FINAL SCRATCH MATCH AT TRENT LOCK!!
Monday 19th August saw the Leicestershire first team girls take on Lincolnshire on county finals day at Trent Lock.
The team set off in high spirits after their previous win and leading the field was Kirsten Thorpe playing her last match as a junior. Kirsten had an excellent game wining her match 4&3, what a way to end her last match as a junior on! Eleanor and Holly both had incredibly tight matches both going down the last. Eleanor gained a creditable halve and Holly came back from 3 down with 3 to play. Holly holed a putt across the green on the last for birdie to win the hole and halve the match.
Matches 3 and 5 were played by Victoria and Sasha. Victoria also had a tight match with the score never exceeding 2up. After a nip and tuck match Victoria won on the 17th. Sasha, one of our second team regulars stepped up to play in this match and did us proud by winning 4&3! This meant that Leicestershire had beaten Lincolnshire 4-1 with no matches being lost!
A great end to the season for our first team.
1st Team match v Notts & Staffs
On Sunday 28th July the First team girls travelled to Lincoln Golf club for their second match of the season. With Leicestershire putting out our strongest team we were optimistic about our matches and after a team talk with county ladies vice captain Jo the team set out in high spirits against a tough Nottinghamshire side.
All matches were very tight as expected with Nottinghamshire fielding their top three players off 5 handicap and below.
Kirsten and Victoria both gained a credible half after two very tight matches which could of gone either way.
Both Eleanor and Francesca lost 3&2 and Holly bought in our first point after beating her opponent 4&2.
The final result being a 2-3 loss for Leicestershire.
The afternoons match was against Staffordshire. After a regroup at lunch the girls set out with determination to win after the close match from the morning. Captain Kirsten led the way with Eleanor following behind. Both girls played stunning golf but unfortunately Kirsten lost 3&2 and Eleanor lost 4&3.
With the girls spirits not dampened despite the weather our last three matches were hard fought and incredible to watch. Holly bought up the rear with a stunning 8&7 win which left Victoria and Francesca still fighting going down 18.
Victoria made an incredible up and down on the last to win 1up and Francesca held her nerve with an amazing two putt to win the hole and the match 2up.
This meant that the result was a 3-2 win for Leicestershire against a side which is one of the strongest in the league.
Fantastic results from the girls against two very tough sides. The future is looking bright for Leicestershire county and we take on Lincolnshire on finals day at Trent Lock on the 19th August.
2nd Team vs Notts - April 28 at Rothley Park GC
First match of the season for Foxes 2nd Team was a tough call against Notts!!
Thanks to Rothley Park for hosting the match- the course was in good condition and the greens were very fast!!
The Team was led by Hannah Garner Stevens (16) who won her match 3/2!
Ruth Brooks (17) was second out and had a really great front nine. The match tightened up on the back 9 with Ruth taking her opponent to the 16th before losing 3/2.
We then fielded three rookies - Laura Hallam (24) from Glen Gorse, Emily Wolverson (29) from Kibworth and Emily Gallacher (29) of Cosby.
Each one of them did us proud! Their tenacity was amazing and in three very tight matches they all held on to the 17th Hole, finally losing to their Notts opponents.
Overall then a win to Notts 4/1 - but a very encouraging start for our girls with some good talent coming through!
See gallery for pics!!
April 15 at The Shropshire - Teams first outing!!
On the first day of the school holidays we all travelled to The Shropshire to play Derbyshire in the morning and Shropshire in the afternoon.
Our Team consisted of Captain Kirsten Thorpe, Francesca Brimm, Holly Waterfield, Sasha Weightman and Hannah Garner Stevens.
The morning match against Derbyshire was thrilling - Kirsten had an incredibly tight match against her opponent which ended on the 18th green as a half! A fair result from two such good golfers!!
Next was Francesca who also finished on the 18th in victory - 1 up!!
Holly brought in the next point with a great 5/4 win after some stunning play!
Our last two players, Sasha and Hannah ( on her debut with the Scratch team) had a real battle on their hands. They both played really well but sadly lost after really good games.
So the overall result was an honourable Half with Derbyshire!
It was very exposed but a lovely course! The wind was a very challenging factor for everyone! We nearly got blown off our feet and as the day progressed it got very cold indeed!
Captain Kirsten led the way again after lunch against Shrops.
We were mindful of the fact that this was the opponents’ home course and were ready for a tough afternoon.
Well done to Kirsten for saving our skin with a lovely 5/3 win!!
All the other matches were well fought and two went to the 18th - well done Francesca and Holly!
Unfortunately missed putts meant two losses and Sasha and Hannah also lost after incredible battles!!
So we lost to Shropshire 1/4 - all good experience and well done to Shrops!,
Well done Foxes - you all made me very proud and you represented your County so well
Here’s to your next outing on July 28!,
See the gallery for some great pics!!