Junior County Match Days at John O’Gaunt – Cambs and Hunts Golf Girls really Rocked
In the Junior County Match Days held at John O’Gaunt Golf Club Cambs and Hunts faced tough opposition from Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The format of the competition was six singles games with the players playing in handicap order against each of the other counties. All the Cambs and Hunts players put in fantastic performances to produce their best result in the four years in which this competition has been held.
On the first day Cambs and Hunts faced Norfolk. This was a very evenly contested match with Jade Guest finishing her match one up and Emily Smith securing a 3 & 2 victory. The match went down to the wire but Lindie Tapping only halved her match after missing a long putt, which gave a final match result of 3½-2½ to Norfolk.
Other results were Essex beat Hertfordshire 4-2 and Bedfordshire beat Suffolk 3½-2½.
On the Tuesday morning the opponents were Suffolk. The Cambs and Hunts girls put in a brilliant performance with Jade Guest and Chalani Allen each securing solid halves from the top two matches. Chloe Ashman then came home with a great 3 & 2 victory followed by an excellent 4 & 2 win for Lindie Tapping. Emily Smith came home with a 3 & 2 victory and Chloe Neal, in her debut, won 2 & 1 to complete a resounding 5 – 1 match result.
Other scores in the morning were Essex halved with Bedfordshire 3 – 3 and Hertfordshire beat Norfolk 4½-1½.
Cambs and Hunts were in buoyant mood after their morning victory and were looking forward to their match against Bedfordshire. Jade Guest clinched a solid 3 & 2 win to set the pace. Although Bedfordshire won the next two games, Cambs and Hunts players responded magnificently. Lindie Tapping clinched her match 3 & 2, Sophie Nicoll won her first match with an excellent 5 & 4win and debut girl Ella Mason held her nerve to run out a winner finishing 2 up for a match score of 4 – 2 to Cambs and Hunts.
Other results in the afternoon were Essex beat Norfolk 4 – 2 and Hertfordshire beat Suffolk 4-2.
On the Wednesday morning the opponents for Cambs and Hunts were Essex. Once again Jade Guest produced a fine performance to run out a winner by 4 & 3. Junior Captain Chalani Allen fought all the way to claim a valuable half. The Essex team were in good form and won the remaining games to clinch the match 4½-1½.
Other results in the morning were Norfolk beat Suffolk 5-1 and Hertfordshire beat Bedfordshire 5-1.
On Wednesday afternoon our opponents were Hertfordshire, who always provide strong opposition and all the games were evenly contested.
After we lost the top match Chalani Allen levelled the score with a fine 2 & 1 win. Lindie Tapping fought hard and closed out her match on the 17th hole for a 2 & 1 victory. With Hertfordshire 3-2 up Cambs and Hunts hopes rested on the result of the fifth game. Emily Smith was one up on the 17th hole. With her opponent in trouble off the tee Emily produced a solid drive and second shot to the edge of the green and clinched the hole to win the match 2 up, giving a match result of 3 all.
Other results of the afternoon were Essex beat Suffolk 6-0 and Bedfordshire and Norfolk drew 3 all.
The winners of the competition were Essex with 4½ points (21 games won), with Hertfordshire in 2nd place with 3½ points (18½ games won), Cambs & Hunts in 3rd place with 2½ points (16 games won), Norfolk in 4th place with 2½ points (15 games won), Bedfordshire in 5th place with 2 points (12½ games won) and Suffolk in 6th place with 0 points (6½ games won).