Woburn’s Glenna and Harriet Beasley made the most of perfect conditions to triumph in the Mothers and Daughters at Royal Mid Surrey on Saturday.
It was the third win for Glenna over four decades, but this time she made the transition from winning daughter to winning mother, because her previous victories had been with her mother, Lady Angela Bonallack in 1979 and 2000.
Indeed, Angela still played an important part in Glenna and Harriet’s victory as she flew down from Scotland to pair up with her other daughter, Sara Stocks, to be their playing partners making up a family foursome.
However, it was no easy win for the Beasleys , as they only secured the title by a single shot from the Gillian and Sarah Attwood, from Gog Magog, finishing on an aggregate score of 114, 8-over-par, over the 27 holes medal.
Despite playing some wonderful golf, both pairs felt they squandered chances and succumbed to the pressure at times. Indeed the Beasleys were feeling very contented with their morning round until they found a bunker on final hole, took three attempts to get the ball out and ended up with a double bogey seven.
Sarah Atwood, a plus one handicap with ambitions to turn professional, admitted she and her mother just started too slowly. After dropping six shots over the front nine, they finally discovered their form, dropping only two on the back nine, to finish one shot behind the Beasleys on 79 after the morning round.
At that stage the contest was wide open, as the leaders after eighteen holes were 2003 winners, Ann Laughland and Rosie Jenner from Rye, who have competed the event for over thirty years. At the other end of the golfing spectrum, 13-year-old Martha Lewis from St George’s Hill was wowing the spectators, playing with her mother Evelyn, with a brilliant morning round of 79 and Martha was deservedly awarded the Meg Kent Cup, for the best U16 player.
As the wind picked up in the afternoon for the remaining nine holes, the Beasleys and the Attwoods raised their games and the chances of the other contenders fell away.
Leading scratch scores
Glenna Beasley (Woburn) & Harriet Beasley (Woburn) 114 (78&36)
Gillian Attwood (Gog Magog) & Sarah Attwood (Gog Magog) 115 (79&36)
Louella Hitchcock (Chigwell ) & Lorna Hitchcock (Hylands) 121 (78&43)
Alison Taylor (Walton Heath) & Katie Taylor (Walton Heath) 122 (82&40)
Christine Griffith (Walton Heath) & Charlotte Griffith (Walton Heath) 122 (83&39)
Evelyn Lewis (St George’s Hill) & Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill) 122 (79&43)
Karen Kuhler (Walton Heath) & Madeleine Kuhler (Walton Heath) 123 (82&41)
Ann Laughland (Rye) & Rosie Jenner (Rye) 123 (76&47)
Priscilla Shaw (West Hill ) & Natasha Cheeseman (Royal Wimbledon) 124 (80&44)
Mona Watters (Muswell Hill) & Tara Watters (Muswell Hill) 125 (83&42)