Dorset Ladies County Golf Association
SW Intercounty Match Week
1st - 5th July
All teams on Sunday Evening. 2019
SW Intercounty Match Week at Woodbury Park GC
Captain’s Blog Friday 5th July
We played a much improved Wiltshire team from last year on the hottest day so far. After the loss of our four lowest handicap players; Mel McMahon, Harriet Teversham, Louise Burke, and Jo Terry (pm injury), we were really up against it. For our morning pairs to come in to 2-1 up, it was a huge achievement.
In the afternoon, unlike Wiltshire, I only had seven players to choose from – most of whom had been playing all week. The team gave it their all and played very good golf, despite tired minds and bodies. To be honest, many of the matches were lost on the greens. Becky Hobell was our only player to secure ½ point. We were beaten by the better team on the day, eventually losing 6 ½ to 2 1/2.
In the four years that I have been involved in Match Week, I have never seen county golf of the standard that I have seen this time. Many of the teams now have plus handicap players and Cornwall have the British Ladies’ Amateur Champion amongst their ranks. Many congratulations to the narrow winners Gloucestershire.
I would like to thank Liz Walker, Kate Roberts and Val Ford and the caddies for their hard work. I would also like to thank Ben Christey-Clover, our coach, who was there to help and support. Finally - I must mention Grace Burke, our president, who has been by my side all week. She has been amazing!
I was very proud of my team this week, including all of the helpers. Their team spirit and attitude was second to none. This was my last match week and and I can honestly say it has been a pleasure to get to know and manage this group of players.
Captain’s Blog Day Four – Thursday 4th July
Gloucestershire are not an easy team to play. Their strength in depth is fantastic with many plus players amongst their lot. Today the team played as well as I have seen team play over the last few days and yet by lunchtime we were 3-0 down.
The afternoon was just as difficult, but our Dorset players never let their heads go down. Jo Terry led the way, going out first, and managing to gain half a point. She played some unbelievable shots. Louise Burke was our only player to win. By the end of the match, she was under par and still only won 1Up! It’s not easy to get beaten 7.5 to 1.5, but my team have shown a resilience and an attitude of which I am very proud.
Tomorrow we play Wiltshire and we will give it our all!
Captain’s Blog Day Three - Wednesday 3rd July
The morning sessions brought mixed fortunes. We lost two of the matches to some amazing Devon Players. Jane Southcombe and Jo Terry put on an almost faultless performance to beat the Devon players 6/5! We were very hopeful going into the afternoon trailing by only one point.
The players gave it their all in the afternoon. Without exception, the Dorset players were magnificent. Unfortunately, we only won two of the afternoon matches and halved one. This meant that we lost 5 ½ to 3 1/2 .
I was delighted to be able to present Harriet Teversham with her first team colours this evening. She has been an absolute credit to the squad.
Despite our three narrow losses, our team spirit remains excellent. On to Gloucestershire tomorrow.
Day Two – Tuesday 2nd July
We had a great start to the Tuesday matches against Somerset. It could have gone either way, but after great play by both teams it was honours even going into lunch.
The afternoon was extremely hot and there were a lot of very tired arms and legs out on the course. Without exception all of the Dorset girls played some incredible golf. Unfortunately we came up against Somerset team with huge strength in depth. We narrowly lost 5-4 again. We are very much hoping for the rub of the green tomorrow as we face Devon.
Day One Monday 1st July
Our foursomes pairings of Melissa McMahon and Becky Hobell, Jane Southcombe and Jo Terry and Louise Burke and Harriet Teversham played extremely well against a very tough Cornwall team. At the end of the morning, we came in 2 ½ to ½ down with Louise and Harriet securing our half.
The afternoon was a much closer affair and we pushed Cornwall all of the way. The final result was 5-4 to Cornwall. The match was played in a fabulous spirit and I was particularly impressed by the mettle shown by our new players, Lauren and Louise. The singles were played by Mel Mc Mahon, Harriet Teversham, Louise Burke, Becky Hobell, Scarlett Williams and Lauren Purchase.