The first day of the Leicestershire & Rutland County Championships took place today, Friday 3 May 2019 at The Leicestershire Golf Club. Following several last-minute injuries, a field of 34 of the County’s women and girl golfers, the largest field for some years, took to the course in rather chilly and damp conditions.
All competitors played 36 holes stroke play to qualify for the knock out stages of this year's Championship. The top eight players qualify for the Championship quarter and semi-finals and the next eight qualify for the Russell Trophy quarter and semi-finals due to be played on Saturday 4 May. The course was in excellent condition but the lush grass following the rain yesterday caused some difficulties and putting in the afternoon was very different from the morning, after further showers during the day. Despite this there were some good scores returned in both the morning and afternoon sessions.
The best gross score of the day over the two rounds was 155 by Helen Lowe of Scraptoft Golf Club, who also won the new Senior’s Prize. The nett prize went to Gemma Parkes-Walley, of Lutterworth, with a gross score of 156 less 12 to give a net score of 144. Second nett on countback was Rachel East of Cosby Golf Club with a gross score of 162 less 18 to give a nett score of 144.
The eight qualifiers for the Championship match play are Helen Lowe, Gemma Parkes-Walley, Caz Parkes-Walley, Tracy Bourne, Ellie York, Rachel East, Jo Mayfield and Jo Morris. The eight qualifiers for the Russell Trophy match play, the first three of whom are juniors, are Eleanor Parkinson, Kirsten Thorpe, Victoria Mayfield, Helen Perry, Diana Miller, Claire Bailey, Donna Canning and Sally Jee.
A good day was had by all despite the cold weather and we now look forward to the quarter and semi-finals of both the Championship and the Russell Trophy which take place tomorrow. All supporters are welcome.