Northamptonshire’s Christina Hancock led 10 players into the England Golf women’s Grand Medal Final after they booked their places in regional qualifying.
Christina, a past Northamptonshire champion, scored net 74 – one under her handicap – to win the Midlands South regional final at Wellingborough Golf Club.
The top 10 players all won places in the Grand Medal Final to find England’s top handicap golfer. They are: Christina Hancock (Whittlebury Park), Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham), Alana Parsons (Robin Hood, Solihull), Jenny Couch (Stafford Castle), Tina Bater (Sapey), Toni Shirley (Brandon Wood), Susan Veary (Bearwood Lakes), Debbie Warren (Kings Norton), Wendy Mcintyre (Olton), Wendy Douglas (Kington)
They’ll play off with qualifiers from five other events at the Grand Medal Final at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire on Thursday, 13 August. It will be a feature of the new Golf Week festival, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.
Christina commented on the qualifier: “It was a lovely day, the course was in great condition and I had great company – and the bonus of playing well.”
The five-handicapper, who is now on the brink of getting down to four, played very steadily throughout the round. Her highlight came on the par five 13th, where her second shot finished within 8ft of the pin and she narrowly missed an eagle.
Christina is no stranger to success. As well as being county champion, she has won ladies’ championships at three clubs and has held the title at Whittlebury Park for the past six years. “Medal competitions somehow bring out the best in me,” she said. “I don’t know why it is, but my best ever rounds have been on championship days.”
She took up golf with her husband about 15 years ago because they were keen to learn a sport together – and both are now single figure players. “We’ve had a great social time with golf,” said Christina. “It takes you to lovely places and you meet lovely people.”