On Wednesday 17 August, 64 ladies from 24 Clubs across Leicestershire and Rutland, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire competed for the 2022 Goodyear Challenge Cup at Lingdale Golf Club. The Cup is amongst the oldest trophies still being played for annually. In Ladies Golf the only other competition which started earlier was the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship in 1893.
The Goodyear Challenge Cup was presented to The Leicestershire Golf Club in 1897 by the late Mr J W Janson of Northampton as a trophy to be played for
under handicap by lady members of golf clubs in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. The reason it was called the Goodyear Cup has not been ascertained with 100% certainty but it may have been so called because it was in 1897 that Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee
(hence Good Year!!).
This year the change in weather slightly dampened the scores but all the players still enjoyed their day and it was great to see a local winner, Sarah Bowler, playing on her home course, with a Nett score of 73 beating Denise Payne from Nene Park on countback. The Best gross score was Joanne Morris of Willesley
Park, another Leicestershire and Rutland player, with a Gross 72.
Other winners were:-
Third Nett - Lisa Barton from Coventry with a nett 74
Fourth Nett – Susan Pritchard from Lingdale with a nett 74
Fifth Nett - Gillian Somerfield from Ladbrook Park with a nett 74
Sixth Nett – Susan Pawson from Elton Furze with a net 74
Full results can be seen at:-