Gloucestershire’s Alison wins inaugural senior title

Gloucestershire’s Alison Kelly came from four shots off the pace to become the first winner of the England Senior Women’s County Champion of Champions’ title.

Kelly, from Cirencester, finished the 36-hole event at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire, on six-over par and won by two from Cheshire’s Barbara Jamieson (Heswall.)

She was delighted to win the inaugural competition, commenting: “I didn’t know when I entered the senior championship in Gloucestershire that this would happen so it was a real bonus.

“I don’t usually play in the bigger senior events because I’m a teacher and they’re usually during term-time.” Kelly takes specialist workshops in STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – in Gloucestershire primary schools.

Her win was made even more special because it was at Frilford Heath – where Kelly’s parents were members until recently – and because the trophy was presented by England Golf President-elect Jenny Clink, a stalwart of Gloucestershire women’s golf.

After yesterday’s first round Kelly was four behind Jamieson, who posted an opening score of level par 70 on the Green course.

Today Kelly’s plan was simple: “I just went out to have a reasonable game, I wasn’t thinking of winning particularly, but of having a tidy round.” She did exactly that, going round in two-over 72 to overtake Jamieson, who finished on eight-over. Third place went to Dorset’s Jane Southcombe (Yeovil) who finished on 10-over (77, 73).

Kelly took up golf as a girl and has played in Kent, Oxfordshire – where she was runner-up five times in the county championship – and Gloucestershire. This is her third spell as senior county champion and she has also been county junior organiser and a long-standing member of the women’s team.

She insists she has retired from county golf although she is planning to support the team at Women’s County Finals at Royal North Devon, later this month, when Gloucestershire will be aiming to win back the title.

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