Sunday, April 18, 2010

Ann and Alex Peters, winners of the Mothers & Daughters foursomes for a third year in a row (images by courtesy of Sally Phipps Hornby, a member of Royal Mid Surrey GC).


Sixteen-year-old, Alexander Peters and her mother Ann from Notts Ladies were in unbeatable form as they claimed their third successive victory in the Mothers and Daughters 27-hole scratch foursomes at Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club on SaturdaY.
Alex, the Daily Telegraph Junior Champion, who plays off plus-two, played immaculately with her five-handicap mother, to score a virtually flawless level par 71 in their morning round. The only blot on their card, a double bogey 6 on the long par 4, 14th hole was completely hidden by their three birdies on the back nine on the 11th, 13th and 16th.
The Peters, who have played in the event for the last six years, were delighted with their lowest 18-hole score, which gave them a six-shot lead ahead of their playing partners Sue and Hayley Todd from Royal Ashdown Forest, who carded a creditable round of 77, and Elizabeth and Flora McPhail from Frilford Heath who also scored six-over-par in the morning.
Alex’s mother, Ann Peters, admitted that nerves got the better of her in the afternoon, and blamed herself for the pair squandering a few shots to finish with a disappointing six-over-par, 41, over the remaining nine holes .
Nevertheless, their magnificent morning round had given the holders an unassailable lead which the other contenders were unable to catch.
Jennifer Fallows and Kathryn McGawley from Manchester played the best golf of the afternoon with a two-over-par 37, to finish in second place, a position they have had to settle for on several occasions before!
With many young golfers competing this year, it was the very youngest, Martha Lewis, aged only ten, who outplayed the large field of 64 couples with her mother Evelyn to score a brilliant 123 gross, net 99, to win the 27-hole handicap prize. It was an outstanding, nerveless, performance by the minute Martha, a 23-handicapper, who said the highlight of their round was a 2 on the par-3 sixth, followed by another birdie on the par-5 seventh hole!
Alex Peters was also ten when she first played in the Mothers and Daughters and to have won a hat-trick of titles by the age of 16 is a remarkable feat that has never been achieved before. Ann Peters praised her daughter’s golf, admitting in her winner’s speech, that she was very lucky to have such a brilliant partner.
“Any mother playing with Alex would win!” said Mrs Peters modestly.
27 holes foursomes
Par 71 (18 holes) and 35 (nine holes): 106
112 Ann Peters (Notts Ladies) & Alexandra Peters (Notts Ladies) 71 & 41.
116 Jennifer Fallows (Manchester) & Kathryn McGawley (Manchester) 79 & 37.
117 Elizabeth McPhail (Frilford Heath) & Flora McPhail (Frilford Heath) 77 & 40; Christine Griffith (Walton Heath) & Charlotte Griffith (Walton Heath) 79 & 38.
118 Sue Todd (Royal Ashdown Forest) & Hayley Todd (Royal Ashdown Forest) 77 & 41.
121 Bea Cummins (Parkstone) & Carly Cummins (Parkstone) 79 & 42; Gillian Atwood (Gog Magog) & Sarah Atwood (Gog Magog) 78 & 43.
122 Sue Stradling (Worplesdon) & Annie Stradling (Worplesdon) 82 & 40; Wendy Laud (Thurlestone) & Katie Fewster (Worplesdon) 83 & 39.
123 Evelyn Lewis (St George's Hill) & Martha Lewis (St George's Hill) 83 & 40; Pat Huntley (Frilford Heath) & Sarah Webb (Frilford Heath) 82 & 41.
124 Judy Kendall (Wentworth) & Vicky MacDonald (Worplesdon) 83 & 41; Linda Sneath (Puttenham) & Hannah Sneath (Puttenham) 83 & 41; Vi Dolton (Basingstoke) & Diana Holt (Basingstoke) 84 & 40; Jill Thornhill (Walton Heath) & Caroline Weeks (Walton Heath) 83 & 41;
Elaine Barrow (Brockenhurst Manor) & Laura Barrow (Brockenhurst Manor) 85 & 39.
125 Barbara Round (Tadmarton Heath) & Sam Round (Cotswold Hills) 81 & 44; Elsie Provan (East Herts) & Sarah Saggers (East Herts) 86 & 39.
126 Jenny Hamilton (Dartford) & Nicole Hamilton (Dartford) 84 & 42; Alison Taylor (Walton Heath) & Katie Taylor (Walton Heath) 81 & 45; Sue Heeles (Royal Norwich) & Rebecca Heeles (Royal Norwich) 85 & 41.

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