We were blessed with more Autumn sunshine at Sittingbourne for the finals of this year’s Lohan Trophy, Millstede Trophy and Three Feathers knockouts.
The Lohan Trophy was certainly a dramatic affair with the Bearsted pairing of Teagan Ford and Amanda Jones-Reid racing into an early six-up lead against their opponents, Anouk Woodhouse and Alison Kelly (Sene Valley). But by the time the players had played the 16th, Anouk and Alison had clawed back the deficit and honours were once again even. Teagan and Amanda dug deep and made a super birdie on 17 to take a one hole lead up the last. Alas, the Sene Valley duo found a watery grave on 18 which gave victory to Teagan and Amanda by a score of 2 holes. Well done to all for such a good competitive game, made all the more special for being watched over by Chris Lohan, who established the competition in 1988.
The finalists in this year’s Millstede trophy were Magdalena Hunter (Knole Park) and Claudia Carlotti (Canterbury), who both played a nice game in a friendly spirit. On the day, Magdalena was just that bit steadier and, with the shots she was receiving, ran out a 5&4 winner. Both girls have improved their handicaps this year and are a credit to our county.
In the Three Feathers Gold Division, Juli Fayers (Nizels) was taking on Alison Chapman (Prince’s). Juli was clearly in a determined mood and played some excellent golf which included a lovely long putt across the green of the 11th for a birdie two. Try as she might, there was nothing Alison could do to stem the tide and Juli closed out the match on the 14th green.
The Silver Division finalists, Angela Grant (Tudor Park) and Helen Crocker (Leeds Castle), had a much tighter time of things with the match see-sawing from one-up one way to one-up the other. In the event, 18 holes was not enough to separate them and a sudden-death play-off ensued. A half up the 19th saw them come back down the par-5 second hole where it was all to end with Helen seeing her putt drift agonisingly past the hole giving the match and title to Angela. Despite the nerves and pressure involved in playing a final, both players clearly enjoyed their day and are to be commended for their sportsmanship.
Our final match, the Three Feathers Bronze Division, saw Lauren Underwood (Shooters Hill) take on Diana Nicholls (Nizels). This was another close game which was still all-square after 14 holes. Lauren won the par-3 15th to edge in front and then used her shot wisely up 16 to move 2-up with two to play. Sadly, for Diana, she was unable to get the win on 17 that she needed to prolong the game and Lauren emerged as our final worthy winner from a hard-fought match.
Thank you to our referees, Ken and Jon, and also to Robin and Tom for doing their second stint of volunteering this weekend. Stars, one and all! Thank you to Marilyn Brown, County President, for her organisation on the day, and also to past-President, Chris Lohan, for presenting the winners with their trophies. A final thank you to Sittingbourne Golf Club for their usual kind hospitality; it is much appreciated.