2021 Championships Final Day Report
Longcliffe welcomed the last four players still standing with a sunny morning and the course looking at its best. After the semi-final going to the 25th hole yesterday it felt like we’d never been away!
The referees for each Final were Bea Cotton and Angela Allington and we got underway soon after 10am, with our own Lady President as starter.
The Russell Trophy final was played over 18 holes – the finalists this year being Suzanne Pretty (Longcliffe) and Ellie York (Hinckley). It was a very even match between the home player and last year’s County Champion, with both players parring the first before Suzanne took the lead on the second, holding it until the 5th when a bogey took the match back to all square. Ellie birdied the 9th to turn 1 up but Suzanne caught her again on the 12th and then each took it in turns to win holes until Ellie won the 16th and the 18th to win the match 2 up.
Ellie’s matches yesterday had both only gone to the 12th hole so she was pleased to play the rest of the course today in what was a very close match. Congratulations to both players for reaching the Russell Trophy Finals and then giving the spectators such an exciting game to watch.
The Championship Final is played over two rounds of 18 holes and this year’s finalists were Jo Morris and Eleanor Parkinson, both from Willesley Park. Eleanor celebrated her 15th birthday last week and is a member of the Midlands Junior Development Squad. Jo is a former winner of the Championships with her name on the cup three times already. At the end of the first round Jo was 5 up, but after a quick lunch they were out again and Eleanor held her own for the start of the second round, winning holes 5 & 6, before Jo won Holes 7 & 8. After a hard-fought match with good golf played by both, it was won 8 & 7 by Jo Morris.
Some excellent golf has been played throughout the 3 days, in very mixed weather and all the spectators have enjoyed watching the progress of the golfers over the three days.
Congratulations to all our players and winners over the weekend, and particularly to Jo Morris our 2021 Champion, for winning this Championship for the fourth time, and to our Runner up, talented Junior, Eleanor Parkinson.
Thank you to all supporters and to Longcliffe Golf Club for their support and welcome throughout the three days.
County Champs Organiser