Promising signs from teenagers Wakeley-Jones and Heeps at County Golf Finals
8:50am Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
GLOUCESTERSHIRE Ladies just missed out on third place in the County Golf Championships on the final day at Wilmslow Golf Club in Cheshire last week.
Gloucs had been beaten just once prior to the final match, defeating Warwickshire (6-3) and Kent (5-4) as well as halving (4.5-4.5) with Lincolnshire, while like most of the other counties they found eventual winners Yorkshire too strong, losing 7-2.
Then in the final shoot-out on Friday they went down 6.5-2.5 to Hertfordshire.
The Gloucs team included Alison Kelly from Cirencester GC and three members from Minchinhampton (New) – Grace McLaughlin along with teenagers Victoria Wakley-Jones and Charlotte Heeps, who has reduced her handicap from 12 to 5 this season alone.
Gloucestershire held the upper hand all through the opening match with Warwickshire, as Kelly starred to win both her matches, the morning foursomes with partner Lucy Padley and her afternoon singles against Rachel Rusted, in which she was two down after seven but went on to win on the 16th.
The Gloucestershire/Lincolnshire clash on day two was incredibly close all day and both captains declared the final, halved scoreline as a fair result.
Gloucs were no match for the mighty Yorkshire on Wednesday but it was a day to remember for young Wakeley-Jones who played for the first time during the week and beat Megan Lockett in a tight match one up In the clash with Kent on the Thursday, the pairing of Kelly and Padley again contributed a point for a win.
And there was a vital singles victory for McLaughlin – 2 up against Jerri Sewell – in her first match of the week.
In the final match with Hertfordshire, the Minch youngsters Charlotte Heeps (making her debut) and Wakeley-Jones were paired together and they certainly did not let the side down, gaining a battling half against Stephanie McEvoy and Esther Strous. Good news for the future.
Final placings: 1st Yorkshire, representing the North, 5pts.
2nd Lincolnshire, representing Midlands North, 3.5pts.
3rd Hertfordshire representing the East, 3pts.
4th Gloucestershire, representing the South West, 2.5pts.
5th Kent, representing the South, 1pt.
6th Warwickshire, representing Midlands South, 0pt.