Golden girl Amanda wins again

2014 Senior Women's Southern Regional winner - Amanda Mayne

Golden girl Amanda Mayne is a super senior who keeps on winning! Days after helping the England senior women’s team to become European champions, she has picked up an individual prize with superb sub-par golf.

The international player from Somerset won the women’s scratch event at the England Golf Senior Men and Women’s South Tournament at West Sussex Golf Club where she played the 36-holes in seven-under par.

Amanda (pictured top) amassed a total of 79 stableford points (38, 41) and won the scratch prize by the impressive margin of 13 points. “It was just brilliant to win the European gold and I seem to have brought some good form back with me!” she said.

The scratch golfer, who had just one bogey in 36 holes, was playing in the event for the first time. Her next target is the British seniors’ championship at Royal Dornoch, which starts on Tuesday.

Amanda (Saltford) was joined in the winners’ circle by Fiona Crampton-Smith (Porters Park, Hertfordshire) who won the women’s handicap prize with 80 points; while players from Brokenhurst Manor in Hampshire won the men’s prizes, with Nick Rogers taking the scratch with 62 points and John Astin, the handicap with 73 points.

Fiona Crampton-Smith was on the reserve list until a couple of days ago and made the most of her late entry into the event: “I have had two really good days, I’m chuffed, absolutely delighted.”

She clinched her win in style, with an eagle three on the last, after she hit a rescue wood to within 4ft of the hole. “I thought I was laying up! It was rather nice,” she laughed. It was a complete reversal of the first day, when she blobbed the hole after finding the heather.

“It’s lovely to do well and to win, but I am especially delighted to have cut my handicap on both days,” she added. Fiona expects to be cut from 12 to 10 as a result of her play over the two days.

Nick Rogers started his rounds on both days with a pair of birdies and commented: “I’m extremely pleased, I’ve had a bit of an up and down time over the last year or two and it’s nice to stop the decline with a decent result.”

Nick, who plays for Hampshire seniors, was a British and England boy international and still holds a three-handicap. He was one of a contingent of eight Brokenhurst members who made the trip to West Sussex and he commented: “It’s such a good golf course, such a fair course and the facilities are terrific. It’s a lovely venue and worth the effort.”

John Astin was one of the early starters and had a long wait to be confirmed as a winner. “I’m amazed and more than pleased,” he said, as his challengers fell by the wayside.

John, who was a Hampshire senior, was particularly pleased with his performance on the greens. “I had a nightmare on the putting surface before this event. Last week I took 79 putts over two rounds, so I’m very pleased with my result. In the first round I had just 30 putts, which is good for me.”

He added: “It’s a wonderful course and I entered when a club colleague suggested it because it’s one of the courses I wanted to play before I pop my clogs!”