Hampshire became the new English women’s county champions as torrential rain washed out the singles at Belton Park Golf Club in Lincolnshire.
The last day of County Finals was reduced to the morning foursomes, which Hampshire won 3-0, giving them a perfect score of five points from the week’s five matches.
Their final day match was against Buckinghamshire and Kerry Smith and Emma Allen delivered the first point 5/3. Chris Quinn and Charlotte Barrow followed up 3/2 and Georgie Mundy and Sarah Bradshaw clinched the clean sweep on the final green. It was the signal for the players and supporters to start celebrating!
This is Hampshire’s first appearance at County Finals for seven years and the first time they have won the trophy since 1995 (image © Leaderboard Photography). “We are over the moon,” said county captain Mags Clark.
“At the start we were simply thrilled to be here and day after day my team has got more and more solid. They are a terrific team and they have worked hard for Hampshire throughout the week.”
The Hampshire side is a classic mix of youth and experience and includes three juniors and two players who have now been in four winning teams. Senior international Chris Quinn and former English champion Kerry Smith have now helped Hampshire to take the honours in 2014, 1995, 1993 and 1992. And for Chris this event marks her 40th anniversary of playing county golf.
In the morning’s other matches Hertfordshire beat Yorkshire 2-1 and Lincolnshire beat Gloucestershire 3-0.
The final placings for the week are:
1 Hampshire 5 points
2 Hertfordshire 3½
3 Yorkshire 3
4 Lincolnshire 2
5 Buckinghamshire 1½
6 Gloucestershire 0