In the second running of the Inter Club Pairs Competition, this time at Leamington & County Golf Club, The Warwickshire GC Pair came out the winners. Held on Wednesday 3rd October, this event had 15 Pairs competing and although quite a long round time wise, all players came into the clubhouse, had some sustinance and stayed for the Presentation making it a great atmosphere.
Placing on the fairways was the order of the day, with some fairways having some wideish cracks which attracted some balls!! All temperatures were experienced whilst players were on the course, commencing with dull grey skies whilst the ladies when finishing, had shed some of their layers as the sun was shining and it had warmed up considerably.
Mrs Chris LEES, Leamington Club President gave a belated welcome to all the players and hoped they had enjoyed the Leamington course, whilst apologising for the many cracks and lack of grass in the fairways - a problem that most clubs have faced this year due to the elongated sunny and dry period.
Warwickshire Ladies President, Caroline LASSEN then responded by thanking Leamington GC for allowing the County to play this competition there and also thanking Lady Captain Lizzie SCOTT for welcoming the ladies in the morning, Chris LEES for acting as Starter to all competitors and Jane DENNICK for standing in as a marker for the final pairing. Margaret SHEEPY was also thanked as she had run the competiton as Warwickshire Competition Secretary had qualified to play in the event.
Coming in Winners with an excellent score of 39 points were Liz HOLDEN and Julie ELLIOTT from The Warwickshire GC. Apparently, Julie was a stand-in on the day so she must have been delighted with their win. Runners Up with a score of 38 points were the pairing of Sally MELLOR and Carine PRESTON from Ladbrook Park GC, who pipped the home Pairing of Gill THORPE and Val SASSELL, on the Back 9.
This event was introduced in 2017 in an attempt to encourage more Club golfers who may never have played previously in County Competitions, to enter and hopefully realise that golf in the County is for everyone, not just the elite golfers in the County. The Pairing must include one Silver Division and one Bronze Division Player and indeed this year one of the Prize Winners was off a handicap of 37. Listening to the banter in the Clubhouse, everyone had enjoyed the occasion. Hopefully more clubs will send representatives next year.
Pictured (l to r) with Caroline LASSEN are: Liz HOLDEN and Sally MELLOR & Carine PRESTON