Stanton took on the Holders of the Ladies’ InterClub Foursomes, Ruddington Grange, at Norwood Park on Monday 20th May in the first round. The sun was shining and a few stalwart supporters came out to watch.
Match 1 - Jane Harby and Louise Spray
Jane and Louise had to give 8 shots on the tricky course which was in good condition, but all four competitors in this match struggled to read the slow greens and failed to get the ball up to the hole.
Our girls played well on the front nine and were one up after nine. They pushed ahead with some solid golf and got to 3 up but then lost three holes giving back to back shots and suddenly the match was all square. They hung on, despite not holing any putts, and managed to win the 16th with a solid par. They looked like winning the short 17th, when Stanton hit the green and Ruddington missed, but halved in 4 with another 3 putt.
We were lucky to win the last hole, where Louise hit a superb bunker shot from the green side and Ruddington’s putt lipped out of the hole to give the girls a 2UP win.
Match 2 - Fran Tunnicliffe and Di Hardwick
The second match also proved to be a tightly fought contest with Fran and Di giving 7 shots. After a slight wobble on the second hole the pair settled and pulled it back to all square by the 10th. The 14th saw them go down again, but a terrific bunker shot from Fran at the 15th pulled them back. The relief was short lived however, as Ruddington, with a shot in hand at the 16th re-established their lead.
And so to the 17th…… the tricky elevated par 3 with sloping green. The opposition played what appeared to be the perfect shot. To their dismay, the ball rolled away just over the back of the green. Seizing her moment, Fran changed her club, held her breath and lobbed the ball high using the natural contour of the hill to bring it to rest 3 feet from the edge of the green. The opposition chipped on to within 6ft of the hole and so it was Di to go. After some deliberation, she played a delicate chip onto the edge of the green, hoping to give Fran an easy tap in. Supporters and players alike were amazed to see it trickle closer and closer towards the hole and with a gentle nick of the pin drop down into the cup! With no more shots to give, a jubilant Fran and Di moved on to the 18th with the match all square. Both teams played well on the home run with Fran and Di making the green in regulation, but with the opposition scoring a one putt, the match was HALVED confirming an overall win for Stanton.