The Leicestershire and Rutland County Junior Girls 2nd team won their first fixture of the season at Beedles Lake Golf Club on Sunday 7 May 2017 against Nottinghamshire.
Victoria Mayfield and Ruth Brookes both won their matches; Katie Leck narrowly lost her match while Hannah Garner-Stephens took her match to the last hole earning a half. With Nottinghamshire unable to get a 5th member of their team Aimee Cleminson got a walk over. Some good golf was played with the Leicestershire and Rutland Girls demonstrating great team spirit and sportswomanship.
Leicestershire and Rutland 31/2 - Nottinghamshire 11/2
In their next match the team face Lincolnshire (Birstall Golf Club) on 2 July 2017.
First Match Fixture of 2017
On Sunday 23 April 2017 new Captain Olivia Barrs led out the girls of Leicestershire & Rutland in their first fixture of the season in the Midland Region North Junior Inter-County League. They played against Derbyshire in the morning match at Sandwell Park Golf Club and against Shropshire in the afternoon at the same venue.
Despite being one short, due to exams and holidays, the team beat Derbyshire winning 3 matches, halving one match and conceding the final match; Olivia Barrs went to the final hole to win 1up, Kirsten Thorpe won 3 & 2, Beth Swain in a closely contested match secured a half point and Claire Keogh finished her match on the 13th green winning 6 & 5.
All four of the players won their matches against Shropshire and with the final match conceded the score was 4 – 1. Olivia and Kirsten won their respective matches 4 & 3, Beth had another close game but won 3 & 1 and Claire had to play one more hole then she did in the morning before getting her win 5 & 4.
Once again the team spirit was in evidence with each player supporting the next as soon as they had completed their match. But another marked difference between our team and the rest was the fantastic support from the parents who kept their distance but were always on hand to encourage the girls.
A great start to the new season!
Leicestershire and Rutland V Derbyshire = Won 31/2 – 11/2
Leicestershire and Rutland V Shropshire = Won 4 – 1
Match Report Midland North Region – Finals Day
22 August 2016
The final matches in the Midland North Region leagues took place at Trent Lock GC on Monday 22 August 2016. The 1st and 2nd team were in action as part of a festival of girls golf which also featured a 9 hole event for girls that are new to golf. In addition to the competitive side there were fun challenges such as playing a round on the Pirate mini golf course, some skills challenges overseen by PGA Professional Alison Johns and a sensational trick shot demonstration by Rob Brown. In all there were over a hundred girls from 6 counties taking part with great fun had by all.
The 1st team had a very tough fixture against Lincolnshire to decide the final league position for the 2016 season. The team led by Ellie York, in her last game for the county juniors, managed secure a 3 – 3 draw leaving us on equal points for 3rd position. However, after counting back individual games won and lost we ended up 4th overall with Staffordshire top, Nottinghamshire runners up, Lincolnshire 3rd and Derbyshire and Shropshire below us.
Individual results – Ellie York won 4&3, Olivia Barrs won 2&1, Kirsten Thorpe lost 5&4, Claire Keogh won 3&2, Beth Swain lost 5&4 and Katie Leck lost 1down on the last hole after coming back from 3 down with 4 to play.
The 2nd team played Shropshire in their match winning 2 games and claiming the other 2 as walk overs because Shropshire could not field a full team. This meant that we finished 5th out of 6 in the league.
Individual results- Holly Waterfield and Lucy Millard won 2 up in both their games. Ruth Brooks and Hannah Garner Stephens played a 18 hole stableford between themselves.
Leicestershire and Rutland had 7 girls playing for the county in the 9 hole event; Emily Wolverson, Hannah Davey, Katie Swain, Ellie Chandler, Sophia Rees, Stephanie Couzens and Kerry Thorpe. They all had good games but the course may have been too short for them to really demonstrate their full range of skills. However, the team comprising Emily Wolverson, Ellie Chandler and Kerry Thorpe took the runners up prize which was presented by Laura Spray from England Golf.
Midland Region North Junior Inter-County League on Monday 8 August 2016 at Chevin
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LADIES’ COUNTY GOLF ASSOCIATION
Junior 1st Team Report
The girls of Leicestershire & Rutland faced tough opposition on a testing course in their latest
matches in the Midland Region North Junior Inter-County League on Monday 8 August 2016 at
Chevin GC, Derbyshire. The morning match was against Nottinghamshire while the afternoon
challenge was against the unbeaten Staffordshire.
Junior County Captain Ellie York was unavailable but the ever resilient Olivia Barrs (Vice
Captain) stepped up to the plate, winning both her matches convincingly (2&1 and 5 &3). Emily
Dunne, fresh from a solid performance in the England-U16 girls championship, went to the 18th in
both her matches before securing a half and a win 2up. Beth Swain, who was suffering from
illness, lost both her matches but rejoiced in getting an eagle on the par 4 sixth in the morning
match. Claire Keogh fought well in the morning, coming back from being 4 down to gain a half
point. In the afternoon it was ‘nip and tuck’ although Claire generally had the upper hand;
however, when she lost her ball in the thick first cut on the 15th she conceded the hole. She
showed real grit winning the next hole but eventually lost on the 18th. Lucy Fisher-Garfield,
making her first appearance for the County this season, played well but lost to a very strong
player in the morning. In the afternoon she grew in confidence, playing some stunning shots, but
came up just short to lose 2&1. Our 2nd team regular, Katie Leck, made her first team debut.
She lost her morning match 3&2 but, showing some impressive short game skills, pushed her
afternoon opponent right to the 18th before eventually losing 1 down.
Leicestershire and Rutland V Nottinghamshire = Lost 4 -2
Leicestershire and Rutland V Staffordshire = Lost 4-2
After the matches Team Manager Jane Horwood said; “The girls should be really proud of the
way they played today! At the halfway point in the afternoon they were leading in 5 of the 6
matches, threatening to really upset the league standings against the unbeaten Staffordshire
The final league fixtures of the season will be played at the Midland North Region Festival of
Girls Golf on Monday 22 August 2016, at Trent Lock GC. This event, the first of its kind in the
country, will be a celebration of girls golf. The 1st team face a mid-table clash with Lincolnshire
while the 2nd team will play Shropshire. Alongside these important league matches there will be
a 9-hole competition aimed at girls who are just starting out in golf. Other attractions include a
trick shot demonstration, a chance to win prizes on the fun Pirates course and some
coaching/skills challenges overseen by one of the country’s leading women PGA professionals. A
huge amount of planning has been put into the organisation of the day, which promises to be a
great day out for the whole family.
2nd Team Match Report
Two girls made their 2nd team county debut against Lincolnshire at Blankney Golf Club on Sunday 10 July 2016; Holly Waterfield and Georgia Mitchison played well and took their opponents to the 16th and 17th before losing to very strong Lincolnshire players. Victoria Mayfield had a very tight game which went to the last hole all square unfortunately her opponent hit three good shots to the par 5 and Victoria narrowly lost the hole. Katie Leck tried hard but could find no answer to her opponent losing her game 6&4. Despite the windy conditions the girls maintained their skills and the team spirit could not have been better.
Result: Lincolnshire 4 Leicestershire and Rutland 0
The next match will be at the Festival of Girls Golf to be held at Trent Lock GC on 22 August 2016.