Tuesday, January 13, 2015



Defending champions Great Britain and Ireland bounced back from their 4-3 opening-day defeat by New Zealand with a 6-1 victory over South Africa on a wet and windy Day 2 of the Astor Trophy amateur women's team match-play tournament at Grange Golf Club, Adelaide, South Australia.
Australia beat New Zealand 4-3 and lead the table with two wins out of two.
GB and I team captain Aberdeen solicitor Elaine Farquharson-Black said: 
"Conditions were tough - wind and rain. I had on a jacket under my waterproofs!
"The team played well against New Zealand on Monday, but lost some holes unnecessarily. The game plan against South Africa was to limit the mistakes and, to a certain extent, grind out pars in the bad weather and take the birdies when they could.
"I felt that we had the advantage in terms of being used to playing in the wind and all the GB and I players looked very comfortable and focused, which showed in the results."
GB and I took a grip on the outcome of their match against South Africa by winning both the morning foursomes through the same partnerships as on Day 1 - Bronte Law and Chloe Williams (3 and 1), and Charlotte Thomas and Hayley Davis (6 and 5).
Bramhall's Bronte Law maintained her 100 per cent record through four sessions of play by winning the top singles by one hole against Bertine Strauss
Bronte was down all the way and still three down with seven to play, but she battled on and got it back to one down after 13 with back-to- back birdies.
She then lost the next to a birdie to be two down with 4 to play. Law then finished strongly to turn the tables. She won 15 with an up and down from a bunker for par, was conceded the next when she hit her approach shot to a foot, to square the game. 
Bronte won the 17th when South Africa three-putted so went down the last one up  and halved it in pars for a gritty one-hole victory.
ne Strauss.
GB and I took the singles 4-1 with additional wins by Scot Connie Jaffrey (6 and 5), Charlotte Thomas (3 and 2) and Hayley Davis (6 and 4)

Connie, pictured with the starter before her victory, played very steady golf. The Troon Ladies player had one birdie and two bogeys, which was excellent play in the testing conditions. Jaffrey won the first, lost the third, then won 4, 5, 6 and 7 and 11th and 13th. She didn't lose a hole in chalking up her first win for GB and I.
Charlotte's game was very close until the end. She had two birdies, two bogeys. She won the fourth, but lost the fifth to a birdie 2 when the South African player holed a long putt. 
Thomas (pictured left with her opponent) got back to one up at the seventh but then lost the eighth to par, before winning the ninth with birdie. Next five holes were halved. Thomas won 15 with a par and then hit her approach close at 16. Her opponent hit over the green in 3 and conceded the hole and match.
Hayley Davis was never behind, winning the first and 4th, but losing the sixth to a birdie 3. She then won 7 and 8, 12,13 and 14.
GB and I's only singles loser was Wales' Chloe Williams (4 and 3).
Australia trailed by 1pt after the foursomes against New Zealand but made up the deficit with three wins and a halved match in the singles.
GB and I play Canada on Wednesday and then complete their programme of four matches against hosts Australia on Thursday before their "rest day" on Friday.  
Skipper Farquharson-Black is sticking with the same foursomes pairings for the third morning in a row - Law and Williams (2 wins out of 2), Thomas and Davis (one win, 1 halved match).
+Pictures by Elaine Farquharson-BlacK

   Bronte Law, LGU chairman Trish Wilson, Chloe Williams andConnie Jaffrey on extreme right before Tuesday's first foursomes.



Foursomes (2-0)
Bronte Law and Chloe Williams bt Bertine Strauss and Ivanna Samu 3 and 1.
Charlotte Thomas and Hayley Davus bt Eleonara Galletti and Lora Assad 6 and 5.

Singles (4-1)
Law bt Strauss 1 hole.
Williams lost to Michaela Fletcher 4 and 3.
Connie Jaffrey bt Samu 6 and 5.
Thomas bt Assad 3 and 2.
Davis bt Galletti 6 and 4.


Foursomes (1/2-1 1/2)
Shelly Shin and Hannah Green halved with Munchin Keh and Julieanne Alvarez 
Gennai Goodwin and Jenny Lee lost to Chantelle Cassidy and Alanna Campbell 3 and 1.

Singles (3 1/2-1 1/2)
Shin bt M Keh 3 and 1.
Green lost to Alvarez 2 and 1.
Becky Kay bt Cassidy 3 and 2.
Lee bt W Keh 6 and 4.
Goodwin halved with Campbell 

Australia        WW   2pt
New Zealand  WL    1pt
GB and I         LW    1pt
Canada           L -     0pt
South Africa   - L     0pt

GB and I v CanadaLaw and Williams v Ko and St Germain
Thomas and Davis v Jaclyn and Kim
New Zealand v South Africa
Cassidy and Alvarez v Strauss and Samu
Cassidy and Campbell v Fletcher and Galletti.
Day off: Australia