Lancashire’s Christine Cook turned the tables to become one of the winners at the England Golf senior men’s and women’s North tournament at York Golf Club.
“Last year I was either last or nearly last,” she laughed. “This year I’ve done really well and had a wonderful win. You’ve just got to keep going!”
Christine, a past ladies’ captain at her club, Lancaster, won the women’s handicap prize by two points after returning scores of 40 and 38 stableford points for a total of 78.
“In the first round I had an excellent front nine with 25 points, but I felt I did even better in the second when I had 19 points front and back. I felt I played more consistently.”
Christine was joined in the winners’ circle by Sue Westall (Copt Heath), who took the women’s scratch prize; Brian Wilkinson (Otley) who won the men’s handicap at his first attempt; and Graeme MacDonald (Newark), who had a back-to-back win in the men’s scratch event.
Sue Westall was an England ladies’ and senior international – and a successful England senior team captain – and clearly still has the winning habit. She played exactly to her six-handicap in both rounds, amassing a gross total of 60 points.
“The pin positions were very difficult but the greens were superb and you could really score if you were in the right place,” said Sue. “I had one birdie, with a shot, for four points and the rest was just steady.”
Brian Wilkinson has his wife, Morag, to thank for his success. “My wife plays off 11 and she had entered and suggested I come too – I am very glad I did!
“It’s been a lovely two days, the weather was great, the course was lovely and I had good company all the way round,” added Brian, a 17-handicapper who had scores of 37, 33 for a total of 70 and a two-point win.
He said of his debut win: “I have to keep pinching myself. I was expecting someone in the last group to knock me out, but they didn’t. It’s been great, really good.”
Graeme MacDonald is enjoying a super season of senior golf. He won the scratch prize at the Midlands tournament, which was played at his own club, Newark, where he is course manager. Now, he’s followed up with his second success, with a gross total of 61 points. What’s more, he’s also a member of the Nottinghamshire team which is heading to the finals of the English senior men’s county championship.
“I’m very pleased to win two in a row,” said Graeme, who was full of praise for the York head greenkeeper. “The course was immaculate and the greens were fair and true.”
Caption (from left): Brian Wilkinson, Graeme MacDonald, Sue Westall and Christine Cook.