Tue 19 May 2015
First Championship title for Tabitha
St Ives Golf Club hosted the Cambs and Hunts Ladies Golf Championship for the first time in its history. The new course proved a real challenge but Tabitha Brain produced some stunning golf to clinch her first Cambs and Hunts Championship title. The Gogs player took the crown with a 3 and 1 win over fellow County player Marcella Tuttle (The Links).
The qualifying rounds of the three day event were played in warm conditions with a gentle breeze. Tabitha topped the qualifiers when she set a course record of 71 in the morning for a total of 145, followed by Tina Broadley (Ely City) and Marcella Tuttle (The Links) both on 160. Tina was unable to compete in the knockout stages of the competition.
In the first quarter-final Tabitha faced Laura Todd (Ely City). Despite the freshening breeze she maintained her good form as she closed out the match 6 & 5. County Junior Jade Guest (Gogs) was in fine form as she defeated former Champion Jackie Gregg (The Links) 5 & 4. The Links Sarah Greenall fought hard for a 2 & 1 win against St Ives Captain Paula Ewing. The fourth quarter final produced an epic battle between two County 1st team players with Marcella Tuttle (Links) just edging out Jane McGuffog (Gogs) on the 19th hole.
In the semi-finals Tabitha saw off the challenge of Jade Guest and Marcella secured a hard fought 2 & 1 victory over Sarah Greenall.
In the final Tabitha went one up on the first hole when Marcella conceded after finding water with her approach shot to the green. The score was levelled on the 3rd when Tabitha conceded after difficulty in a greenside bunker. Marcella then took the next two holes with solid pars to go two up. The sixth hole went to Tabitha, but Marcella hit back by winning the seventh hole in par. The eighth hole was halved and Tabitha then reduced the arrears to one by winning the 9th hole.
After the turn Tabitha made a significant move with a birdie and two pars to move 2 up. The 13th hole was halved before Marcella reduced the arrears by winning the 14th hole. With holes running out Marcella conceded the 15th and the 16th hole was halved. On the 17th hole Tabitha hit a long accurate drive and found the green with her second shot. With Marcella missing the green with her approach shot Tabitha had the luxury of two putts to secure her first Championship victory.
Geraldine Fleming (St Ives) won the County Plate, a competition for the second group of qualifiers. In the quarter-finals Steff Allan (St Ives) had a walk-over, Lucy Mills-Cripps (Ramsey) defeated Greta Barclay (Ely City) on the 19th hole, Geraldine Fleming had a 3 & 1 victory over Moira Munro (Lakeside Lodge) and Dubie Brain (Gogs) won 2 up against May Burn (Brampton Park).
In the semi-finals Lucy Mills-Cripps defeated Steff Allan finishing 1 up and Geraldine Fleming defeated Dubie Brain 2 up.
In the final, after losing the first hole, Geraldine produced some solid golf to take five of the next six holes to go five up. However Lucy managed to win both the 9th and 10th holes to reduce the arrears to 3 down. The 11th hole went to Geraldine, the 12th was halved and Lucy won the 13th. Geraldine held her nerve to halve the next three holes to complete a well earned 3 and 2 victory.
Tabitha completed a hat trick of trophies by also winning the Allen Newport Trophy for the best scratch total in qualifying (145) and the Scratch Bowl awarded for the best gross score at Division 1 meeting and the County Championship (76, 71 and 74 for a total 221).
Photo shows a triumphant Tabitha with her three trophies.