Jade Guest secures title in closely fought final.
County Junior Jade Guest produced some excellent golf to become one of the youngest winners of the Cambs and Hunts Ladies County Championship. The Gog Magog golfer scored a 2 & 1 victory over defending Champion Tabitha Brain in her first appearance in the final.
In the qualifying stroke play competition of the three day event at St Neots Golf Club, Brain and Guest took the top two places with scores of 151 and 154 respectively.
In the quarter finals Guest defeated Zhanna Tarasko (Gogs) 6 & 4 and Brain secured a 5 & 4 victory over County Junior Ella Mason (Ely City), who was playing in her first championship.
In the other two quarter finals Links Marcella Tuttle had a 5 & 3 victory over local player Rosemary Farrow and Sarah Greenall (Links) completed a 6 & 4 victory over Lesley Gilchrist (Gogs).
The semi-finals saw the same four contestants as last year, but this time both matches were Gogs v Links, with Guest defeating Greenall 4 & 2 and Brain gaining a 4 & 3 victory over Tuttle.
In the final after Brain won the first hole Guest responded with a birdie on the 2nd hole to level, but a birdie for Brain restored her one hole lead. With the next three holes halved Guest produced a wonderful 2nd shot on the Par 5 seventh hole to finish inches from the hole for a certain birdie to level the scores. Brain won the 8th hole and Guest the 9th to be level at the halfway mark.
Guest moved into a two hole lead after winning the 12th and 13th holes, but Brain reduced the arrears by winning the 14th. The 15th hole was halved and on the Par 3 16th hole Guest recovered with an excellent chip and then sunk a long putt to halve the hole.
Guest closed out the match on the 17th hole with another solid par putt for a 2 & 1 victory.
Brain had some consolation as her qualifying score of 151 saw her take the Allen Newport Trophy Scratch prize. Her combined total of 237 from rounds of 77, 74 and 86 at the Division 1 meeting and County Championships saw her awarded the Scratch Bowl for best gross score.
Lucy Mills-Cripps (Ramsey) went one better than last year when she took top spot in the County Plate for the second group of qualifiers. She won 4 & 3 against Gog’s Dubi Brain in the quarter finals and then beat Pat Nixon (Ely City) 4 & 3 in the semis.
Her final opponent was Sue Hill (Girton) who defeated Laura Tuttle (Links) finishing one up and County Junior Morgan Tritton (Gogs) 2 & 1.
Mills-Cripps got off to a flying start and was six up after seven holes with a series of pars and two birdies. Hill fought valiantly to reduce the arrears by winning the 11th and 14th holes, but Mills-Cripps closed out the match with a half on the 15th hole for a 4 & 3 victory.
County Team Announced
At the conclusion of the County Championship County Captain Marcella Tuttle announced that the following players had been selected to represent Cambs and Hunts Ladies County Golf Association at the County Match Week at Bishops Stortford on 20th-24th June:
County Champion Jade Guest and Sarah Jones (Gogs), Caroline Bird, Jackie Ewing, Sarah Greenall, Claire Tuttle, Laura Tuttle and Marcella Tuttle (Links), Tina Broadley and Laura Todd (Ely City), Paula Ewing (St Ives) and Sarah Peeke-Vout (Girton) Res: Chloe Ashman (Ely City) and Lesley Gilchrist (Gogs)