Unfortunately owing to a clash of dates with various Opens and the County 4 ball competition we were unable to field a complete team as our original team lost 3 ladies to illness or accident and therefore we were unable to call on reserves who had already committed to other competitions. However, the team went out with a great spirit of determination and as it was a better ball match, 3 of our ladies singularly took on two of the Lincolnshire ladies.
Gina Evans (Overstone) played Jackie Rayhill and Jane Keay and managed to be only 2 down on the front nine, but after some good putting she was able to pull one back. However, she then struggled up the 14 and 15 and although put a huge putt in on the 16th, ended losing 3 and 2.
Nita Pryor (Kingsthorpe) was less fortunate and played against Dawn Betteridge and Di Humphries who worked well together and put in lots of long putts to finish well up on Nita.
Shirley Martin (Kingsthorpe) was the other player who took on two opponents and put up a good fight to lose on the 14th, 5 and 4.
Chris Gore (Overstone) and Rosemary Barry (Daventry) played Pat Pearson and Sheila Dugmore and played some exciting golf which ended with a win for Northamptonshire 5 and 3. Chris was particularly pleased having parred the long 7th hole, stroke index 1, which had always got the better of her when playing Cold Ashby in the past.
Bobbie Austin (Northants County) and Irene Rhodes (Northampton) played a hard fought match which went to the last hole in a nail biting finish, and ended in a halved match.
Mary Gallagher (Farthingstone)and Yvonne Mitchell (Kettering) were a very good pairing and kept their game alive until the 17th hole where their opponents, both with handicaps of 17, managed to win 3 and 1.
Jane Ross (Elton Furze) had been caught up in the accident on the A14 and arrived just in time. Jane and Averil Sutcliffe (Overstone) again played a very tight match and came down the 18th hole needing to win but with their opponents playing off handicaps of 17 and 18 it was not to be, and they finished 2 down.
Similarly our final pairing of Karen Fitzpatrick (Nene Park), who had also been held up on the motorway, and Glenys Emery (Northampton) played a very close game but the opposition closed out the game on the 16th.