Price helps England win

First published in Sportsview

CLEOBURY Mortimer teenager Emily Price helped England Girls’ score a 7-2 win over Switzerland in their U-16 international at Heswall Golf Club in Cheshire.

The teams played in difficult conditions of blustery winds and some rain which, coupled with the fast greens, set a tough challenge.

But they coped well, particularly in the afternoon singles.

England coach Scott Godfrey commented: “For some of the girls this was the first time they’d played at this level and they enjoyed it, got on well as a team and produced a good result. It was a convincing win.”

The team led 2-1 after the morning foursomes, thanks to a turnaround in fortunes by Kent’s Mollie Lawrence and Amelia Williamson, of Norfolk.

They were four down with eight to play but won on the last to give England the advantage.

Natasha Slater went out first in the singles and kept the momentum going. The new Scottish U-14 champion from Cumbria, had a handful of birdies in the front nine and led by three at the turn, before winning 4&3.

English U-15 champion Price soon followed her in to the winner’s circle with a resounding 7&6 success, despite losing the first hole.

The Warwickshire player was under par for her match, producing an outstanding performance for the team.

Solid play brought wins for Amelia Williamson and Martha Lewis, of Surrey.

Meanwhile, Lancashire’s Louisa Brunt was trailing by one hole with four to play, but conjured up a strong finish, helped by a couple of birdies, to seal victory on the last.

l Meanwhile, Cleobury held their Presidents’ Day, with members turning out in force for Tom Straughton.

This unique event was played over all 27 holes making it a true test of golf endurance, with prizes for the best 27, 18 and nine-hole scores.

Duncan Trow and Adam Winnall both continued their fine form posting a nett 67 in the 18-hole competition.

However, they were both beaten by John Gaskell, who also had a 67, but a superior back count handed him first place.

It is a great result for Gaskell to bag a major trophy competition after a series of lessons with head professional Phil Moore.

Ian Dennis won the nine-hole trophy with a sublime putting display.

The day, however, belonged to one of the CMGC proteges, Jack Severn held his nerve over the 27 holes to shoot two under his handicap and win by two from his nearest competitor.

Jack has had a great year at CMGC and is a regular playing for Worcestershire.

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