Gloucestershire’s Caley McGinty put the sparkle into this morning’s foursomes at the English Women’s County Finals when she holed in one on the 12th at Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk.
It helped Gloucestershire to lead Yorkshire 2-1 in the championship title decider, with six singles to be played this afternoon.
McGinty and partner Ebonie Lewis were one up when the 16-year-old won the 12th with a five iron shot for her first ace. The green is outside the clubhouse and McGinty was loudly cheered as she collected her ball. The pair then built on their advantage to win 4/3.
Gloucestershire’s other point was provided by Alex Saunders and Alex Giles, who also won 4/3. They had a pair of birdies on eight and nine to get to three up and, although they lost 11, they pushed ahead with wins on 13 and 14.
In the other game, Yorkshire’s Hannah Holden and Charlotte Heath played birdie golf which had the spectators marvelling as they powered their way to a 7/6 win to keep the team in touch.
The battle for third place is being fought in the other two matches. Suffolk, who are currently third, must be favourites after winning all three morning foursomes. The first two games were very closely contested but the pairs of Victoria Inglis/Lottie Whyman and of Sharon Luckman/Fiona Edmond both won 1up. Vanessa Bell and Alice Barlow won 4/2.
Hampshire and Buckinghamshire halved their foursomes. Alice Kozlowski and Georgina Bowers made their fourth winning outing for Bucks, while Kerry Smith and Adrian Mylrea won for Hampshire.