It was a great pleasure to welcome Janet, the President of Leicester and Rutland Vets. Association to the match at Overstone Park and along with the Captain, Barbara I was able to walk round and watch the ladies play their matches on a beautiful sunny day something rare during the month of June.
The Northamptonshire team consisted of ladies with handicaps of 25 to 36 and our own President, Margaret Redman was among them. It was a pleasure to watch the two teams play in a friendly but competitive spirit and watching the concentration from both teams when on the greens was a testament to the importance each member gave to playing for their County.
First out were Viv Jones and Norma Blake both from Northampton who beat Pam Webb(Kilworth Springs) and Chris Brown (Ullesthorpe) 3 and 2.
The next match was very exciting with Bryony Travill (Brampton Heath) and Jenny Walters (Elton Furze) managing to finish all square on the 18th.
The next two matches were very close with Marion Peel (Northants County) and Andrea Whitman ( Kettering) losing 3 and 2 and Margaret Redman (Northampton) and Dawn Mallard-Parker ( Northants County) losing 3 and 1.
Jane Goode from Park Hill G.C. in Leicestershire had never played Overstone Park before and had only just started playing golf for her team, she had a handicap of 36 and managed to score 25 points on the front nine which obviously came to light when the team she played against lost 6 and 4. Gill Leppard (Daventry) and Fiona Cooke (Brampton Heath) reported how well she had played and congratulated her on a magnificent performance.
The next two matches proved more favourable to Northamptonshire with Mary Ganley (Delapre) and Di Drew (Farthingstone) winning 2 up and Margaret Worthington (Northampton) and Linda Johnson (Daventry) winning 2 and 1.
This meant the team scores were 3 1/2 to 3 1/2 making the last game in of importance to both sides. It was an exciting way to watch the players come up the 18th with no idea how the match stood, it looked very tense as we watched each player make their final putts and when they all shook hands and smiled at us we realised they had halved which meant the fixture had ended all square.