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