FRANCESCA NORTH OF SOUTH HERTS BEING PRESENTED WITH THE DE PAULA CUP TROPHY BY COUNTY PRESIDENT HUGH WIKNER
The final of the Ladies De Paula Cup was played yesterday (Sunday 6th October) at Welwyn Garden City GC between Francesca North of South Herts and Janet Akers of Brickendon Grange.
The De Paula Cup is a matchplay knockout event played across the season and is for Ladies with handicaps of 13+ as of the closing date but with the matches themselves are played off scratch and is one of the long standing events in the calendar, dating back to 1937.
The final match was intended to be played as part of the Finals Day event at West Herts at the end of the month, but instead was played at the front of field of the Ladies' Champion of Champions event. This was due to the fact that Francesca had also made the final of the Mixed Greensomes KO event and so to be played in conjunction with another event was considered entirely appropriate and sensible.
The match was refereed by our County President Hugh Wikner of Hadley Wood and was closely followed by several supporters and county officials. The game itself was played in great spirit and was a good advertisement for competitive but friendly amateur golf.
The conditions were wet under foot after torrential rain overnight and early that morning but thankfully the conditions improved and a dry afternoon was a relief!
The match saw Francesca take an early lead and would lead by 3 holes up at the turn. Janet would win the 11th and 12th holes to narrow the margin to just 1 hole but a steady finish and an important winning par on the par 4 16th hole saw Francesca take a dormy lead to the 17th tee and would close out the match on the 17th green by the margin of 2&1.
Congratulations to Francesca on winning the title and also congratulations to Janet for making it through the final.
2019 DE PAULA CUP WINNER FRANCESCA NORTH OF SOUTH HERTS