India wins marathon championship

India Clyburn

Lincolnshire’s India Clyburn is the new Midlands North women’s champion – capturing the title at the end of a stop-go tournament which took over two months to complete.

The 15-year-old from Woodhall Spa (pictured) began her marathon campaign at Branston Golf Club in Staffordshire, back on July 5th. The stroke play qualifying and the quarter-finals were played – but then the weather intervened and torrential rain flooded the course.

It proved impossible to complete the championship and the plate event within the two-day schedule. Organiser Cherry Loomes took on the task of rescheduling the individual matches, fitting in with the players’ other competition commitments and holidays.

Gradually, the games were played and the final has just taken place, with India beating Emma Newlove (Beeston Fields, Nottinghamshire) by 4/3. Earlier, in the semi-finals, India beat Florence King (Rothley Park, Leicestershire & Rutland) while Emma defeated Lucy Evans (Wrekin).

India is a past winner of the Midlands’ junior champion of champions title and of the Lincolnshire girls’ championship. She was in the England Golf girls’ squad at the recent North of England U16 championship.

The Plate final, also played this month, was won by Bronwyn Davies (Trentham, Staffordshire) who beat Harriet Allsebrook (Shifnal, Shropshire) by 3/1. Harriet had been four down with four to play but won two holes with birdies before succumbing on the 17th.

The Midlands North region represents the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.