Gloucestershire defending Women’s County Finals title at Delamere Forest

Last winner’s winners defied a series of storms to beat Buckinghamshire 5-1 in the deciding match at Royal North Devon after the final fixtures in this round robin competition were reduced to four singles and two foursomes because of the weather. Surrey and Yorkshire were also in the title hunt going into the wind-strewn final day but the former lost to Staffordshire and Norfolk earned their first win of the week against the latter.

Last year Gloucestershire claimed the title for a second time in three years with a team comprising Rachael Archibald, Jess Brown, Grace Connelly, Charley Hiatt, Ebonie Lewis, Caley McGinty, Claudia Ovens, Sam Round, Alex Saunders and Ffion Tynan and Brown, Connelly, Lewis, Ovens, Round, Saunders and Tynan all return this year. They are joined by Megan Bartlett, Issy Hopkins and Bethan Popel.

They will begin their defence with an opening fixture against Norfolk while Lincolnshire play Surrey and Buckinghamshire face Yorkshire. Yorkshire are the most successful team in this year’s competition having claimed the title 13 times most recently in 2017 at Felixstowe Ferry. Surrey have lifted the trophy nine times and Lincolnshire once. Both Norfolk and Buckinghamshire are seeking their maiden victory.

Each of the teams in the England Women’s County Finals came through a qualifying competition in one of England Golf’s six women’s regions: East, Midlands North, Midlands South, North, South and South West.

Three matches take place on each of the five days of the competition with the teams playing three foursomes in the morning and six singles in the afternoon. Each county can enter a team of up to 12 players. Any six of those competitors can play in the foursomes and singles.

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