Wrag are up to Scratch
WRAG Barn triumphed in the County Scratch Knockout which was held at Bowood as part of Wiltshire Ladies County Golf Association finals day.
Having beaten High Post in the quarter-finals and Cumberwell Park in the semis, Wrag Barn faced Chippenham for the title.
Under the captaincy of Maxine Bowden, Wrag Barn won 3.5-1.5 against a team that featured former club player Angie Bell.
It was a good performance from Wrag Barn with particular credit going to Gill Loughrey, Katie Warren, Roxanne Roberts and Bowden.
All matches finished on the 13th with the victorious side winning one and losing one, the half coming courtesy of the match between Roxanne Roberts and Ali Grandison.
In the County Foursomes Knockout held previously, Wrag Barn enjoyed further success as Bowden and Gill Lewington beat North Wilts pair Anne Morgan and Pat Nicholson four and three.
The match was nip and tuck early on as Bowden and Lewington went three up after three holes but were one down after eight.
However, Wrag Barn rallied from hitting a second shot into the water on the ninth to salvage a half and went on to win from there.
WRAG Barn juniors qualified for the Junior Team Golf English final by taking joint top spot in the rain affected south of England finals played in Hertfordshire.
Play at Essendon Golf Club was abandoned after six holes due to torrential rain but Wrag were one of three teams tied for the lead at the close which was enough for them to progress.
After a wet start the clouds eventually cleared for play to begin and the Wiltshire team got off to a solid start with all but one of their six man team securing par at the opening hole.
Jack Seaman, Wrag's lead player, birdied the second and then carded three straight pars before hitting his first bogey on five. One more bogey followed at hole seven for Seaman to get to the turn at one-over gross.
Wrag captain Kendle McCrossan hit bogey on the long par three third but followed up with two birdies at six and nine to get to the turn one-under gross.
Max Mulcock was third out for Wrag and hit six pars and three bogeys to be on his handicap after nine, but as rain began to fall again and rumbles of thunder were heard in the distance there were concerns over whether or not the round would be completed.
As play continued Max Drayton started with three pars but then found trouble on the fourth as the wet rough on the tough par five gripped hard on the club, and he walked off the green with a triple bogey.
Hole four proved the nemesis of Wrag's fifth player, Ross Loveridge, who after three pars found trouble off the tee. Again, the wet long grass proved almost impossible to get the club through and Ross took a couple of shots to get back to the fairway.
Lewis Ward was out last and had to be at his best to recover from an opening hole bogey with two pars and two birdies at three and five, but as the last group finished the sixth hole the storm siren sounded and the players left the course as play was abandoned.
Three teams, including Wrag Barn, all finished on 119 points, with only two qualifying places available before the start of play, but the organisers made an exception with the three teams’ sixth play all on 27 and all three teams to make it through.
The English final will be played in Derbyshire on November 3.
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