LANCASHIRE golfers Rita Towler and Dot Scholes made a fairytale debut in the England Golf Ping Fourball Betterball Tournament when they became 2012 champions at the Grand Final at Gainsborough.
This is the first year their club, Harwood, has entered the tournament - and by chance, it was Dot who suggested they take part. “I’m the competition secretary and when I saw the flyer I told the committee I thought we should enter,” she said.
Their journey to the title ended today when they scored 41 points in cold and windy conditions on the challenging Karsten Lakes
course. They had come through an initial entry of around 15,500 women from over 750 clubs who entered this year’s competition.
The top 60 pairs contested the Grand Final while the next 72 qualified for the previous day’s Plate Final.
“We are stunned, shell-shocked, amazed, anything we say is an understatement,” said Dot, who plays off 12. Rita, an eight-handicapper, remarked: “It’s very special, overwhelming.”
They won by two points from Lisa Davies and Karen Griffiths of Leek, Staffordshire. The other prizewinners were: Pat Hales and Jane Betts of Edgbaston, Warwickshire; Kirstine Mayall and Stacey Buckley of Foxhills, Surrey; Jane Baldwin and Carol Smith of Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire; and Denise Page and Sarah Dawson of Willow Valley, Yorkshire.
In addition to the prizes for the top six pairs, all competitors received a PING golf bag, a pair of ECCO shoes and a PING Collection voucher.