ASHBOURNE Golf Club’s Ladies team were unable to replicate last season’s form in the Mail on Sunday Singles Matchplay Competition as they crashed out at the first hurdle on Sunday.
Having reached the last 32 in 2013, they were given a bye to the second round, but there suffered a 3-2 defeat to the Manor Golf Club near Uttoxeter.
Sandra Maxwell was Ashbourne’s star on the day as, giving 12 shots to her opponent, she came in with a 7 and 6 victory after playing some very solid golf and putting particularly well.
Anne Colwell struggled with her form on the day, particularly on the greens and was well beaten, 6 and 5.
Anne Bourne played an opponent who was really on her game, especially around and on the greens and was given very few opportunities to grab the initiative, losing out on the 16th, 3 and 2.
Gill Lockwood was always behind and had opportunities to pull back the score but her putting let her down and ended up halving a couple of holes she really should have won.
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In the end, Lockwood also lost on the 16th hole 4 and 3.
Captain Anne Weaver’s match could not have been closer, and she won on the last hole.
The ladies’ winter league four ball better ball matchplay competition was concluded over the weekend with Gill Lockwood and Alison Westerman holding off Sandra Maxwell and June Knight to claim the title.
Maxwell’s putter was red hot as she and Knight went two holes ahead with a par on the eighth hole, and were still one up on the 18th hole.
Lockwood and Westerman knew they had to win to halve the match and secure the winter league title, and after wayward drives from Westerman and Maxwell, it came down to Lockwood and Knight on the green, with the former knowing she had to at least par to stand a chance.
In the end, Knight needed to sink her put to win the game but it slid off to the right, and Lockwood secured victory.