Junior & Intermediate Championship and Douglas Cup

Emma Allen rounds off an excellent week with a win at the inaugural Intermediate Championship, Gemma Burgess retains her Junior Championship title and Junior Captain, Izzy Lawson secures silver ware as our nett winner. Meanwhile, Connie Evans wins at her first Hampshire event, the Douglas Cup.

What a day we had at Bramshaw Golf Club for the 2020 Junior and Intermediate Championships on Friday 21st August. Originally due to take place in July, this year’s championships had to be postponed due to COVID-19 but Bramshaw GC were extremely accommodating, allowing 12 junior girls and 4 intermediates to play their respective 36-hole stroke play competitions and a further 3 junior girls to compete in an 18-hole stableford.

Conditions were challenging from the outset, with high winds and showers persisting throughout the morning round.

Our intermediate ladies led the way in the inaugural Championship for the 18-30 age category. The date change of this competition from a weekend to a work day did unfortunately reduce the field. However, our hope is that this competition, which offers Hampshire’s junior alumni an opportunity to take to the fairways and continue to compete with their peers, will go from strength to strength in the coming years.

After the intermediate two balls got underway, our Junior Championship competitors were welcomed on the tee by Bramshaw’s Lady Captain Jacqueline Griffin for their first round. As the round progressed, the girls’ rain jackets came to good use and it was lovely to see the girls looking so smart and wearing them with such pride. I must say I was grateful for the hood a number of times as I stood to watch the girls come through the turn.

Just as the first groups were ending their initial round our Douglas Cup competitors were making good use of the practise facilities to warm up before getting underway.

The rain held off for most of the afternoon round but the swirling winds made second round just as challenging as the first. However, it was clear from the smiles on the girls’ faces that despite the challenging conditions it was a joy to be back out competing after months of lockdown.