Northern success for Bronte Law

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Curtis Cup player Bronte Law won the Northern women’s championship at Hexham, Northumberland, when she beat girl international Brogan Townend 6/5 in the final.

Bronte, (pictured)  from Bramhall in Cheshire, arrived at the event straight from a pre-Open Championship gala dinner which applauded GB&I’s success in winning the Curtis Cup in June for the first time in 16 years.

Brogan, from Pleasington, who was also runner-up last year, was the top qualifier for the matchplay after 36 holes, winning the best gross in both the morning and afternoon rounds. She was also part of the Lancashire team which won both the gross and handicap team trophies.

The top 16 qualifiers contested the matchplay stages of the championship. The next eight played for the Millennium Bowl which was won by Hollie Vizard (Pleasington) who beat Hannah Holden (Lightcliffe) 2/1 in the final.

Despite atrocious weather condition prior to the championship the Hexham greenstaff presented the course in beautiful condition. The 50 competitors had to contend with testing wind and rain during qualifying but conditions during the matchplay rounds were kinder.

A tri-am was played on the last day and was won by the team of Sue Shaw-Tooney and Sue Crawford, both of Hexham, with Sally Aitchison of Gosforth Park Ladies

Championship matchplay results

First round
Brogan Townend (Pleasington) beat Laura Alexander (Eaglescliffe) 4 & 3
Emma Goddard (Royal Liverpool) beat Rebecca Horner (Woodham) 3 & 2
Sophie Powell (Manchester) beat Nicola Haynes (Gosforth Park Ladies) 3 & 1
Ami Storey (Ponteland) beat Poppy Finlay (Vicars Cross) 4 & 2
Charlotte Austwick (Fulford) beat Imogen Covell (Huddersfield) 5 & 4
Olivia Winning (Rotherham) beat Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) 6 & 5
Emma Clegg (Clitheroe) beat Alison Knowles (Hickleton) 1 up
Bronte Law (Bramhall) beat Rochelle Morris (Huddersfield) 3 & 2

Quarter Final
Townend beat Goddard 3/2
Powell beat Storey 4/2
Austwick beat Winning 1 up
Bronte Law beat Emma Clegg 2/1

Semi Final
Townend beat Powell 19th hole
Law beat Austwick 3/2

Final
Law beat Townend 6/5