Morgan sets course record to win MNR Girls 2017

MNRGirls17WinnerAA hot, sunny bank holiday Monday, 28th August, saw 24 girls compete for the MNR Girls Championship Trophy at Ruddington Grange Golf Club in Nottinghamshire. Morgan Thomas from Beau Desert Golf Club, Staffordshire shot a course record of 72 in the morning to lead at the half way stage. However, she continued to be on fire in the afternoon beating the course record again with a three under par gross 69, giving her a total of 141 for 36 holes to win the Championships. Morgan, playing off 1 handicap, also carded a nett total of 139 to make a clean sweep and win the nett trophy.
Esme Hamilton (Notts Ladies, Notts) was runner up with gross 150, with Ellie Haughton (Greetham Valley, Lincs) in 3rd place on 153. In the Nett competition Courtney Martland (Lincoln GC, Lincs) took first prize behind Morgan with an impressive score of 142, followed by Amelia Wan (Rufford Park, Notts) on 143 and Lauren Sabin (Shirland Derbys) on 146.

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Midland North Girls Festival of Golf 2017

LeagueFinal17aThe MNR Girls' Festival of Golf took place at Trent Lock Golf club on Monday 21st August with over with 100 girls from the 6 counties aged 6-18 taking part in a variety of activities.
The event, now in its second year, proved again what a fun day is had by all involved; a mixture of golf on the course, the pirate golf challenge, a drive chip putt competition and a firm favourite the trick shot show!

I’m pleased to say on the day both the handicap and scratch teams won their final matches of the season, The scratch team 4-1 against Derbyshire and the handicap team 3-2 against Staffordshire.
The win for scratch team meant that they were in the running to win the overall league this year. After a short wait to see the result for Staffordhire who were on the same number of wins prior to the day we discovered they had also won their match. The results were then calculated on game wins and Nottinghamsire managed to finish half a point ahead so won the league for 2017!
Well done to the team this year who was represented by Esme Hamilton, Libby Kilbride, Laura Abbott, Kristina Lazarevic, Sharna Betteridge, Jacey Peacock, Leonie Muir, Charlie Inger, Rebecca Oats, Safi Durant.

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MNR Scratch League 2017 - Round 2

Telford17Our second round match took place at Telford Golf Club in Shropshire on Wednesday 26th July. This time our team played Leicestershire in the morning and Lincolnshire in the afternoon. The heavy overnight rain continued through the first nine holes of the morning round, making conditions very difficult for all players. The sun then came up along with a stiff breeze for the latter part of the round so providing a good all-round test for the team. Our team for the day was, from left to right, Libby Kilbride (making her debut for the Junior team), Esme Hamilton, Laura Abbott, Sharna Betteridge and Jacey Peacock.

The opening match in the morning round against Leicestershire was very tight, with Esme battling hard to gain a half. Libby, Laura and Jacey all played excellent golf to win their matches conclusively while Sharna lost to some very good golf from her Leicestershire opponent. A special mention for Laura, who finished her match on the 10th without dropping a single shot!
The result of the morning round was a win for Notts 3½ to Leics 1½

In the afternoon, the team played very solidly against Lincolnshire with wins for Esme, Libby, Laura and Jacey, with the afternoon score Notts 4 to Lincs 1.

Congratulations to all the team for playing 36 holes on a hilly course in difficult conditions and for playing some excellent golf to go through to the Scratch League Final at Trent Lock on 21st August. Thanks also to the parents who accompanied the girls on the long trip to Telford and to President Maureen Clarke for coming along to support the girls on their day.

Helen Maber
County Captain

Girls & Intermediate Championships 2017

EsmeWinner17aThe Girls & Intermediate Championships were held at The Norwood Park Golf Club on Sunday 2nd July. There was a high turnout with 31 entries across the three categories: intermediate, junior and 9 hole. The sun was shining and the girls all enjoyed playing the course. Some excellent scores were returned with the ball spotters commenting they were redundant!
Our girls junior champion for 2017 is Esme Hamilton (Notts Ladies) with a gross 75, she also won the U18 Open Scratch Salver. The intermediate champion for an excellent 4th year running is Lauren Spray (Notts Ladies) with a gross 73. Our 9 hole champion is Elizabeth Wilson from Norwood Park.
In her Rookie year Ankita Anand (Ruddington) won the U18 Handicap Cup and the Bronze Division Scratch Cup with a gross 95, nett 70.
Leonie Muir (Wollaton Park) won both the U16 and U14 Scratch Championships with a gross of 82.

Congratulations to all the girls!

Our sincere thanks go to Norwood Park Golf Club for hosting the Championship and to Lady Vice Captain Christine Green who welcomed the competitors to the club.
Thank you also to all the volunteers who helped make the day a great success: Joanna Smith our referee, Elaine Mitchell, Carol Houghton, Julie Craggs, Jenny smith, Lynn Buttery, and to the County Captain Helen Maber and the County President Maureen Clarke who presided over the prize presentation.

Emma Howie
Junior Co-ordinator

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MNR Scratch League 2017 - Round 1

The first round matches were held at Holme Hall nr Scunthorpe, LIncs on Tuesday 30th May. There were two 18 holes matches to play on the day against two different opponents, on this occasion it was Shropshire in the morning and Staffordshire in the afternoon.
In the morning the team to take on Shropshire was Leonie Muir, Laura Abbott, Jacey Peacock, Charlie Inger and Safi Durant. The girls all played some great golf and each won their matches. The first match in particular was close with Leonie and her opposition Megan carding 8 birdies between them before Leonie eventually closed the match out on the 18th 1 up.
In the afternoon playing Staffordshire the team had a small change with Rebecca Oates playing instead of Safi. Both players were making their debut in the scratch team. Staffordshire, last years league winners, provided some strong opposition. Jacey put the first point on the board for Notts, then Rebecca and Charlie lost their matches before the last two matches came down the 18th hole. Leonie won the 18th to half her match in her second very close match of the day. Laura was all square coming down 18th and had to make an up and down out the greenside bunker to win the hole, giving the team the point that halved the match.
It was a great team effort from the girls and my thanks also go to the parents who accompanied the girls on the trip.

Emma Howie
Notts Junior Coordinator

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MNR Handicap Match v Leics 2017

2vLeics17aThe girls handicap team had their first match of the season at Beedles Lakes golf club on Sunday 7th May. They played Leicestershire girls on bright sunny day, enjoying a course that was new to all of them, however the number of trees played a factor in the matches on both sides!
Notts took an early lead then Leicestershire came back in the middle order before, Ankita Anand playing her first match, battled right to the end to halve her match on the final hole.

There are two more matches for the second team later this season.

Emma Howie
NCLGA Junior Coordinator

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Mixed Am-Am 2017

AmAm17The Mixed Open Am Am, run by the County Junior Girls in aid of their funds, took place at Springwater Golf Club on Sunday 23rd April, a bright spring-like day. The event comprises a team of four, 2 ladies and 2 gentlemen, with the best ladies and gents stableford score counting on each hole.

The prize winners were presented their prizes by the NCLGA President Mrs Maureen Clarke. They were:
In 1st place for the second year running, with 79 pts: Michael Boulton, Helen Boulton, Rachel Bouton and Andy Tyler
In 2nd place with 78 pts: Colin Maber, Helen Maber, Cathy Burnside and Steve Burnside
In 3rd place with 74 pts (on count back): David Kerry, Wendy Kerry, Steve Cockayne and Lorraine Howd
The putting competition was won by Steff Dutton
 
The Junior Girls Captain Laura Abbott organised the running of the day with the assistance of Kristina Lazarevic, Charlie Inger, Esme Hamilton, Sharna Betteridge, Ankita Anand, and Rachael Green. The team of girls worked extremely hard running the desk, acting as starters, holding a putting competition, cleaning clubs and a raffle. Their efforts saw them raise over £350 in those activities alone. The whole day raised over £950 in funds for the girls, so a sincere thanks to all those who participated in the day, and the members and visitors at Springwater who also made donations.Our sincere thanks go to Springwater GC for agreeing to host the event , and keeping everyone fed and watered during day.
A final thank you to Helen Boulton for organising the competition entries and Helen Maber, County Captain, for facilitating the prize giving.

Friendly Match v Mapperley 2017

Mapperley17aThursday 13th April saw the staging of the annual friendly fixture against Mapperley Ladies. The team, consisting of acting Captain Charlie Inger, Ankita Anand, Lucy Holbrough, Madeleine Smith, Safi Durant and Rebecca Oates, ran out 3-0 victors although the matches were much closer than the score lines suggest.

This match was one of the first many of the girls had played for the County, although any nerves were quickly forgotten following six fine drives on the first hole. The better ball format resulted in some great shots being played by both sides in a match played in good spirits. The girls all said how helpful the support, course management tips and matchplay advice given to them by Mapperley’s ladies was at this stage of their County careers.

Once again thanks go to the Mapperley Ladies for hosting this match and allowing the girls to gain valuable matchplay experience.

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