Girls 2nd Team Match Report
Making their debut for the County, the skills of Eleanor Parkinson (Willesley Park) and Elexis Brown (The Leicestershire GC) were on show in the sunshine in their match against Lincolnshire, played at Trent Lock GC on Sunday July 15, 2018. Unfortunately, due to the early start of school holidays, Leicestershire was only able to field a team of three, thus gifting two points to Lincolnshire. However, undeterred by this disadvantage, the girls demonstrated great tenacity!
Eleanor won her match 2&1. Hannah Garner Stephens (Rothley Park), who has been shining at her club recently, came up against a player who was in a rich vein of form:despite playing very well, Hannah eventually lost her match 4&3. Elexis got off to a great start and was up in her match very early. She sparkled around the greens with magnificent chipping and putting skills. She held her lead for most of the match but her opponent was able to master the last few holes and Elexis lost 2&1.
Well done girls!!
Final Score: L&R 1 - Lincs 4
Junior 1st Team Match Report - 22 April 2018
On Sunday 22 April 2017 new Captain Claire Keogh 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 and Shropshire in the afternoon at Ashbourne Golf Club.
The team had 3 girls making their debut and first taste of the prospect of 36 holes of match play on a very hilly course.
In the match against Derbyshire the result hinged on a tightly fought game played by Victoria Mayfield which went down the 18th all square; holding her nerve with a long putt Victoria won the game 1up. This meant that the team match resulted in a draw - Beth Swain had secured a half point, Francesca Brimm got her first win at this level but the opponents for Holly Waterfield and Claire Keogh proved to be more in form and they lost their games.
With the weather getting colder and the wind stronger the afternoon match against Shropshire was a test of both stamina and skill. Captain Claire Keogh secured the only point with an emphatic win 6 & 5. The other girls tried very hard but were beaten on the day.
Overall, the girls played with spirit and determination. They learned a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of their games but above all they enjoyed the experience.
Thanks as always to the parents for their support.
Leicestershire and Rutland V Derbyshire = Draw 21/2 – 21/2
Leicestershire and Rutland V Shropshire = Lost 1 – 4
Midland North Regional Championship for Girls, 2017
Eleven-year old Eleanor Parkinson from Willesley Golf Club is making a habit of winning! On Friday 25 August 2017 she secured first prize at the Junior County Captain’s day at Lingdale Golf Club, scoring a magnificent 43 points. Congratulations to Eleanor on a terrific round of golf!
Fresh from that success she took part in the Midland North Regional Championship (held on Monday 28 August 2017) at Ruddington Grange GC. Playing in the 18-hole Challenge Trophy competition – playing girls from the six counties across this region - she was once again in the winner’s circle, scooping the trophies for the best gross score (87) and the best nett score (67). Eleanor played a whopping five shots under her handicap on a course that she had never played before.
Junior County Team Manager, Jane Horwood, said: “In her first season playing at Junior County level, Eleanor has certainly made a big impression. Her attitude to golf is first class, she has fun on the course and is undoubtedly a most talented player. Eleanor is one to watch in the years to come”
The Midland Northern Region Girls Festival of Golf held at Trent Lock GC
LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND
LADIES’ COUNTY GOLF ASSOCIATION
Junior 1st & 2nd Team Report
The Midland Northern Region Girls Festival of Golf held at Trent Lock GC on Monday 21 August 2017 provided the backdrop for the finals day of the inter- county leagues.
The 2nd Team played Shropshire with something of an advantage because Shropshire could not field a full team; Ruth Brooks and Eleanor Parkinson (on debut) therefore claimed their points. The other matches were very close. Holly Waterfield lost 2 & 1 while Francesca Brimm lost on the final green (2 down). However, Victoria Mayfield managed to secure the winning point beating her opponent 2 & 1.
Leicestershire and Rutland V Shropshire = Won 3 - 2
When all the calculations were completed Leicestershire and Rutland Girls came out as overall runners-up to Lincolnshire in the 2nd Team League – a great achievement!
The 1st Team played Lincolnshire in their final match of the season. We made a good start, putting a point on the board when an opposition player dropped out at very short notice. But despite showing great tenacity after going down early on in the remaining matches, Olivia Barrs, Beth Swain, Claire Keogh and Katie Leck could not secure any further points.
Leicestershire and Rutland V Lincolnshire = Lost 1 - 4
The 1st Team finished in a creditable 4th place in their league, so well done to everyone involved!
Junior 1st Team Match Report
LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND
LADIES’ COUNTY GOLF ASSOCIATION
Junior 1st Team Report
In their second fixture of the season the Junior 1st Team played Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire on Wednesday 26 July 2017 in the Midland Region North Junior Inter-County League. The matches were played at Telford Golf Club.
In the morning, the team had a very early start which was rewarded with torrential rain and dull skies! Playing a very strong Nottinghamshire side Emily Dunne managed to secure a half in a well fought and skilful match. Olivia Barrs, Claire Keogh and Katie Leck tried hard but were outplayed by their young opponents. But with a strong performance Kirsten Thorpe won her match on the 16th green winning 3 & 2.
The weather brightened up for the afternoon match against Staffordshire although strong winds did come into play towards the middle of the rounds. Unfortunately, Emily Dunne had to concede her match due to injury but recovering from her disappointment of the morning match Captain Olivia Barrs stamped her authority early on securing a win (6 & 5) on the 13th green. Sadly, this impetus could not be backed up and the other 3 matches were lost.
Overall, whilst the team were not as successful as they would have liked to have been they tried very hard against the two strongest counties in the league. They never gave up and gained very valuable experience on a new course.
The final match of the league will take place at Trent Lock G C on 21 August 2017 when we take on Lincolnshire. The girls will have it all to play for because a win would almost certainly give us third place in the league.
Leicestershire and Rutland V Nottinghamshire = Lost 31/2 – 11/2
Leicestershire and Rutland V Staffordshire = Lost 4 – 1