Last year’s runners-up, Brampton Park, found success in this year’s final of the Grace Norman Trophy with a hard fought 2 -1 victory over The Links, Newmarket. Ramsey Golf Club hosted the semi-finals and final of the Inter- Club Foursomes competition.
In the semi-final Brampton Park faced a very strong team from Gog Magog. In the top match Brampton Park’s Lynda Hall and Kay Osborne clinched a 3 & 2 victory. Their second pair of Mo Poole and Karen Large clinched victory with a 4 & 3 win. Gog Magog’s Lesley Gilchrist and Julie Stephenson were 3 up when their match was called in as a result had been achieved.
In the second semi-final Links, Newmarket played Cromwell. In the top match Sarah Greenall and Lynn Lambert raced into an early lead and ran out winners by 7 & 5. Their second pair of Jude Hole and Teresa Locke secured a 1 up victory and Cromwell’s Debbie Jones and Josie Pilsworth won their match 2 & 1, giving a match result of 2 – 1 to the Links.
The final proved to be a very evenly contested match. All three Brampton pairs came through the twelfth hole in the lead.
Link’s top pair of Sarah Greenall and Lynn Lambert gradually fought their way back against Lynda Hall and Kay Osborne and found themselves all square at the 18th. They held their nerve to sink an important putt to clinch their match 1 up.
In the second match Brampton Park’s Mo Poole and Karen Large continued to play steady golf against Jude Hole and Teresa Locke to win their match 3 & 2.
The final match between Brampton Park’s Fay Allison and Ann Norman and The Link’s Edie Douglas and Karen Cook was very evenly contested. With the match all square coming to the 18th hole the Links incurred a penalty shot when their tee shot finished up in the river. Brampton Park’s Fay Allison and Ann Norman took advantage of this with an excellent tee shot just short of the green. The Links recovered with a superb shot to the fringe of the green and chipped dead for a five. The pressure was on Brampton Park and their shot to the green ended up in thick rough beyond the green. Fay Allison hit a good recovery shot but left a testing three foot putt, but Ann Norman held her nerve to sink the putt to secure a 1 up victory to give a match result of 2 -1 to Brampton.
(Top Photo shows Brampton Park l-r Kay Osborne, Lynda Hall, Karen Large, Mo Poole, Captain Ros Irons, Fay Allison and Ann Norman celebrating their victory) Photo no P1090023
(Photo below shows The Links Newmarket l-r Edie Douglas, Lynn Lambert, Jude Hole, Teresa Locke, Karen Cook and Sarah Greenall) Photo No. P1090014.