Karen leads South qualifiers for Grand Medal Final

Karen Kuhler

Surrey golfer Karen Kuhler swept through to the England Golf women’s Grand Medal Final when she won her regional qualifier by five shots.

Karen scored net 68 – four under par – at Tyrrells Wood in Surrey to lead the 10 qualifiers from the South Region Medal Final.

She will be joined in the Grand Medal Final at Peterborough Milton Golf Club on June 28 by:  Nancy O’Connor (Sundridge Park), Nicola Smith (Sittingbourne & Milton Regis), Gill Pates (Addington Palace), Kirsty Galbraith (Mid-Kent), Pat Morecroft (Nizels), Dinah Henson (West Byfleet), Michele Desmond (Knole Park),  Susan Jones (Chestfield) and Fiona Pullar (The Wildwood).

All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2013.

Karen was playing in the second group out and set an early target which was never threatened. She described her round as “interesting” because it included a triple bogey, three double bogeys, 12 pars and a birdie. “I didn’t really play a bad shot, but I don’t know the course that well and got the wrong club on the bad holes. It was a very good day,” she said.

She has played golf for 40 years and has been as low as nine. But, when her three children were young she didn’t play much and is currently working her way back down from 17 handicap. Last year she reduced from 15 to 13 and another cut is on the way after the regional final. “Now the children have all finished school I’m playing more,” said Karen.

This was the second of six Regional Medal Finals. The East final has already taken place and the other dates are:  Midlands North at Shrewsbury, Shropshire, on 3 May;  Midlands South at Tadmarton Heath, Oxfordshire, on 13 May;  North at Houghton-Le-Spring, Durham on 21 May; South West at Forest Hills, Gloucestershire on 25 May.

South  Region Medal Final
Qualifying scores
Par 72  CSS 75
68 Karen Kuhler (Walton Heath)
73 Nancy O’Connor (Sundridge Park); Nicola Smith (Sittingbourne & Milton Regis)
74 Gill Pates (Addington Palace); Kirsty Galbraith (Mid-Kent)
75 Pat Morecroft (Nizels); Dinah Henson (West Byfleet); Michele Desmond (Knole Park); Susan Jones (Chestfield)
76 Fiona Pullar (The Wildwood)