National Ladies Championship Fantastic Success at Ipswich Golf Club
Ipswich Golf Club hosted the English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship during August. Over 130 of the top amateur women golfers from around the world competed in the event over three-days. The competitors played 18 holes on each of the first two days with the top 40 scores and ties playing 36 holes on the final day.
Hertfordshire’s Rebecca Earl survived a late scare to claim the first international title of her career.
The 19-year-old from Bishops Stortford bogeyed the last for a one over par 73 and then faced an anxious wait to see if Whitley Bay’s Rosie Belsham could catch her but in the end her two-under par total of 286 proved to be enough to give her a one-shot victory over Belsham, Stoke by Nayland’s Lily May Humphreys, Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam and Sharna Dutrieux from Wrotham Heath. On winning the tournament Earl said “I am shocked to win”
Kevin Lovelock, Director of Golf at Ipswich Golf Club, said ”This was a fantastic honour for our Club and a great opportunity for us to promote women in sport, especially golf” He continued “The Club have made a major investment to improve the course and have recently finished our clubhouse refurbishment. The Course was immaculately presented and enjoyed by all that played”
Scott Allison, England Golf Championship Manager said “Your team showed that we had a seamless four days at the Club nothing was a problem, and feedback from those that played was very positive. Please pass on our thanks to Graham (Courses manager) and his team. Almost every single player commented on the presentation, the attention to detail and the putting surfaces on the club.”
Champion, Rebecca Earl said on her twitter feed “Thanks to England Golf for a great tournament and everyone at Purdis Heath and IGC Greenkeepers for their hospitality and keeping the course in such great condition all week.”