Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Mother and daughter from Lincolnshire win 2015 Peugeot 

LGU Coronation Foursomes at St Andrews

   Yvonne and Rachel Woodcock (Blankney Golf Club.  Picture by courtesy of the Ladies Golf Unio

of the Ladies Golf Union 

Mother and daughter team Yvonne and Rachel Woodcock of Blankney Golf Club, Lincolnshire, won the historic Peugeot LGU Coronation Foursomes over a rain-swept Eden Course at St Andrews Links, holding off Anna Jacobs and Anne Luetchford (Corhampton) thanks to a better inward half after both groups had finished on 38 points.

Yvonne, a 22 handicapper, and Rachel, who plays off one, were the perfect combination at the Home of Golf, picking up an impressive 22 points on the back nine to win an event that attracts 28,000 entries from 1300 clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland.

“I absolutely love St Andrews, it’s my favourite place in the UK – it’s not even about the golf courses, it’s the whole town” said Rachel who has twice played in the St Rule Trophy and is about to begin a three-year PGA degree course. 
Rachel got her first golf lessons at the age of nine after she accidentally smashed a six-foot pane of glass at her parents’ house while practising with a club and ball in the garden.

With Rachel now such an accomplished performer, Yvonne has no doubt that it was the right decision. 

“It’s brilliant, it takes the pressure off me – but we never play for money!”

Rachel summed up the key to their success: “ We both had to play well at the same time.” 
Yvonne, who has played in a couple of Area Finals in the 62-year old event said; “I can’t believe we made it to the Grand Final and I can’t believe how nice and relaxed everyone is, the atmosphere is remarkable.”

Players must win at their local clubs before qualifying for one of 16 Area Finals. 
The champions have earned a place in next year’s Ricoh Woman’s British Open pro-am at Woburn, where they will play with Diane Bailey MBE, President of the Ladies’ Golf Union.

Diane said; “This is a wonderful tournament in getting to the club golfers, who are the nucleus of golf. 

“Some of the ladies haven’t been playing that long and suddenly they’re in a final at St Andrews.

“Many when they entered hadn’t realised what was available and they have been unbelievably excited.

“Many clubs have this tournament in their calendars and every year it is increasing.

“We are so proud to hold this tournament. 

“I would tell the clubs: if you are not in this, you should be.” 

Diane also praised sponsors Peugeot for their 14-year long association with the event.

“They have enabled us to have a Grand Final and to make more of the Area Finals.” 

Steve Fahey, National Events Manager at Peugeot, said; “Congratulations to all the finalists – they’re all winners.”

All 32 players enjoyed a two-night stay at the Old Course Hotel, which also hosted the Grand Final dinner that concluded a magical few days of competition and camaraderie.