Wednesday, August 17, 2016

                            Dorset pair are England champions

A pair of Dorset women golfers have won the national England Golf Trust Stableford competition, which has raised over £5000 to support young people who need financial help to play the game.
Sarah Holt and Sarah Lethbridge, from Sherborne (image © Leaderboard Photography), teamed up to score 47 points in the betterball final at King’s Norton Golf Club, Worcestershire.
They won by two points from the team from Belton Woods, Lincolnshire, who took second place on countback from Redditch, Worcestershire. Fourth place went to Perranporth, Cornwall, on 41 points, also securing their spot on countback.
The competition was designed to raise funds for the Trust which provides grants and bursaries for young men and women in education or aged up to 21. Over 100 clubs entered the competition, which began with a club qualifying round, and around 80 more also made donations to the Trust.
Trustee Ian Watkins commented: “The competition and the support we have received has been brilliant. We’ve raised just over £5000 from entry fees and donations and that means around 30 grants for young people.”
Sarah Holt, who plays off 16 (pictured left) said: “We’re absolutely delighted to win – and stunned! We didn’t really get into any trouble, but if one of us did the other scored well. We just dovetailed.”
Sherborne are regular supporters of the Trust and Sarah Lethbridge, a 22-handicapper, added: “If raising money helps young people stay in golf and gets more people playing golf, it has to be good.”
She took up golf about three years ago and says: “It keeps me sane! I’m a chef and I work very long hours, so golf gets me out in the fresh air and makes me shut off from my job.”
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Lyndsey Hewison
Press Officer
England Golf
07825 752 193
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