Thursday, April 21, 2005

AYRSHIRE LADIES COUNTY GOLF ASSOCIATION - Hendry beats Watt to claim county title for the first time

Lesley Hendry (Largs Routenburn) claimed the Ayrshire Ladies County Championship title for the first time at Kilmarnock (Barassie) on Thursday afternoon, 21st April 2005, when she defeated top qualifier Debbie Watt (Belleisle Ladies) in an excellent final.

19 year old Hendry, a former schoolgirls internationalist, edged into the final after a semi final victory at the second extra hole against former champion, Catherine Malcolm (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) in the morning. Watt, playing in the championship for the first time, reached the final with a 4 & 3 win over host club member Margaret Rae.

The finalists produced some excellent golf in the afternoon. After going behind early in the match, Watt squared the game with an eagle 3 at the 360 yard fifth hole, but Hendry hit back, securing successive holes at the 7th, 8th and 9th to take a three hole lead at the turn.

Watt reduced the defecit at the 10th, but a bogey at the next hole allowed Hendry to restore her 3 hole advantage. A half in birdie 4's at the 12th hole maintained Hendry's lead, and a birdie at the 13th increased the lead to 4 holes, with five remaining.

Watt was unlucky to see her 20' birdie putt at the short 14th pull up on the lip of the hole, and the hole was halved, giving Hendry Dormie advantage.

At the long, 368 yard, par 4 15th, Watt pulled her approach short left of the green, whilst Hendry, after a magnificent drive, secured the centre of the green with her approach.

Watt chipped well, to 15', and although Hendry narrowly missed her birdie putt, Watt was unable to hole her putt for par, and conceded a 5 & 3 victory to her young opponent.

Despite defeat, Watt contributed well to an excellent final, with better ball figures of 5 under par when the match ended.

Thursday's results :-

Debbie Watt (Belleisle Ladies)
Margaret Rae (Kilmarnock Barassie)
4 & 3
Lesley Hendry (Largs Routenburn)
Catherine Malcolm (Prestwick St. Cuthbert)
at the 20th
Lesley Hendry
Debbie Watt
5 & 3

Trophies and prizes were presented at the conclusion of the championship by Barassie Ladies Captain Chris Auld, and Kilmarnock (Barassie) Golf Club Vice Captain, Colin Adam, who also refereed the final match.

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