The Championship Quarter-finals got underway at the start of a bleak grey day, but the standard of
golf provided the bright spots! First match off was between Caz Parkes-Walley (Lutterworth) and
Maz Sharpe (Rothley Park). Both players enjoy Matchplay and they were very close over the front 9
holes where Maz apparently only dropped one shot so her home advantage was showing. After a
real tussle Caz eventually won the match 2&1. The next match was the two Juniors who had been
drawn together…. Scarlett Stevenson (Longcliffe) had the best nett over 36 holes on the Qualifying
Day and Gabriella Crowfoot (Kirby Muxloe) had been close behind. This was another tight match
which went to the 17th hole where Gabby won 2&1. It was a real treat to see such a high standard of
golf from two of the County Juniors. Last year’s Champion Tracy Bourne (Willesley Park) was up next
against Gemma Parkes-Walley (Lutterworth) and this finished 4&3 to Tracy after some great golf.
Holly Waterfield (Lutterworth) and Ellie York (Lutterworth) were the last match to go out and
provided some real excitement for the spectators. This match went all the way to the 18th with Ellie
winning 1 up.
The afternoon Championship semi-finals were between Caz and Gabriella then Tracy and Ellie. Again
Caz’s match went to the 17th hole before she won 2&1 against junior Gabby. It was a very close
match during which Caz said they had worked out that her golf trolley was almost the same age as
Gabriella! In the second semi-final it was Ellie who won 4&3 after a match which early on could have
gone either way. Ellie was down after a few holes but managed to win holes 4&5. On Hole 9 both
players sank long putts to halve it but then Ellie birdied the 10th to go 3 up before winning the match
on the 15th .
After a couple of late withdrawals during the week from The Russell Trophy Quarter- finals we had
some new names in the line-up and some exciting matches to come. Lisa Porter (Lingdale) and Mel
Walker (Longcliffe) took their match to the 15th where Lisa won 4&3. Sarah Storer (Cosby) played
against Clare Bailey (Birstall) and had another close fought match going all the way to the 17th where
Clare won 2&1. Tracey Bates (Willesley Park) was drawn against Leona Harris (Cosby) and Tracey was
obviously on fire, winning 8&7. Last year’s Russell Trophy winner Rachel East (Cosby) was out last
against County President Alison Horak (Ullesthorpe) and they walked back in from the 15th where
Rachel had won 4&3.
Russell Trophy Semi-final matches were between Lisa and Clare, followed by Tracey and Rachel.
These were both close matches which went all the way to the 18th Hole where Lisa Porter won 1 up
and Tracey Bates won 2 up.
Day 3 tomorrow will be the Finals of the Championship (36 holes) and The Russell Trophy (18 holes)
and the players tee off at 9.40 and 9.50 in the morning.