No Eurovision partying for those who had to be back on the tee this morning….. Caz Parkes-Walley (Lutterworth) and Ellie York (Lutterworth) were back in action for the 36 hole Championship Final with Phil Askew as their referee. This well-matched pair set off in good spirits as the sun burned off the early morning fog. The lead went back and forth with some excellent golf being played. Caz took an early lead, winning the first two holes but Ellie came back to make it all square on the 6thand then won the 7th with a birdie but the lead didn’t last and they turned all square. After winning a hole each the match was all square through the 13th but Caz won 4 of the last 5 holes to finish the first round 4 up.
After a quick lunch they were out again and both played some phenomenal golf with Caz parring the front 9 in 35 shots and Ellie making 36. On the turn Caz was 5 up and although Ellie chipped away at that lead the Championship was eventually won by Caz (5&3) with a fourth birdie on the 15th hole.
The final of the Russell Trophy saw Lisa Porter (Lingdale) up against Tracey Bates (Willesley Park) in a one round match refereed by Bea Cotton. This was another tight game between two talented players. (A special mention should go to Lisa’s son Callum who caddied for her in matching red and black team colours and was plainly proud to be supporting his Mum) Both players won holes in turn and at halfway Tracey was 1 up. The 10th hole was halved and then Tracey won another before conceding the 12th to Lisa. With Tracey still 1 up they halved the next 3 holes, Tracey won the 16th and then lost the last two holes. Back to all square they were back on the 1st tee to do it all over again watched by a large group of spectators, who saw Tracey win this 19th hole and the Russell Trophy.
Amanda Morgan (Championship Organiser)