Dorset Ladies County Golf Association
SW Intercounty Match Week
St Enodoc Golf Club, Cornwall
2 - 6 July
Day Five – The final day Friday 5th July
I could hardly believe that we had come the last day of Match Week 2018. Today’s match would be against Devon an extremely strong team who had already beaten Cornwall earlier in the week.
We felt we could give them good game as we were confident in our foursomes pairings. Unfortunately, we lost the morning session 3-0. Devon’s players, not only hardly made a mistake – they made a lot of birdies!
The afternoon brought some success, though ultimately, we lost the match. We lost four games and won two. Yet another of our losses was on the 18th green. I was very pleased, however, that one of our rookies Hermione Christey-Clover got us one of our wins.
Congratulations to Gloucestershire who were the ultimate winners with 4.5 points.
I would like to thank Sheila Davidge, Sandi Stott and our President Grace Burke for all of the help and support they have given the team. I would also like to thank all of the parents, friends and Dorset ladies that stepped in to caddy, ball-spot or just to be supporters. We couldn’t have done it without you.
This week has been a fantastic example of how the game should be played. I was so impressed by my players. Every day they had fun, tried their best and were excellent representatives of the county - on and off the course. Well done ladies. I couldn’t be more proud of you.
Day Four - Thursday 4th July
Today was our penultimate day at the wonderful St Enodoc GC. The views here are second to none.
It was a much more difficult day of golf today against the home club, Cornwall. Our team played exceptionally well, but were beaten by three points in the morning session with one match going to the 18th hole.
In the afternoon, I can honestly say that the Dorset Ladies play some of the best golf they have played all week. Despite this, we were beaten 6-0 - with three more of the matches going to the 18th.
Although Cornwall is a team with many ‘plus’ handicaps, I still think we were hard done by not to win at least one match. I couldn’t be more proud of the performance they all put up today. Without exception, they were a credit to The County.
Day Three – Wednesday 3rd July
The morning foursomes, against Wiltshire, brought about our most successful session. All three pairings won, with two of them winning 8/7! We went into the afternoon with cautious optimism and a three-nil head start. We weren’t taking things for granted though, as Wiltshire has some very strong players.
The afternoon was a much tougher prospect. Wiltshire played exceptionally well. As a captain, knowing we only needed two points to win the match, it was a nerve-wracking experience going around on the buggy. On the front nine, it didn’t look as if it was going to happen for us. Fortunately, Charlotte Heeps and Becky Hobell pulled it out of the bag for us – both with 5/4 wins. We won the match 5-2. Well-played to all of the girls.
Day Two – Tuesday 2nd July
Another beautifully sunny morning, if a little warm! We had a great start to the Wednesday matches against Somerset. Jane Southcombe and Jo Terry played some extraordinary golf to win their match. Mel McMahon and Harriet Teversham seemed to sink every putt in theirs. We were 2-1 up going into lunch.
In the afternoon things got a little tougher to put it mildly. The wind picked up to a four or five club wind and shots into the green were a bit of a lottery, especially if unfamiliar with the course. Some of the matches were very close. We lost the afternoon session unfortunately, giving Somerset a 5.5 – 3.5 victory. All the girls played very well, though a special mention though should go to Charlotte Heeps who turned her match round from 4 down to win it. On to Wiltshire tomorrow!
Day One Monday 2nd July
It was a very hot morning. Our foursomes pairings of Jane Southcombe and Jo Terry, Rachel Naylor and Charlotte Heeps, and Mel McMahon and Harriet Teversham played extremely well against a very tough Gloucestershire Team. At the end of the morning, we came in 2-1 down.
For those of you that don’t know it, the awe-inspiring, St Enodoc GC is a physically challenging links course at the best of times. To make it harder, especially for those playing 36 holes, the afternoon singles were played in extreme heat! We fought hard all the way, winning three of our matches. The final result was 5-4 to Gloucestershire. The match was played in a fantastic spirit by all the players. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The singles were played by Mel Mc Mahon, Harriet Teversham, Charlotte Heeps, Becky Hobell, Scarlett Williams and Alex Cornell.