Having just returned from Ross-on-Wye following her success in winning the second flight event at the English Seniors Championship last week, we caught up with Pyecombe’s Jo Galway to find out more about her incredible week.
After your great performance making the semi final last year, how was the first day?
Jo – We had a 90 minute rain delay, so by the time I teed off at 1.30 I was very nervous. The course was tough and so wet it played very differently to the practice round, which contributed to my very average score of 82! I was disappointed, but I knew I was playing well and just needed to get the score going the next day. I was pleased that I would be off early (8.20 am) with no hanging around to make me nervous. Unfortunately the heavens opened and it rained from midnight until 10am non-stop, making the course unplayable, so understandably England Golf had to make the tough decision to cancel the second day’s play. That meant the top 16 going through from just one rather than two rounds – so sadly no chance to redeem my score. Well done to Aileen and Katherine for getting through.
How did you manage to re-focus?
Jo – I was very disappointed, since I had played so well in the match play last year and felt slightly cheated ‘cos I knew I was playing well again and I think I would have been able to give anyone a good game. Hey ho, that’s the way golf works – it has a way of bringing you back down to earth, accept it and move on! So I was really pleased that I managed to re-group, focus and go on to win. Playing under my handicap for both rounds on a difficult course was a real bonus. My husband Martin caddied for me, he was a great help so I made sure I kept trying really hard for him too since he’d taken the week off work!
What did you do with the day off you weren’t expecting!?
Jo – Some folks went off to explore Ross-on-Wye, but I think the remote Face Time lesson I had with Hannah Ralph at a driving range really helped with my confidence and was time well spent.
What was your shot of the week?
Jo – It would have to be my chip-in on the 3rd hole. I was half way up a bank and couldn’t see the bottom of the pin. It was a really treacherous sloping green and all I was trying to do was get it somewhere near the hole, so for it to go in was fabulous – and no doubt helped my score!
Congratulations to Jo from everyone in Sussex!
We look forward to cheering on all the Sussex entries again next year, well done to everyone who played: Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) and Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe) who qualified for the top 16 matchplay knock out; Clarissa Bushell and Daisy Kane from West Sussex who also qualified to play in the second flight.