Brown and Gaunt ‘relive their youth’ to claim Brenda King title

Staffordshire duo Julie Brown and Julia Gaunt knocked in the putts and rolled back the years to win the 2019 Brenda King Foursomes.

A four-over par total of 78 was enough to see them claim the silverware in an event reduced to 18 holes after torrential rain caused Tuesday’s play to be cancelled.

Trentham GC member Brown and playing partner Gaunt from Drayton Park GC finished well ahead of nearest rivals Susan Caton and Gillian Mellor to record a deserved victory.

And for the duo it was a case of remembering all their yesteryears as they took top prize at Pleasington GC in Lancashire.

“We’ve known each other since we were teenagers and actually played foursomes together for England back in the day.

“This was us reliving our youth!” joked Brown.

Gaunt reckons plotting a safe course helped them get over the finishing line with a few shots to spare.

”It was just a case of trying to be steady and keeping the ball in play,” she confirmed

“We just plodded along and I think that was the best plan. The course was heavy after all the rain and it was cold and windy too so we just tried to keep things simple and the mistakes to a minimum.”

Brown added: “This was the first time we have played in the event and we both thoroughly enjoyed it.

“We hadn’t a clue how we were doing in comparison to everyone else, but we’re both thrilled to have won.”

One of last year’s winners – Betty Sworowski – teamed up with Pat Wrightson for this year’s event but the Wakefield and Prestbury duo couldn’t threaten the winning score.