Lady Championship 20th and 21st June 2020
After lots of discussion the Ladies Committee decided to hold the Championships on the dates scheduled in the diary. Much preparation took place ensuring that the Section and the Club abided by all the rules and regulations imposed on us due to COVID 19.
The 36-hole Championship competition to be played over 2 days had 21 entrants and an additional 24 ladies signed up for the Senior Championship which was 18 holes on the Sunday. A great turnout even though we had ladies missing because of family commitments and others who couldn’t play this year due to injury and self-isolating issues. I look forward to them re-joining us for next year’s Championships.
The weather was perfect for us but scoring was difficult despite having COVID 19 relief from bunkers. Water hazards seemed to have been very popular with many ladies!
After day 1 the results were very close. For both Nett and Gross there were only a few shots in it and any of the top 9 ladies had a chance. However, as we are all aware no two rounds of golf are the same.
On Sunday, the weather remained fine and warm but a little breezier than the previous day. Conditions were definitely trickier and as a result everyone in the top 9 places played more shots on the Sunday, except for one player – Lorraine Morgan… She managed to record a 6-shot improvement over Saturday which was enough to secure her 1st place and retain the title of Lady Champion. Well done Lorraine.
Lady Senior Champion was won on count back by Lorna Berryman with a gross 97.
Normally our ladies celebrate the Championship Weekend with a formal dinner and prize giving ceremony on Sunday evening. Of course, this year that was impossible. So, we held a 1st ever “Zoom” prize giving at 7.00pm where over 40 ladies joined in to hear the results and celebrate the winners. Luckily our Lady Champion still had the trophy at home from last year!
This event could not have taken place without the help of many people. A huge thank you to all of them.
Andy, our head greenkeeper and his team for getting the course in great condition for the competition. We appreciated the pins being moved each day.
Roger and the pro shop for helping get our ladies section up and running again.
Charles Bone our official photographer for Sunday. Great photos taken on the 1st tee with markers indicating where the ladies had to stand to respect social distancing. Then he hid in foliage on the 18th to get more photos. I understood before he did this, he went home to change into better camouflage clothing!
Brian our starter and our Club Captain, Steve Parrett who saw our ladies off the 1st tee on both days.
Neal Apps our Club Competition secretary for doing all the scoring on his laptop and Steve Gibbs for collecting cards at the 18th – wearing lovely “marigolds”
Denise, my Vice for giving me support over these past few difficult months and hosting our zoom presentation.
Finally, to our Competition Secretary – Lorna Berryman for all her hard work to make the 2020 Championship Weekend happen. Also, for her efforts over the last couple of weeks getting lady competitions started again.
Ladies Champion Lorraine Morgan 172
Nett Winner Janine McCauley 151
Gross Runner Up Jane Fenner 182
Nett Runner Up Sue Gibbs 156
Senior Ladies Champion Lorna Berryman 97
Senior Ladies Nett Winner Anthea Hawkins 77
Senior Gross Runner Up Marian Witcomb 97 OCB
Senior Nett Runner Up Pam Schonenberger 78
Sat. Gross Winner Carolyn Robinson 91
Sat. Nett Winner Tricia Palmer 75
Sun. Gross Winner Jos Kerr 93
Sun. Nett Winner Lin Cooper 76
A full list of results can be found on IG (App or Website)
SWGC Lady Captain 2020