Last Sunday, 1 September 2019 at Filton Golf Club, Bristol, Sarah Gee (West Wilts) scooped the title of South West Ladies Champion in some style. Finishing on a score of -8 for the 36 holes, she ran away with the trophy by some 11 shots from the second placed player, Harriet Teversham (Yeovil).
Said Sarah about her win and her outstanding afternoon round:-
“My morning round of level par was really up and down with 4 birdies, an eagle and 6 bogies so I knew there was a score in there. My afternoon round started Par, Bogey and then it all took off from there. I felt I just couldn't miss the hole and for the back 9 I was -6 with only 13 putts. I’m absolutely delighted with the 65 being a new course record”.
Wiltshire was excellently represented at the event with no less than 11 County ladies or junior players taking part. Laura Curtis (Cumberwell Park) showed she’s come right back into form by winning the U16s category and 7th overall with a score of 152 and +6 for the day. Olivia Bannon (Broome Manor) finished 13th on a total of 156 as did Broome colleague, Sofia Corredor Escalante, who led the field after the first round with a level par 73 - an outstanding effort from someone yet to have their 15th birthday!! Jess Hays (Cumberwell) was just one shot further back on 157.
As Sarah said, "It was great to look around and see so many Wiltshire girls playing in this event -things are on the up in the County".
So, what’s next for the South West Champion?
“I’m heading off to Woodhall Spa this weekend to represent Wiltshire in the ‘Champion of Champions’ event and I’ve gained a lot of confidence in my game this year so I’m hoping to do well. After that, its preparing for the Ladies European Tour (LET) Q School.
It has always been my ambition to become a professional player. I came back from Tarleton University in the US in 2018 with the focus of upping my game and this year I’m so much better equipped (she finished 3rd in Stage 1 qualification and took part in FINAL qualification series). I understand how Qualification works, the ‘feel’ around a professional event and what its like to play with players at this level. I know how to prepare for the event and my successes this year (Joint winner of the Critchley salver 36 hole scratch at Sunningdale, South West Championships), has helped me learn and believe I can ‘go low’ and compete. I’ll just have to get my head down, work hard to earn the money to enable me to enter, travel and play in it and practice / prepare well. It will be hard but I’m really looking forward to it all”.
We wish Sarah every success in her quest this November/ December. Watch this space!