Fiona scores narrow win in English Par 3 championship

Fiona Todd 2016 Par 3 champ

Hampshire’s Fiona Todd is the new English women’s Par 3 champion – taking the title by the narrowest of margins at Ampfield Golf Club in her home county.

She won on countback from Janice Hounsham, from Blacknest, Hampshire, after both players tied with net scores of three-over 57. They finished a shot ahead of five players on 58.

“It’s absolutely amazing,” said Fiona, a 32-handicapper from Gosport and Stokes Bay. “I just didn’t expect it. I didn’t realise how well I’d done until we added up the scores at the end.”

She played in the competition for the first time last year, making up a team with two friends from her club. They so enjoyed the mix of good competition and a dash of garden party atmosphere – helped by a glass of Pimm’s and a slice of cake – that they made a date to return. Now Fiona is planning to defend next year.

“I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s been brilliant. The weather was fantastic, the course was beautiful – Ampfield have really done themselves proud,” she said.

Fiona took up golf about six years ago and is hooked on the game, explaining: “I love playing with the girls, I really enjoy team competitions and playing for the club.”

The team prize was won by the trio of Dorothy Shore and Carol Owen of Bramshaw, with Pat Geary of Royal Winchester. They had an aggregate score of 182 and won by a shot from a group from Cams Hall Estate.