The new English mid-amateur champion, Emma Carberry, has won her second title of the month at the South region women’s championship at Betchworth Park, Surrey.
Emma, from Highwoods, Sussex, beat Surrey champion Inci Mehmet (Wentworth) 5/3 in the final. Earlier Emma defeated Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) in the semi-finals, while Inci beat her friend and foursomes partner Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth).
The championship was twice disrupted by bad weather – and must have been a case of deja-vu for Emma (pictured), who won her national title at a stop-start mid-amateur championship at Wetherby earlier in the month.
At Betchworth Park, the qualifying was interrupted in the afternoon by a prolonged, torrential downpour, accompanied by thunder and lightning. The early starters had posted some great scores: Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) equalled the course record with a 67, Annabel Dimmock shot 68 and Sian Evans (Faversham) 69. But, it was 8pm before the last players could return to the course to complete their rounds.
The following day’s matchplay brought a trouble-free morning round for the 16 qualifiers, but the last eight got caught up in more freak weather conditions and some matches had to be completed early on the third day.
The England Golf women's South region includes the counties of Hampshire, Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex. The championship attracted a full field of 64 players.