Emma edges out rival Sophie for Greetham titles

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GREETHAM Valley’s Emma Tipping beat Sophie Beardsall to pip her rival and county team-mate to two titles this week.

Sophie, who plays off one, had won the Club Ladies Championship earlier this year, leaving Emma, playing off two, plenty to fight for in the Ladies Singles Final and, just a few days later, the Ladies Medal Winners Trophy.

Competing in slightly breezy conditions on the Lakes Course for the singles title, Emma led one up after the front nine, with both players putting for a birdie on almost every hole.

Emma then managed to increase her lead by parring every hole, forcing Sophie to take risks to level the match. Emma was two up going up the 16th and took the title took the title by three and two.

This has been Emma’s first year at Greetham Valley and Sophie paid tribute to Emma’s superb putting.

This was honours even, Sophie having won the Club Ladies Championship and Emma won the singles.

Playing in the Ladies Medal Winners Trophy a few days later, both Ladies got off to what is for them a bad start, by bogeying the first hole.

Emma birdied the third and after the front nine was level par while Sophie had a couple of hiccoughs before a birdie at the eighth to finish three over. But Sophie is not one of the best players in the County for nothing and she birdied the 10th, 14th and went one better when she eagled the 15th.

Emma had a double Bogey on the 11th but stuck to her game plan of making sure that she came off with no less than a par to par her way home.

After the 17th Sophie was two up on Emma and needed a par or a bogey to beat her, however, an unscheduled visit to the water meant that she had a double bogey and they both finished with a gross 75 leaving Emma with a nett 73 to Sophie’s nett 74.

The pair finished first and second and also took the lowest gross prize. Ladies Captain Jackie Friend took third place.

Emma and Sophie, who are both an integral part of the Lincolnshire Ladies team who won the county finals to become champions of England, are also part of the Greetham Valley team who won the Lincolnshire scratch league final for the first time in the club’s history.