Hampshire became the new English Women’s County champions as torrential rain washed-out the singles at Belton Park Golf Club in Lincolnshire.
The last day of the event was reduced to the morning foursomes, which Hampshire won 3-0, giving them a perfect score of five points from the week’s five matches.
Their final day match was against Buckinghamshire and Kerry Smith and Emma Allen delivered the first point, 5&3. Chris Quinn and Charlotte Barrow followed up with a 3&2 victory over their own, and Georgie Mundy and Sarah Bradshaw secured the win on the final green.
This was Hampshire’s first appearance at the finals for seven years and was the first time they have won the trophy since 1995.
“We are over the moon,” said county captain Mags Clark. “At the start, we were simply thrilled to be here and, day after day, my team has got more and more solid. They are a terrific team and they have worked hard for Hampshire throughout the week.”
The side was a classic mix of youth and experience and included three juniors and two players who have now been in four winning teams.
Senior international Chris Quinn and former English champion Kerry Smith have now helped Hampshire to take the honours in 2014, 1995, 1993 and 1992. For Chris, the win was extra special, with this being her 40th anniversary of playing county golf.
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