Cornwall golfer Evelyn Postles – who has been playing golf for just three years – led the South West qualifiers for the England Golf Grand Medal Final.
She won the South West regional medal final at Forest Hills in Goucestershire by three shots, with a net score of one-under 73.
She leads 10 qualifiers for the Grand Medal Final at Peterborough Milton Golf Club on June 28. They are: Evelyn Postles of St Mellion, Carolyn Stait of Taunton & Pickeridge, Indumathi Kumaravel of Killiow, Toshiko Ricketts of Mendip Spring, Juliet Hagley of Clevedon, Tracy Bryant of Bulbury Woods, Kate Lush of Rushmore, Penny Deakin of Okehampton, Lorna Elliott of Dartmouth, and Heather Kerr-Wilbur of Mendip Spring.
Evelyn sealed her triumph with a par on the last, where she holed a 20-footer, and said: “Everything went my way today and to think I’ve actually won is amazing! I’m honoured that I’m playing in a national final – it will be good fun.”
This is only Evelyn’s third season of golf. She took up the sport after retiring from the health service at 50 and moving from London to Cornwall, where her home overlooks the golf course.
“The golf course was there and I wanted to do something competitive! Whatever I do I try to succeed and do my best and I’ve put a lot of work in to my swing,” said Evelyn.
“Usually in competition I tend to mess up some holes, but today I just played nicely. I had one bad hole but that was it, I played steadily and my playing partners were very encouraging.”
Her ambition for the season is to reduce her handicap, which was 17 at the start of the regional final. Her performance means a cut is on the way!
The was the sixth and last of the regional medal finals. All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2013.
South West Regional Medal Final
Forest Hills, Gloucestershire
Par 74, CSS 77 r/o
Net qualifying scores
73 Evelyn Postles (St Mellion)
76 Carolyn Stait (Taunton & Pickeridge)
77 Indumathi Kumaravel (Killiow), Toshiko Ricketts (Mendip Spring), Juliet Hagley (Clevedon)
78 Tracy Bryant (Bulbury Woods), Kate Lush (Rushmore), Penny Deakin (Okehampton)
79 Lorna Elliott (Dartmouth), Heather Kerr-Wilbur (Mendip Spring)
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