05 Mar 19
Katie Rule and Sarah Smith defied the wind and the cold at Copt Heath with some red hot golf to win the first event of the WPGA season, the Vivian Saunders Fourball Award.
The pair posted a bogey-free six-under-par better ball score of 67 to finish a shot clear of Sian James and Jamie Casling to claim the £300 first prize.
That narrow margin could be attributed to Smith’s negotiation of the 456-yard par five seventh hole at the course on the cusp of Solihull, West Midlands.
Described on the club website as ‘the best birdie chance to date’ Smith (right) went one better with an eagle.
Earlier, the pro from Saffron Walden Golf Club had served notice of things to come with a birdie, birdie start.
Rule (right), who takes over as head PGA Professional and director of golf at Tavistock Golf Club next week, birdied the par three 12th and her partner followed suit at the 15th.
Meanwhile, James, who represents the Wentworth Club, and Cotswold Hills Golf Club’s Casling signed off in style with a birdie, birdie finish. However, they were left to rue a bogey at the par three third in an otherwise flawless round.
Ormskirk Golf Club’s Ali Gray and Catherine Panton-Lewis of The Berkshire also completed their round with a birdie to finish third on three-under, a shot clear of Eugenie Knight (St Austell Golf Club) and Harriet Matthews (Frilford Heath).
*The first event in this year’s WPGA One Day Series takes place at Little Aston on April 29.
Full scores can be accessed at: https://pgagbi.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/pgagbi19/event/pgagbi19814/contest/1/leaderboard.htm
And a selection of images can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thepga/albums/72157707352745524