Eaton defies weather to win her sixth ladies' championship

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Thursday 22nd July 2021 9:00 am
Sue Gray, Ann Saunders, Lesley Eaton, Lyn Criddle and Sylvia Wicker with their prizes

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PETERSFIELD Golf Club’s ladies’ section braved all weathers during their two-day Championships.

The intrepid golfers met with the worst of the weather on the second day when torrential rain, hail and wind hit the course at Tankerdale Lane.

Seventeen players entered the two-day event and three players – club champion Lesley Eaton, Jennifer Neal and Ann Saunders – who all broke 100 were last to tee off on the next day.

Last year’s champion Eaton retained her title for the sixth time by being the only player to manage another round under 100.

She said: “The scores on the second day reflected the horrendous conditions.

“The weather may have broken our umbrellas, but it didn’t break our spirit and I reckon we were all champions for completing our rounds.”

Sylvia Wicker, who was in fourth place overnight, climbed to second place after another steady round despite conditions.

Saunders won the Handicap Cup with the best net score (71 and 83), three strokes ahead of the field with Wicker and Lyn Criddle in second and third places.

Saunders said: “You might say we had the rub of the green with the weather!”

Players who didn’t make the cut joined other members and entered the 18 Hole Cup, played simultaneously with the Championship.

Newcomer Helen Long won with a net score of 76 and Sue Gray was second with a net score of 80.

Long couldn’t attend the prize-giving as she teaches strength and stretch classes locally and had to dash off after her round to teach a class indoors.

Ladies’ captain June Smith presented the prizes and thanked everyone who entered and commended the club’s male volunteers who helped out on the day, some of whom got very wet while ball spotting.

Head chef Russell Orme and his team provided the ladies with a delicious and much-needed lunch after the last putt was holed.

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