In a new format of matches in the Midland Region North Junior Inter-County League, the girls of Leicestershire & Rutland came out double winners in their first fixture of the 2016 season on Sunday 17 April 2016, played at Coxmoor Golf Club.
Junior County Captain Ellie York led the team of Olivia Barrs, Emily Dunne, Kirsten Thorpe, Claire Keogh and Beth Swain. With a stamina-testing format of two matches in one day it was essential that the team got off to a good start.
The morning match was against Derbyshire and Ellie York put the first points on the board with an emphatic win of 5&3. Olivia Barrs had to go to the 18th but then triumphed 1up. Emily Dunne lost her match but Kirsten Thorpe managed to earn a half point. Both Claire Keogh and Beth Swain were able to conserve their energy by winning their matches very convincingly at 6&5 and 5&4 respectively!
The team was very buoyed by the morning performances; also we had a good look at the course, which helped preparations for the afternoon match against Shropshire.
Once again Ellie York strode confidently to the first tee and was soon 2up. But as the match ebbed and flowed, Ellie couldn’t sustain her excellent play and eventually lost 3&2. Olivia Barrs replicated her score from the first match, again running out the winner on the 18th (1up). Beth Swain and Kirsten Thorpe wrapped up their matches on the 12th, winning 7&6. Emily Dunne got her first point of the day with a birdie on the uphill Par 3 17th (3&1). Finally, Claire Keogh was clapped onto the 18th by the rest of the team and parents, who had waited in the cold and gloom of the evening; Claire won a tight contest 1up.
Leicestershire and Rutland V Derbyshire = Won 41/2 – 11/2
Leicestershire and Rutland V Shropshire = Won 5 – 1
So we could not have wished for a better start – congratulations to all our girls and many thanks to the parents for their very generous support! Everyone there really appreciated the golf skills and stamina of all of the girls who competed, from all three counties.