JACKIE FOSTER OF BISHOP'S STORTFORD - LADY SENIORS CHAMPION 2020
Jackie Foster of Bishop's Stortford followed up her victory in last months Ladies County Championship with another win yesterday (Tue 6 Oct) in the Ladies Seniors Championship played at Harpenden Golf Club.
42 senior lady golfers, aged 50 and above, took part on the day, which thankfully after the previous weekend's wash out was predominently dry and fine, with the exeception of a few heavy showers for the late starters towards the end of their rounds.
The greenstaff had made a sterling effort in presenting the course in a very playable manner, considering the biblical rain we had experienced in the run up to the event.
The greens and fairways were firm and played well, but inevitably many of the bunkers were sodden, to the point where many of them were taken out of play and were played as GUR in the essence of fairness. The course however played very long with all the distance achieved through carry with very limited roll out.
Jackie shot a fine round of gross 77 (+5) on the day to comfortably retain her title by a clear 5 shots from her nearest rival, Karen Ellam of Harpenden Common on 82 (+10). Jackie's playing partner Paula Degiuilo of Brickedon Grange was 3rd on 83 (+11).
Jackie has now won the event 4 times in total and now 3 times 'on the bounce' with consecutive wins in 2018 at West Herts, 2019 at Verulam and now in 2020 at Harpenden.
In the Handicap element of the event, home advantage once again was key when 17 handicap Susan Leach of the home club won the Tatham Cup for the best nett score on the day with a 74 (+2) by one shot from her nearest rival 16 handicap Breda Franzmann of Hadley Wood on 75 (+3). In 3rd place was another Harpenden member with Naoko Wada on a countback from 2 others on nett 76 (+4).
In the Vets section (65 and +) Rita Davidson won the scratch prize with a gross 85 (+13), while Gill Winter of East Herts won the Handicap prize with a nett 78 (+6).
The CSS on the day went up to 75 reductions only, which seemed popular with the competitors who enquired!
Our thanks to Harpenden GC for hosting the event in these difficult times in their normal excellent fashion.
JACKIE PICTURED WITH THE COUNTY PRESIDENT HUGH WIKNER
SUSAN LEACH OF HARPENDEN - TATHAM CUP HANDICAP WINNER
RITA DAVIDSON OF SANDY LODGE - VETS TROPHY SCRATCH WINNER
KAREN ELLAM OF HARPENDEN COMMON - SCRATCH RUNNER UP
GILL WINTER OF EAST HERTS - VETS HANDICAP WINNER