Spaldings Winning Journey

Last January when the sheet for members to sign up expressing an interest to play in the competition I was not even thinking on September 24th, Europe would retain the Solheim Cup and Spalding Ladies would win the Ian Burtoft Trophy.

We started our quest way back in March with home and away matches against Waltham Windmill. The result of 9/5 to Spalding put us in the next round.

31st May we were off to play Sherwood Forest. As we set off that day I just thought this is going to be a tall order for the team. But it would be a pleasure to go and play a superb course. But the wins started coming in, winning the first five matches, all square on the 6th match and sadly loosing the 7th match, we won magnificently continuing our battle in the Taskers competition.

On the 15th July we hosted Matlock, a great bunch of ladies. The guests arrived, and it rained and blew, it rained and it rained and it thundered and it lightened. We had to continue play as the deadline was the next day.

And it rained. Spalding came out the victors winning 5.5/1.5. 

We were through to the quarter finals and were fortunate to have another home draw, this time against Mickleover. Some very tight matches with 2 going to 18 but Spalding dug their heels in and a 4/3 win got us through to the semi finals. 

10th September we were off to play in the semi finals, playing at Lingdale golf course against Ingestre. The weather over the last few days had been 30 degrees and very humid, thunderstorms were predicted. Luckily we received light rain which for the players was a blessing to help cool things down. We lost the first two matches, things were not looking good, we then won the next 3 matches, we lost the next making it 3 all. It was all down to the  the wire and down to which player could stick the ball near the pin on a par 3 on the 18th. Helena put her iron shot next to the pin, putting for a birdie. The opposition did not make the green. What an amazing hole and Spalding came out the victors. We were through to the finals!

So September 24th finals day, our team were off to Beeston Fields in  Nottingham. I sadly was not able to be there as I had tickets for the Solheim Cup. But I had spies on the course feeding back information. Our first three matches put us 3 up, it was looking impressive, then I heard we had 3 losses. One still playing, but 4 up on 14, hooray Spalding had won the final.

Thankyou to all who signed the sheet months ago wanting to play in the competition, and to all the girls who agreed to caddy, also not forgetting our great team of supporters who are always there. Plus all the great wishes we received on the way, It has been a great team spirit.

We must remember what this competition is all about – It was set up to raise money for junior golf.

Captain Claire

Claire Rylott - Spalding

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