Jean Wilkinson Final – First time success for The Links, Newmarket

Jean Wilkinson Final – First time success for The Links, Newmarket

The Links, Newmarket claimed their first Jean Wilkinson Trophy after a tough game against Royston in the semi-final, followed by a real battle against Brampton Park in the final. The Cambridgeshire Golf Club hosted the competition which consists of seven singles matches played off scratch within three different handicap bands. The blustery wind and frequent short sharp showers made playing conditions difficult.

In the first semi-final between The Links and Royston, The Links won four of the first five matches to complete a 4-2 victory with the final match being called in as a result had been achieved.

In the other semi-final Brampton Park won the top three matches but Lakeside Lodge claimed a half in the fourth match and won the fifth match to reduce the arrears. With Brampton Park winning the fifth match to claim a 4½-1½ victory the final match was called in.

The final was a very evenly contested match. Brampton Park’s Fay Allison claimed their first pointed with a 1 up victory over Edie Douglas. The next three matches were all very close but The Links won all three with Lynn Lambert beating Linda Hall 2 & 1, Barbara Coe beat Sally Palmer by the same score and Jane Monk claimed a 2 up victory against Karen Large.

Brampton Park fought back to level the score at 3 all when Anne Gibb won her match 6 & 4 and Katie Dixon claimed her match 5 & 4.

As the fourth match between Lesley McAllister (Links) and Julie Miller (Brampton Park) was all square on the 18th hole the players went to the 19th hole where Lesley McAllister sunk a long putt to clinch her match, giving The Links, Newmarket a winning match score of 4-3.

(Photo shows The Links Captain Marcella Tuttle celebrating success with her winning team.)