Sunday, April 17, 2016

Tracey and Amelia Williamson complete 

Mothers and Daughters' title treble

By Jo Thesiger

Favourites, Tracey and Amelia Williamson, from Royal Cromer in Norfolk, fulfilled all expectations as they strode comfortably to their third successive victory by a NINE-stroke margin in the Mothers and Daughters’ 27-hole foursomes at Royal Mid Surrey on Saturday.

On a day that felt more like Winter than Spring, with an arctic chill, gusty wind and standing water on the fairways, the Norfolk pair’s powerful games made them well equipped to cope with the conditions which lengthened the course significantly.

The Williamson’s solid morning round of six-over-par, 77, gave them a four-shot lead  over three pairs from Walton Heath, Christine and Charlotte Griffith, Jill Thornhill and Caroline Weeks, both past winners, and Alison and Nicola Taylor, all lying on 81.

However, Amelia Williamson admitted their score could have been so much better if her putter had been working and they even finished their mornings work with an untidy double-bogey, seven, on the final hole.      

In the afternoon, the Norfolk pair responded calmly and emphatically, leading from the front to produce a perfect score of level par, 35, over the remaining nine holes.  The highlight was an outstanding birdie on the 390 yard, par 4, 4th hole, playing into the wind; it was pretty much unreachable for most competitors but not for the Williamsons!  They made it look easy -after a long drive, Amelia found the green with a 4-iron and then her mother slotted a twenty-five footer.

Walton Heath’s Alison Taylor, who has the luxury of three golfing daughters to rotate, had been runner-up with middle daughter, Nicola, on the past two occasions playing together.  Although, determined to put their names on the honours board, they knew the Williamsons would be very hard to beat.  After shaky start this year, dropping six shots in the first five holes,  Alison sunk a 30 foot putt from off the green at the 8th hole, for a fantastic birdie, three, which changed their fortunes to put them in contention. 

Although the Taylors played well in the afternoon in difficult conditions, they simply could not match the Williamson’s immaculate scoring, finishing in second spot once again and missing out in the end by a convincing nine shots
 It was a repeat of the 2014 result but on that occasion the deficit was only one and Amelia was just thirteen.  The strength of the Williamsons partnership looks unassailable for the foreseeable future, as the Taylors ruefully acknowledged they had missed their chance!

112 Tracey Williamson, Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer) 77 35
121 Alison Taylor, Nicola Taylor (Walton Heath) 81 40
122 Chris Griffith, Charlotte Griffith (Walton Heath) 81 41
124 Jill Thornhill, Caroline Weeks (Walton Heath) 81 43
125 Glenna Beasley, Harriet Beasley (Woburn) 85 40
126 Marcella Tuttle, Laura Tuttle (Newmarket) 85 41
127 Anne O'Connor, Niamh O'Connor (Worplesdon) 84 43
128 Elizabeth Boatman, Alex Howe (Royal Worlington) 83 45
129 Jane Scott, Becky Scott (Alresford) 83 46
129 Sarah Mortimer, Helena Mortimer (Walton Heath) 87 42
131 Karen Kuhler, Madeleine Kuhler (Walton Heath) 86 45
131 Sue Stradling, Annie Stradling (Rye) 87 44
131 Sue Todd, Hayley Todd (Royal Ashdown Forest) 88 43
131 Jackie Teniswood (Westhill), Karen Tenniswood (Wentworth) 89 42
132 Judy Wise, Karen Haynes (Luffenham Heath) 89 43
133 Delena Keenan (Chobham), Ellis Keenan (Sunningdale) 86 47
133 Angela Davis (Porters Park), Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford) 92 41
134 Judy Kendall (Wentworth), Vicky McDonald (Worplesdon) 90 44
135 Caren Oxlade, Gabriella Oxlade (Chelmsford) 85 50
135 Mona Watters, Tara Watters (Muswell Hill) 90 45
136 Kitty McEvoy, Niamh Doyle (Woodcote Park) 92 44
136 Jane Bathurst, Alice Bathurst (Hankley Common) 93 43
136 Loraine Kay, Louise Kay (Sandy Lodge) 94 42
137 Jo Thesiger, Sophie Thesiger (Roehampton) 91 46
137 Barbara Fox, Clare Frost (Denham) 93 44
139 Bea Cummins, Carly Frost (Parkstone) 95 44
140 Sally Courtney, Imogen Courtney (Surbiton) 90 50
140 Barbara Round, Sam Round (Tadmarton Heath) 92 48
140 Angie Crockett, Sasha Crockett (Burhill) 92 48
140 Cilla Shaw (Westhill), Natasha Cheeseman (Royal Wimbledon) 94 46
141 Vi Dolton, Di Oram (Basingstoke) 90 51
142 Jill Banks (Brocket Hall), Amy Banks (Rothley Park) 95 47
144 Sally-Ann Angel, Bella Angel (Colchester) 92 52
145 Kate Rowe (West Sussex), Imogen Rowe (Woking) 93 52
145 Joanna Wheeldon, Ellie Wheeldon (Royal Mid Surrey) 96 49
146 Liz Downs (Ilkley), Nicky Rose (Bamburgh Castle) 96 50
146 Michelle and Chanel Fontaine-Geary (Woburn) 99 47
147 Giulia Diana (Parco de Medici), Adele Tosti (Royal Mid Surrey) 99 48
148 Susan Henry (Epping), Megan Henry (Chigwell) 99 49
149 Sophie Warner (Royal Mid Surrey), Francesca Warner (Thorpeness) 96 53
150 Tricia Culliford (Sunningdale), Sophie Daws    (Roehampton) 97 53
150 Linda Robertson, Emma Robertson (Woodcote Park) 98 52
151 Priscilla Petch, Sarah Knollys (Sunningdale) 103 48
152 Julia Thompson, Camilla Thompson (Royal Ashdown Forest) 106 46
153 Diane Basden-Smith, Anna Basden-Smith (Tandridge) 106 47
161 Shirley Preston (New Forest), Tracy Preston    (Panshanger) 110 51
168 Alison Moss, Amanda Moss (Royal Mid Surrey) 111 57