Hampshire players, led by Jane Shergold, pulled off a clean sweep in the English Women’s Par 3 Championship at Ampfield, in their home county.
“I’m ecstatic,” said Jane (pictured), from Blackmoor, who won the individual championship with a net score of one-under par 53. She was two ahead of Gillian Fahy from Osborne on the Isle of Wight.
Meanwhile, Royal Winchester’s Moya Abbott, Cookie Bridgeman, and Pauline Davies won the team prize with a combined total of 12-over 174 – three clear of their closest challengers.
The championship was mostly played in rain but nothing could dampen the spirits of the players who 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.
The event proved so popular that the original entry limit of 60 players was extended to accommodate over 100 women.
Jane, who plays off six handicap and is a regular at England Golf senior championships, remarked: “We played in this last year and enjoyed it so much we came back this year and it’s been absolutely fantastic.
“The club have looked after us so well and to finish with Pimm’s and a slice of cake just hits the spot!”
Jane started with a double bogey but quickly made up for it with a string of pars, two bogeys and two birdies. “It certainly sharpens up your short game,” she said.
The Ampfield course won much praise. Pauline Davies, from the winning team, said: “I live about 10 minutes away and have only played it once before, but I think I’ll be playing it a lot more after today. It’s beautiful, very well maintained and manicured – and tricky!
“It’s our first time in the competition but we are definitely going to do it again next year. It was a shame about the weather – but you can’t alter that – but it’s been a wonderful day.”
Hampshire players, including those from the Isle of Wight, turned out in large numbers to support the event, but competitors also travelled from further afield, including Devon and Dorset.
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