Yorkshire golfers Jane Butler and Carole Morris scored a runaway win in the national final of the Australian Spoons at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire.
The pair from Doncaster Golf Club defied torrential rain to score 36 points in the foursomes competition, which was run as part of England Golf Week – and they won the trophy by seven points.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Jane, who plays off 23 handicap. Carole, a 28-handicapper, added: “We are over the moon, really, really excited that we have won. We just kept saying ‘We can, we will’ and now ‘we have!’”
Jane has proved herself something of a foursomes specialist over the last two days. Yesterday, with a different partner, she took second place in the Yorkshire ladies’ county foursomes – and then travelled straight to Frilford for the Australian Spoons.
She and Carole had come through club and north regional qualifying rounds to reach the final and take on pairs from England Golf’s five other women’s regions.
The runners-up were Lisa Hawkins and Sophie Tester from Sedlescombe Golf Club, Sussex, taking second place on countback from Naomi Pilmer and Jane Clark (The Links, Newmarket) and Pam Greenfield and Desley Smith (Branston, Staffordshire). The other finalists were Sonia Restall and Sandra Ruxton (Harewood Downs, Buckinghamshire) and Sue Warren and Helen Walker (Cumberwell Park, Wiltshire).
England Golf Week is a five-day festival of handicap golf, featuring the national finals of a host of individual and team championships for club golfers.
Caption: Australian Spoons winners Carole Morris and Jane Butler from Doncaster Golf Club. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography).