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Hollingsworth holds her nerve to secure victory on final hole




It has been a busy time for Toft ladies who have been engaged in a variety of trophy and match competitions despite the unhelpful weather and injured players.

Twelve players took part in the annual Ormrod Trophy event which produced some good scores despite the dull and blustery conditions.

Top of the field and continuing her winning streak was Linda Moss with a cracking total of 40 points to lift the trophy she had won two years ago and to receive another handicap reduction.

Sally Burton, Ormrod Trophy winner Linda Moss, Mandy Lees and lady captain Sandie Streets (12506369)
Sally Burton, Ormrod Trophy winner Linda Moss, Mandy Lees and lady captain Sandie Streets (12506369)

Sally Burton came in second on 36 points and Mandy Lees was third on countback from Chris Barnes on 34 points.

Lady captain Sandie Streets had provided two extra prizes for nearest the pin on the third and ninth holes which were won by Sally Burton and Mandy Lees.

The friendly away match against Boston West ladies involving four pairs set a challenge on a matured course with punishing rough, plentiful bunkers and huge greens.

The visitors relished the prospect and produced winning golf to claim a 4-0 result.

Cathy Lee and Rosemary Delaine-Smith had a narrow 2&1 win while in a second close contest Helen Roscoe and Anne Wildish won two up.

Sandra Wildmore and Viv Chappell had a comfortable 4&3 win while the final Toft pair of Chris Barnes and Sally Burton played excellent steady golf to win 5&3.

Karen Parsonage, Mary Stark, lady captain Sandie Streets with Anne Wildish and Cathy Lee who were the winning pair in the Sally Parker Cup competition. (12506373)
Karen Parsonage, Mary Stark, lady captain Sandie Streets with Anne Wildish and Cathy Lee who were the winning pair in the Sally Parker Cup competition. (12506373)

The Sally Parker Cup competition attracted only 12 ladies owing to injuries and absences for various reasons but still the quality of golf was high and competition fierce played in the stableford greensomes pairs format.

A stiff breeze and intermittent sunshine made play interesting for the six competing pairs with Angela Jenkinson and Marie Davenport coming third with 32 points (18 on back nine) and Mary Stark and Karen Parsonage in second spot on 34 points (19 on front nine).

Just the one point ahead and winning the trophy was Cathy Lee and Anne Wildish with 35 points.Their consistency (17 out, plus 18 back) served them well.

Round three of the national Annodata Matchplay competition saw Toft ladies visit Rothley Park on a dreadful weather day with conditions so bad postponement seemed likely.

However, after an inspection, the two captains deemed the course playable with the exception of some seriously rain-affected bunkers.

Louise Bradley had her best ever singles result, winning 8&7 against an eight handicapper, to give Toft a brilliant start.

Toft’s triumphant Annodata Matchplay competition team. (12506371)
Toft’s triumphant Annodata Matchplay competition team. (12506371)

Alison Ravenhill lost a close match 3&1, but Mandy Lees returned the favour with her 3&1 success while Cathy Lee lost her match 5&4 which made the last game on the course the decider.

It was also the only match to reach the 18th hole which made it all the more nail-biting as Lisa Hollingsworth stood on the 18th tee one up so a win would see Toft through and a loss would mean a play-off.

Lisa's high pressure chip from 70 yards out of thick wet rough over a bunker landed two feet from the hole and she duly holed it to win the hole and with it the match with a par score.

This tremendous effort gave Toft a 3-2 win.



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