September saw both the girls county championship and the ladies county championship take place. The first of which was the girls championship which took place at Glen Gorse on Sunday 13th September. Our county champion is Eleanor Parkinson who retained her title from last year shooting two impressive scores of 75 (+2), 75 (+2) for a combined total of 150. I played with her and her golf was nothing less than impressive! The results from the day are as follows:
County Champion (36 hole gross champion) – Eleanor Parkinson – 150 gross
36 hole runner up – Francesca Brimm – 173 gross
36 hole Nett champion – Victoria Mayfield – 150 nett (160 gross)
36 hole Nett runner up – Hannah Garner Stephens – 156 nett (186 gross)
18 hole gross champion – Scarlett Stevenson – 92 gross
18 hole nett champion – Henrietta Geddes – nett 71
18 hole nett runner up – Gabriella Crowfoot – nett 72
9 hole champion – Amelie Tutt – gross 54
9 hole best nett – Edie Speirs – nett 40
9 hole nett runner up – Megan Grimwood – nett 40.5
The Ladies County Championship took place a few days later at Lingdale. The event is a 3 day competition with the 36 hole qualifying day taking place on the Friday. The top 8 combined scores qualify into the championship knockout stages and qualifiers 9-16 qualify for the Russell. This year 3 of our juniors took part – Eleanor Parkinson, Victoria Mayfield and Francesca Brimm. Fran qualified into the Russell with a combined score of 85-87. Fran actually went on to win the Russell trophy, winning her match 5&3! Eleanor and Vicky both qualified into the championship. Eleanor qualified 4th shooting 76-84 and Vicky actually qualified top shooting 79-77 winning the Cathy Stephens trophy. Unfortunately Eleanor got knocked out in the quarter finals after a close match with Ellie York. Vicky made it through to the semi finals and played Ellie. It was a tight match which ended up in a sudden death playoff going down the 19th. Vicky lost in the first playoff hole to the eventual winner but valuable experience was gained for each junior. The full report from the weekend is on the website.
As with last month there have been club championships taking place. Victoria Mayfield won the Rothley Park ladies club championship shooting 78-78 to take the win. Some of our girls have also been playing in the Robert Rock Tour. Scarlett Stevenson finished third in the U18s at Sunningdale Heath and Grace Hubbard was her division winner at the Lady Captain’s day at Willesley. Also on the Robert Rock Tour, Eesha Patel has had 5 wins on the mini tour and came first at TLGC Junior Captain’s Day flag 50 competition!
It’s looking to be a good end to the season for the county girls!
The start of this month saw my captain’s day take place at Rothley Park. It was great to get everyone together again, even if restrictions still meant some couldn’t be there – you were thoroughly missed. The standard of golf was fabulous to watch with low scores coming in round a tricky test of a course. I would like to thank everyone that helped on the day, particularly the Rothley Park ladies section, Danny (Rothley's club manager), my parents and Anita who allowed me to have the day run as I wanted. I really enjoyed myself and would like to thank all of you for making my captain’s day a memorable one! The results are as follows:
Overall winner: Grace Hubbard – 39 points
Scratch prize: Eleanor Parkinson – gross 74, 38 points
Second place: Megan White – 38 points (on countback)
Third place: Lila Bisset
9 hole winner: Harriet Oulds – 17 points
9 hole runner up: Edie Speirs – 16 points
18 hole longest drive: Holly Waterfield
9 hole longest drive: Poppy Burbidge
Over the past month there have been club championships taking place. Holly Waterfield won the Lutterworth ladies club championship shooting 84, 76. Francesca Brimm won The Leicestershire Golf Club ladies club championship with a gross score of 82. Emily Wolverson finished second with 87. This was meant to be a 36 hole event but due to bad weather, competitors got called off the course during their second round. Well done girls on top finishes in ladies competitions!
The Robert Rock tour has proved a hit with the girls this season. Scarlett Stevenson won the U18 girls nett at Ruddington Grange with a nett 64 and just this week she finished third at Woodsome Hall! Also playing in out of county events was Eleanor Parkinson and Holly Waterfield. Both girls entered the U18 English Girls at Sandy Lodge which was meant to be 36 holes over two days to qualify into the top 40 for the final 36 holes. Due to a storm, the first 18 holes was cancelled and so the girls turned up the following day for testing conditions around a championship course. Eleanor carded a 76 gross (+4) and qualified to the final 40. Unfortunately Holly didn’t qualify but invaluable experience was learnt. On the final day, Eleanor shot 78 (+6) and did set off for her final round before being called in due the weather. This meant that Eleanor finished in the top 20 in a very competitive and low scoring field!
Don’t forget to put your entries in for the girls championship at Glen Gorse, it will be great to see everyone again!
A bit of a quieter month this month, everyone must be saving up their good rounds for sometime soon! Nonetheless, in true Foxes spirit there are always achievements and hard work that has been going on. Again, the Lutterworth girls’ handicaps have been flying down. Katie Wheeler shot 46 points in a stableford off her handicap of 36, a huge cut coming! Lila Bisset has not only been excelling in her golf but also football. Along with winning three trophies at Lutterworth this month, Lila was also awarded the Sportsperson Award in recognition for her help with the younger juniors and Girls Golf Rocks. This was the not the end of good news, Lila has been signed for Aston Villa Football Club, a huge achievement! Karan Johal has been cut from 32 to 28 and Paige Mcmanus has also been cut from 33 to 27.
Last Sunday it was the Leicestershire Lady Fox, a 36 hole scratch event open to ladies and girls with handicaps under 18. It was great to see some of our older girls taking on the challenge with Eleanor Parkinson, Holly Waterfield, Francesca Brimm and myself taking part. The conditions were tough with the wind really picking up in the afternoon however, good scores were put together, a difficult task to maintain over 36 holes. The girls respectably finished 13th, 10th, 7th and myself finishing 4th. Some notable mentions from the day go to Fran who holed out with her pitch shot on the 7th for an eagle! All in all, it was a fantastic event as usual hosted by the Leicestershire Golf Club with lots of experience gained from the day.
From Wednesday 29th July to Friday 31st July, Eleanor Parkinson played in the U14s North of England championship at South Moor Park in Durham. Eleanor was up against 26 girls and shot two respectable rounds of 85, 80 before following them up on the last day with a gross 70 (-3) to the course. This gave Eleanor a combined gross score of 235 crowning her North of England girls champion! Congratulations Eleanor!!
The write up from captain’s day will be in next month’s newsletter but my congratulations go to Grace Hubbard who won the overall day and the other prize winners. Thank you to everyone that helped out, I hope you all enjoyed the day as much as I did!
It’s been so nice to hear of everyone’s achievements this month! The Whatsapp group has been pinging daily with handicap cuts, competition wins and hole in ones! It seems like the season is finally starting to go back to normal and I hope you have all been enjoying playing golf again. Now that the summer holidays are fast approaching, I’m sure there will be even more to report next month!
Starting off with the girls from Lutterworth, both Wheeler sisters have cut their handicaps. Katie Wheeler reduced hers from 48 to 46 and Lucy Wheeler had a massive drop from 40-28 after shooting 55 points in a stableford! Lila Bisset has also had an excellent golfing month. After winning the ladies stableford with 43 points and then breaking 90 for the first time, Lila went on to win the 1971 cup with a nett 64 and a handicap cut to 26. Following on from this, she placed third in the Robert Rock Junior Tour at Wharton Park in the U18 girls section. After all of these fabulous scores, her handicap has been cut to 21.8! Amazing results from all three girls, the hard work is paying off.
That is not all for the Little Foxes...Ella Cunnigham won the 9 hole stableford with 22 points and has had a handicap cut to 33. Henrietta Geddes has also had a handicap cut to 30.7 after shooting 100 gross, nett 66 winning the Paula Taylor cup at Beedles Lake. Congratulations girls! I have also had a couple of comments from some of the Little Foxes parents mentioning the older girls, the Little Foxes seeing them as role models and playing with them on the course. It’s fantastic to see the bond between the younger and older girls growing; I hope this continues in the future.
Now for some of our older girls, the most noticeable thing this month being Ruth Brooks’ hole in one at Kibworth! This was her second one in 10 months! Hannah Garner-Stephens also shot 37 points at Rothley in the Tuesday stableford and some news from myself, I topped the ladies leader board in the Saturday competition with 35 points. The conditions for the first nine holes being rain, with a thundery downpour on the 8th, barely being able to see 10 metres in front of you, it felt more like winter golf than summer golf!
A couple of weeks ago I sent out the entry form for my captain’s day taking place at Rothley Park on Sunday 2nd August. Although the deadline for the entries is the 24th July, I’m asking if all entries could be sent to me as quickly as possible as with the new guidelines and lockdown rules, planning my day has become harder and so I would be most grateful if I could receive them ASAP. My email address is email@example.com
I hope you all have a good golfing month and some luck falls upon you like it did to Paige when she met Charley Hull at Cosby last month!
I’m sure Wednesday 13th May brought much joy to you all. The golf courses reopened and a glimpse of normality was upon us (particularly for those parents who once again became taxi services!) I have particularly enjoyed the past few weeks of being able to go out on the course again, although leaving the pins in is not my favoured option, the freedom of being able to go out on the course has been welcomed, even if it has been made clear that work needs to be done on my swing! I hope you have all enjoyed getting back out on the course and hopefully next month there may be news from you about competitive golf that you have been playing at your club!
Last month I set up a quiz, I do hope that those of you that attempted it enjoyed it and so here’s the answers:
Little Foxes Answers
1. Sue Bailey
2.Charnwood Forest & the Leicestershire
5. Lingdale, the Leicestershire, Cosby and Lutterworth
6. Jessie Sheridan
7. Anita Higginson, Jo Mayfield, Rich Parkinson, Julie Hunt, Joy Draycott, Lyndsey Wheeler, Sue Bailey
8. The Masters
14. Charley Hull’s shirt and Ruth Broooks won it
15. Scarlett Stevenson
16. Lila Bisset
17. Paige McManus, Karan Johal, Emily Gallacher
18. Evie Carter and Zoe North
19.The British Open
Silver Foxes Answers
1. Sue Bailey
2. Charnwood Forest & the Leicestershire
4. Ellie York
5. Eleanor Parkinson
7. Anika Sorenstam
8. Catriona Matthews
9. Ruth Brooks
10. Anita Higginson, Jo Mayfield, Rich Parkinson, Julie Hunt, Joy Draycott, Lyndsey Wheeler, Sue Bailey
11. Kym Larratt, Katie Tebbet, Tony Westwood
12. Olivia Barrs
14. False - matchplay is loss of hole
15. A. Ernie Els
B. Miguel Angel Jiminez
C. Sergio Garcia
D. Paula Creamer
E. Arnold Palmer
16. Justin Rose
17. The general area, the teeing area, the fairway, the bunkers, the green of the ole you are playing
18. Eleanor Parkinson, Kirsten Thorpe, Victoria Mayfield, Holly Waterfield, Sasha Weightman
19. Kym Larratt, Katie Tebbet
20. Charley Hull’s shirt and Ruth Brooks won it