GOLF: Woodhall Spa ladies’ invitational made interesting by handicap system

Woodhall Spa ladies' captain Jane Burtt and Invitation Day winners Judy Wildon and Carrie Larwood.
Woodhall Spa ladies' captain Jane Burtt and Invitation Day winners Judy Wildon and Carrie Larwood.

The weather behaved well for a change in this year’s Woodhall Spa Golf Club Ladies’ Invitation.

Fifty-seven pairs took part in the competition, played on the Bracken Course, with tee-off times from 8.30am until 1.40pm.

Lady captain Jane Burtt’s husband Jamey, along with his twin brother Nick, did an excellent job welcoming the lady golfers and distributing their prepared scorecards, with ¾ handicaps, which definitely made the competition more interesting and challenging.

The winning scores this year were very impressive – the top five all being 39 points or more, when 36 would be playing to the given handicaps.

The winning score, by Judy Wildon and her partner Carrie Larwood from West Byfleet Club, was amazingly impressive – 42 points – and well worth the huge applause.

The winners all received bottles of wine and Marks and Spencer vouchers from Jane Burtt at the early evening prize giving session. A tasty meal was enjoyed by everyone on tables decorated with tall vases of flowers, arranged by the club’s excellent flower arrangers.

Prize winners: 1 Judy Wildon and Carrie Larwood (West Byfleet) 42, 2 Judy Reiz and Chrissie Hargeaves (Coxmoor) 40, 3 Anne Barton and Sue Anniball (South Kyme) 39 (24 back 9), 4 Sue Spittlehouse and Margaret Bentley (Stoke by Nayland) 39 (23 back 9), 5 Wendy Craven and Di Newton (Muswell Hill) 39 (20 back 9); Nearest the Pin guest (5th) Maxine Padley (Luffenham Heath), Nearest the Pin guest (11th) Sue Anniball (South Kyme), Nearest the Pin member (7th) Bev Cox, Nearest the Pin member (16th) Sheila Dewsnap; 11 birdie twos – Helen Summ (Willesly Park), Jen Bonham (Hollinwell), Moira Wilson (Seaford), Carrie Larwood (West Byfleet), Sue Anniball (South Kyme), Margie Ward-Read, Wendy Craven, Jo Burden, Jane Burtt, Jane Dulake, Barbara Lennox.