Thursday, October 04, 2012


Sussex golfers Jill Corbett and Jenny Davis emerged triumphant from a three-way tie to win the better-ball event at the England Golf Women’s Murcia Challenge in Spain.
Jill greeted the news with an ear-splitting shriek of delight and said: “I am ecstatic, this is brilliant, unbelievable.”
The pair, from West Hove, are playing in the Challenge for the first time and captured their prize by the narrowest of margins, on countback from two other partnerships.
At the end of the round at Mar Menor, they were tied on 40 Stableford points with  Frances Payne and Kay Bone of Essex and with Lancashire’s Lynne Perry and Irene Bowker. But Jill and Jenny came home in 21 points, compared to the 19 of the two other pairs.
“We were really steaming on the back nine,” said Jill, who contributed a four-pointer with a birdie three on the 11th. The pair, who have a regular Sunday morning game at their club, combined well with equal contribution to the score.
The competition was played in very hot sunshine, but there was plenty of good scoring. Lynne and Irene set the pace early on with their 40 points but were eventually pushed into third place after Kay and Frances also pipped them on countback.
“We played well,” said Frances, who contributed a four-pointer during the round. “We hit a similar ball and that helps us with clubbing.”

They were in the last group on the course, alongside birthday girl Belinda Martin of Cheshire. “I’ve had a fab day,” she said as she finished her round – and was greeted with a card signed by competitors, cupcakes and sparkling wine!
Caption: Jenny Davis (left) and Jill Corbett (Image © Geoff Cox Photography)
Mar Menor golf course, par 72
40 Jill Corbett and Jenny Davis (West Hove), ocb Kay Bone and Frances Payne (Upminster), ocb Irene Bowker and Lynne Perry (Morecambe).
39 Ann Hazelwood and Michelle Underwood (Fingle Glen)
38 Beryl Aubrey and Doreen Nicol (Henlle Park), Belinda Martin and Lesley Mifsud (Eaton), Gill James and Sue Howorth (Ringway), Nickie Clarke and Sue Heeles (Royal Norwich)
36 Janet Clare and Sadie Lines (Royal Norwich)
35 Marjorie Griffiths and Judith Wainwright (Ringway)
33 Kathy Hunt and Gay Mulvey (The Leicestershire), Sally Seboa and Anne Robertson (Shooters Hill/Bracken Ghyll), Janet Graham & Carolyn Lines (Abbey Hill), Polly Brettle and Sheila Petchey (Elsham/Holme Hall), Jan Redgment and Val Canham (Royal Norwich)
32 Diane Gouk and Lyn Edwards (Royal Belfast/Henlle Park)
31 Sue Evans and Kathy Evans (Henlle Park)
29 Helen James and Julie Macadam (Walmersley/West Hove)

Lyndsey Hewison
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England Golf
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