The winning pairs from each of the 16 Regional Finals met at St. Andrews on Sunday 23rd September having travelled from all parts of the British Isles. As finalists, they were to enjoy 2 nights at the prestigious five-star Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa and the chance to participate in the Pro-Am of the 2019 Ricoh Women’s British Open Championship.
A goodie bag of gifts awaited everyone in their room, including an R&A bag tag complete with their name. Then it was off to the first official gathering, in team colours, on the famous Swilcan Bridge for a group photo, followed by a drinks reception where everyone had a chance to say ‘hello’ and relate how they had reached the Grand Final. The players were welcomed to St. Andrews and details of the competition draw were revealed.
Next morning dawned bright and clear, with a slightly testing breeze, and after another group photo, this time in front of the master scoreboard at the Eden Course, the matches commenced. There was a great feeling of camaraderie as each pair made their way to the start and were announced by the president of the LGU.
There were plenty of supporters following most of the matches and one or two pairs had engaged the services of a St. Andrews caddy to help them negotiate the course, especially the tricky greens. The whole course was in excellent condition and the fine weather and glorious views across the estuary made for a memorable game of golf.
The winning pair, from Whittlebury Park, came in with a score of 38 points and were delighted with their performance, especially as one of them had only taken up golf a year ago! Christine Knight and Linda Atkins, from Cottesmore, secured a top ten finish being tied 8th out of the 16 pairs. In the evening, all competitors celebrated at a drinks reception, followed by a superb meal at the Gala Dinner.
Christine said, “It was a fantastic experience! All the arrangements ran like clockwork, the hotel and course were excellent and even the weather behaved. Though we didn’t quite have our ‘A’ game on for the final, we wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I’d encourage everyone to enter the competition next year; we’ll certainly be doing our best to win through again!”