“It’s a very blustery day today Pooh”, said Piglet. Boy did the wind blow but there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and with the course in fantastic condition, Royal Winchester was a magnificent setting for our first competitive event in 2021.
Fourteen girls from across the county competed for our Spring Cup. Once everyone was checked in it was time to head up to the first tee and watch the all important first tee shots. For most that was a hybrid but one or two did dare to take the driver out the bag and in their usual style made it look effortless.
Despite the wind, which undoubtedly had an impact on ball flight, we witnessed shot after shot of excellent ball striking, some fantastic approach shots to challenging pins and some great up and downs. Those who found the front nine challenging still made the half way point with a smile and the believe that anything could happen on the back nine. On many cards that was exactly the case with a number of girls scoring 18, 19, 20 or even 22 points on the back half.
The comradery between these girls is always plain to see at these events. In their two and three balls they encouraged each other round, congratulating the good shots and supporting each other through the blobs. By the end of the round a small socially distanced grandstand had formed at the 18th hole as we awaited the approach of the final group. The certainly piqued the interest of Royal Winchester members as well, who looked on from the balcony.
After all the cards had been input by our Competitions Director Noan Nicol and her fantastic assistant (and Royal Winchester member) Pauline Davies, it was time to do the prize giving.
In great defence of winning this competition last year, Freya Watts (Boundary Lakes) recorded an excellent 20 points on the back 9 to secure 3rd place on countback with 35 points. In 2nd place and playing in her first Hampshire Girls Spring Meeting with 36 points was Hattie Richardson (Corhampton).
The scratch winner at this year’s event and successfully defending this position at last year’s event was Gemma Burgess with 33 points (34 nett). Gemma’s score of 75 gross included six birdies, one of which I’m reliably informed was very close to being an eagle.
Last but by no means least, the winner of our 2021 Spring Meeting and recipient of the Spring Cup was Harriet Riches (Alresford) with a phenomenal score of 40 points. Out on the course Harriet looked steady all the way round and that was reflected in score with eight pars in total and a fantastic birdie on the par 5 16th hole that rewarded her with four points ahead of the closing holes. Really well done, Harriet an excellent round of golf and a nice little handicap cut from 13.7 to 13.0.
All the girls played really well, even if the scoring wasn’t what some had hoped, there was still some great stuff to take away from the round and I’m really excited to see what this year has in store for this exceptional group of girls.
A huge thank you to Royal Winchester and their members for hosting us for this event. We were all made to feel extremely welcome and as I said right at the beginning, the course was in great condition. With the weather as it was the views across the course and beyond were just a delight to behold.
My thanks also to Noan & Pauline for assisting with the check in and score entry process, to Jill England and Sarah Deacon our county Captain and Vice Captain for walking the course and assisting with any rules queries, and of course to the Junior sub-committee, Terry, Kate & Liz for all their assistance in organising this event. On behalf of the girls, thank you all!