Title double for Jo and Amanda

Jo Shorrocks Amanda Mayne 2016

The pairing of Amanda Mayne and Jo Shorrocks successfully did the double when they defended their title at the Brenda King Foursomes at Clevedon Golf Club in Somerset.

Mayne, from Saltford in Somerset, and Shorrocks, from Bigbury in Devon, finished the 36-hole scratch medal foursomes on seven over par and won by four shots. The competition is contested by pairs from all over the country and is the annual finale to the English senior women’s season.

The South West was well represented with Devon pair Anne Norman (Exeter) and Lesley Pascoe (Stover) taking second place.

“It was lovely to defend,” said Mayne, who was reserve for this week’s Senior Home Internationals and finished sixth in the recent British senior championship, where Shorrocks also made the cut.

They made a slow start to the Brenda King and were six over par after eight holes of the first round. But then, as the weather declined, they hit form, coming home in one-under par. Their five-over total put them one shot off the lead.

“Today we were nice and steady,” said Shorrocks, who chipped in for birdie on the eighth as they played to two-over 77 in the second round. “We were one-under after 13 and probably got a bit defensive then, but the closing holes here are tough and into the wind, so we were happy.”

Third place was shared by Angela DeBurca (Wentworth, Surrey) and Kate Evans (Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire) and by Carol Simpson (Horsley Lodge, Derbyshire) and Pauline Bramley (Hallamshire, Yorkshire).

Caption:  2016 Brenda King Foursomes winners Jo Shorrocks (left) and Amanda Mayne