Surrey’s Christine Griffith recovered from a cancer operation to partner her daughter, Charlotte, to a special victory in the annual Mothers and Daughters Tournament at Royal Mid Surrey in Richmond.
Christine, a former professional, had made it her goal to compete again in the 27-hole medal foursomes after she had surgery last December. Last year, she and Charlotte, 18, missed out on the title by just one shot.
With very little practice, Christine played inspirational golf with her daughter, and the Walton Heath pairing returned a two-over-par 73 in their morning round. It gave them a five-shot lead over the holders, Elaine and Charlotte Barrow, aged 15, from Brockenhurst Manor, Hampshire.
The wind picked up for their remaining nine holes and they felt they had squandered too many shots as they returned a six-over par score. But the other contenders suffered the same frustrations and the Griffiths took the title by a comfortable five shots from their Walton Heath friends, Alison and Nicola Taylor.
Afterwards, Charlotte – who plays off three and is the 2011 Surrey girls’ champion – confessed she was “over-the-moon just to be playing” with her mum. She declared that this special victory with her mother was her greatest achievement since taking up golf at the age of 10. The pair are pictured with their trophies.
The handicap prize was won by former England international Tara Watters, who plays off plus-one, and her mother, Mona, who is a 23-handicapper. They are members at Muswell Hill.
Leading final scores
114 Christine & Charlotte Griffith (Walton Heath) 73 41
119 Alison & Nicola Taylor (Walton Heath) 7940
120 Elaine & Charlotte Barrow (Brockenhurst Manor) 78 42
121 Mona & Tara Watters (Muswell Hill) 79 42; Jane & Becky Scott (Alresford ) 82 39
122 Bea & Carly Cummins (Parkstone / Burhill) 79 43
126 Judy Kendall & Vicky MacDonald (Wentworth / Worplesdon) 81 45
128 Elsie Provan & Sarah Saggers (East Herts / Ipswich) 85 43
129 Louella & Lorna Hitchcock (Chigwell) 88 41; Jill Thornhill & Caroline Weeks (Walton Heath) 84&45
130 Laura & Rebecca Webb (East Berkshire) 81 49
132 Sue & Annie Stradling (Worplesdon / The Berkshire) 84 47; Shirley Donald & Kate Rowe (West Sussex) 85&46
133 Priscilla Petch & Sarah Knollys (Sunningdale) 91 42; Vi Dolton & Diane Holt (Basingstoke) 89 44; Karen & Madelaine Kuhler (Walton Heath) 90 43
134 Barbara & Sam Round (Tadmarton Heath / Cotswold Hills) 84 50; Evelyn & Martha Lewis (St. George’s Hill) 88 46; Caroline Keene & Gill Loughrey (Rodway Hill / Wrag Barn) 89 45
135 Linda & Hannah Sneath (Puttenham) 91 44
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