England captain Emma Brown has just won the Yorkshire ladies’ championship for the third time – and the trophy proved a perfect fit for her baby son, Jack.
“It’s very snug,” she laughed after the tot was photographed sitting in the silverware.
Young Jack is almost six months old and Emma had few expectations when she teed up in the championship at Bradford Golf Club. “I was trying to win but I didn’t expect anything after the lay-off and having not practised as much as usual at the start of the season,” she said.
But she has managed some practice, hitting balls at the range while Jack sat, quietly and warmly wrapped, at the back of the bay. Emma and husband Richard, an England Golf regional development officer, have also taken their son on the course: they’ve carried their clubs while taking turns to push his buggy around nine holes!
Emma, (pictured right) from Malton & Norton, was second qualifier for the matchplay stages of the championship, behind Ellie Robinson (Headingley) and ahead of Claire Smith (Silsden). She went on to win the title, beating Huddersfield’s Megan Lockett 2/1 in a torrential downpour.
Emma will captain England in the European ladies’ team championship at Fulford, York, from July 9-13. She’ll be taking on the captain’s role for the first time having had a stellar career, playing in three Curtis Cup, six European team championships and winning British, English, European, South African and Scottish championships.
Other recent county championship results include:
Emily Toy became the youngest-ever Cornwall ladies’ champion, winning the title at the age of 15. The Carlyon Bay player beat past winner Rachael Lloyd Phillips of Tehidy Park.
The new Wiltshire champion is Jo Terry of Salisbury & South Wilts, who beat Ali Grandison of Chippenham in the final. Jo was the Dorset ladies’ champion in 2005.
Dorset’s 2013 champion is Kyra Horlock of Broadstone, who was two-under par when she defeated last year’s winner, Sophie Keech of Lyme Regis.