County Champion, Karen Sykes
Congratulations to Karen Sykes (Worthing) for her fourth Championship title, ten years after her last one and twenty six years since her first one! (1987, 1991, 2003, 2013) An amazing demonstration of her legendary short game, meant a 2&1 win over Emma Carberry (Highwoods, pictured below) in a thrilling match which was nip and tuck all the way. Emma’s ball striking was phenomenal, with awesome length off the tee no doubt due to coaching and lots of hard work during her golf scholarship at Baylor University in Texas USA.
Karen’s short game was on fire as she birdied 4 of the last 7 holes, and her bunker shot on the 17th meant a tap in putt to win the thrilling match 2&1. Afterwards, Karen thanked her son Dan for his support as a fantastic caddy (having passed on sailing with his dad to caddy for mum!)
There were plenty of spectators enjoying the golf and long awaited summer sunshine for the finals on Sunday afternoon and the course looked at its very best with lush striped fairways, stunning views of the Isle of Wight to the south, and out across the rolling hills of the colourful South Downs.
The Plate Final was another hard fought battle between Lizzie Price, aged just 14, of Nevill GC and Alice McCutchan of West Sussex who has recently moved back to the area following University. Lizzie clinched victory 2&1, showing great calm under pressure with support from her caddy, dad Bob. It’s been quite a week for Lizzie (pictured below), she won the Girls Under 15 County Championship earlier in the week at Chartham Park. Her amazing performance this week has earned her the County Captain’s ‘wild card pick’ to play for the County team in County Match Week.
In the 36 hole qualifying event on Friday, the scoring reflected the very challenging and windy conditions in the morning, with only 5 players shooting under 80; improving conditions as the day went on saw 11 players carding under 80 in the afternoon. Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) retained the Langridge Salver for the third year running, for best scratch score aged 50+ (82+77). The other prize winners in the 36 hole strokeplay competition were:
Chelsea Masters (Highwoods) won the Stobart Cup for best scratch score (77+72)
Nikki Purton (Mannings Heath) Grant-White Cup for best handicap score (net 71+72)