Tracey Mann and Carole Kane of Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club finished strongly on the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa Golf Club to win an Australian Spoons title that has been long in the making.
The pair, who are both ex-Lady Captains, have known each other for eight years and have entered the tournament for the past six years, missing out on the national final in 2018 by just one point.
However, this year they were determined to go one better and even sacrificed time on holiday to qualify for the final. Mann flying from Turnberry to Birmingham to play in the regional final (which they won with 37 points – four ahead of the field) before flying back to complete her break.
They started the final slowly with just three points from their first three holes and a moderate score of 13 at the half way stage, but picked up points on eight of the remaining nine holes, including eight points from the last three to race to the title.
They finished three points ahead of their closest challengers Sarah Ross and Pam Wevill from Launceston GC who, in contrast, were unable to pick up a point from either of their last two holes.
The pair said the key to their success was never giving up: “After a poor front nine we were determined to come back. We dug in and stayed focused.”
Australian Spoons – Final Leaderboard
- Tracey Mann/Carole Kane (Whittlebury Park G&CC) 30 points
- Sarah Ross/Pam Wevill (Launceston GC) 27
- Vivien Ward/Valerie Tyler (Bourn GC) 24
- Jackie Brown/Sue Johnstone (Pinner Hill GC) 21
- Sue Ratcliffe/Lynn Ellerton (Market Drayton GC) 21
- Kay Vickers/Janet Brimmell (Doncaster GC) 19
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