[K]endal Golf Club Ladies have got their Centenary season off to a flying start, securing numerous prestigious team and individual titles around the county in just four weeks. Team event successes include the Olive Coultart Trophy, the Westmorland and North Lancs Shield and the One Day Team Trophy, while individual titles include Bronze County Champion and Bronze Vets Champion.
The Olive Coultart Trophy, awarded to the team of four golfers returning the best cumulative score in a match play format, was won by Nancy Stock (Lady Captain at Kendal Golf Club), Sheena Leack, Pauline Last and Pauline Sill on May 9th. Pauline Sill went on to win the County Bronze Championship, while fellow Kendal player Jen Garnett took the title of County Bronze Vet.
Kendal Golf Club’s Lady Captain, Nancy Stock commented: “The Bronze County Championship is held annually and is keenly anticipated by golfers with handicaps of 21 or over – we thoroughly enjoyed the day at Carus Green and were thrilled to come away with team and individual titles. Pauline is following in the footsteps of Maria Baker who won last year – it’s always good to retain a title within the Club and we’re hoping to inspire more ladies to join our thriving club and participate in competitive golf.”
The ladies went on to win the Westmorland and North Lancs Shield for the third consecutive year on May 24th. The prestigious tournament was held at Ulverston Golf Club and seven Kendal players competed against 14 other teams from around Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire. The best five scores counted and secured the Shield, while 13 year old Caitlin Whitehead won the individual accolades of best gross with a 2 under par (72 gross) and best nett score of the day (71 nett).
And last week, on June 9th, the team also secured the One-Day Team Trophy for the third year in a row, winning by an impressive margin of 36 shots. Hosted at Kendal Golf Club, the event saw 120 ladies from 23 golf clubs around the county competing against each other in a stroke play format with the four best scores from each team of five counting. Caitlin Whitehead equalled her own course record, which she set last season, shooting 66, while Kim Colloby shot 71, and Sharon Walker-Clements and Rosie Waller each shot rounds of 77.
Nancy added: “I was very proud to host the day and to welcome so many ladies representing so many clubs from around the county to Kendal. We enjoyed great weather and playing conditions and a challenging but enjoyable course. A team win is always such a good feeling, but on home turf it is even better! We’re really looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Ben Waller, PGA Professional concluded: “The Ladies section has an amazing record and we’re really proud to be represented at all levels by players who enjoy the game and excel in both individual and team competitions. We have ladies playing off handicaps from scratch upwards and from 8 years to 80 years. It’s great to see the more experienced players sharing their knowledge of the game and their pleasure in playing – I think that’s a very positive way for a golf club to operate.”