the ladies who came to support and caddy? You can't believe what a boost it is to see red shirts and sweaters everywhere. We hope that you enjoyed the golf and we look forward to seeing you again at Goring & Streatley from 14th to 18th June 2010.


Carole Weir

First Team Captain