Golfing partners Sandra Taylor and Jean Lamb scored a success for the North when they won the national final of the Australian Spoons competition at Wilmslow, Cheshire.
The pair, from Rudding Park Golf Club in Yorkshire, beat partnerships representing the other five England Golf regions. They scored 32 points to take the honours in the stableford foursomes competition for players with handicaps of 15 and over.
It’s their biggest golfing success and Jean, who plays off 18, described it as “exciting.” Sandra, a 15-handicapper, added: “We really didn’t expect to win and when we realised that we had it was a bit overwhelming. We couldn’t take it in!
“It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I’d recommend anyone to take part in the Australian Spoons. We’ve been extremely well looked after.”
The finalists are the overnight guests of England Golf and, after the competition, they had tea with past President Sue Johnson.
The Rudding Park pair played to their handicaps on the front nine but found the last few holes of the inward half challenging. However their score was two points ahead of their closest challengers.
Sandra took up golf only in 2010, when she retired from the police force. “I’ve always been sports mad. When I gave up work a friend invited me to Rudding Park, just for a go, and I loved it so I joined,” she said. She was ladies’ captain last year. Jean has played for almost 10 years and together the pair have enjoyed local successes.
The finalists were:
Sandra Taylor and Jean Lamb of Rudding Park, Yorkshire, representing the North
Kerry Variava and Joanne Smith of Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire, representing Midlands North
Elaine Osbourne and Tricia Ainsbury of Burstead, Essex, representing the East
Jean Rockall and Jayne Begley of Saunton, Devon, representing the South West
Lynn Lambert and Victoria Westgarth of Windlesham, Surrey, representing the South
Mary Evans and Bryony Travill of Brampton Heath, Northamptonshire, representing Midlands South
Caption: Sandra (left) and Jean (right) are pictured with England Golf past President Sue Johnson (image © Leaderboard Photography).