SALLY SMITH was crowned The Vale Golf Club’s ladies club champion after an exciting day’s play at the Club Championship on Sunday.
In fine weather and with the course in great condition, there was a fine turnout from the ladies who competed in three separate competitions.
The Angora Cup for ladies of handicap 29-36 was an 18-hole strokeplay event and the winner was Anne Gusterson (118/86) and runner-up Margaret Perryman (120/88).
The Lady Captain’s Trophy for ladies of handicap 0-28 was also 18 holes of strokeplay and the victor was Pauline Hawkins (97/80) and runner-up Jacqui Cravos (101/82).
The Ladies Championship featured 27 holes of strokeplay and Best Nett winner was Terri Hawes (143/113) and second was Jan Ledbury (146/117.5).
Best Gross runner-up was Lyn Robinson (133/122.5) and Best Gross and club champion was Smith (128/116).
FORTY-TWO ladies competed in pairs in an attempt to win the Karen Stupples Trophy in a Medford competition.
In this event one lady plays a Medal and her partner plays a Stableford and the Stableford score is deducted from the nett strokeplay score to give the final score.
First place went to Fee Mitchell and Jean Humphries with 48 points, second were Terri Hawes and Margaret McCaig on 52 and third were Deb Smith and Annameika Phillips on 54.
The trophy – a putter mounted on a board – was given to the ladies’ section by the European Tour player Karen Stupples in recognition of the support a group of Vale ladies gave her at the Ladies Open over a number of years.
The following day one of The Vale’s lady members, Rosemary Shufflebotham, hosted a pig roast and bring and buy at her farm to raise money for the lady captain’s charity, St Richard’s Hospice.
More than £600 was raised from ticket sales, Pimms, a putting competition and bring and buy sales in what was a fantastic effort and the icing on the cake was celebrating the 80th birthday of one of The Vale ladies.