WOMENS COUNTY SENIORS CHAMPION 2021 - JACKIE FOSTER OF BISHOP'S STORTFORD
The popular County Women's Senior Championship took place yesterday (Mon 4 Oct) at Sandy Lodge GC, located on the Moor Park Estate between Watford and Rickmansworth.
Heavy overnight rain may have caused more issues had we been at another venue, but thankfully Sandy Lodge is without doubt one of the best draining sites in the County and very quickly the puddles that had formed overnight on the putting greens evoporated as the morning sun rose and competitors arrived. Some puddles remained in the numerous bunkers around the course, but nothing that posed too many issues over the playing of the event.
54 competitors took part on the day, a strong field of female golfers, aged 50 years plus, all with Handicap Indices of 20 or less.
Jackie Foster of Bishop's Stortford started as strong favourite on the day, currently holding a +1 handicap and having won the event in the previous 3 years of playing. A shock win wasnt in the offing as Jackie returned the only sub 80 gross on the day, with a 79 (+7), to win the title by 6 clear shots. Most of the competitiors found the course extremely long due to all the recent rainfall and a general lack of run on the fairways and through the rough. Arguably the best score of the day was achieved by Lisa Roberts of Brickendon Grange with a gross 86, but a best of the day very impressive nett 70 (-2) to win the Tatham Cup for lowest nett score. 2 shots back in the nett competition was Lisa's clubmate Laura Blight with a nett 72 (level). Runner up in the gross competition was current Women's 1st Team Manager, Denise Fiori of the host club, with an 85 (+13), with Birgitte Karle of Old Fold Manor a shot further back on 86 (+14), good enough for 3rd place. In the Veterans Trophy Fiona Crampton-Smith of Porters Park shot a gross 88 (+16) to win by 2 from host club player Rita Davidson.
Thanks to her victory, Jackie will once again represent Hertfordshire at the England Golf Senior Womens Champion of Champions event next September and defend the title she won brilliantly this year.
Next year's event will be played at South Herts GC on Monday 10th October.
LISA ROBERTS OF BRICKENDON GRANGE - TATHAM CUP WINNER 2021 (BEST NETT SCORE)
FIONA CRAMPTON-SMITH OF PORTERS PARK - VETERANS TROPHY WINNER 2021