Victory for northern county represents their 12th in history of the tournament
YORKSHIRE is England’s champion women’s county once again. After an absence of two years, its leading ladies made a triumphant return to the county finals, beating Lincolnshire 5-4 in a dramatic title showdown.
In the day’s other matches, Herts beat Gloucestershire 6½-2½ to finish third overall and Kent claimed a first win of the week, defeating Warwickshire 5½-3½ and finishing in fifth place.
Yorkshire’s win is their 12th in the championship and their first since 2008.
“I am over the moon with my fantastic team,” said Yorkshire captain Carole Waights, after a tense afternoon of close singles.
“Lincolnshire played beautifully this afternoon. They were going straight for the pins and they gave me a fright!”
Yorkshire had raced in the morning, winning all three foursomes. However, Lincolnshire charged out in the afternoon singles, with Helen Hewlett and Emilee Taylor both playing some excellent golf to beat Emma Brown and Becca Wood respectively in the top two singles.
Behind them, their battling colleagues were edging ahead - but in the end Yorkshire grit won through and they secured the two points they needed.
Charlotte Austwick won the 16th to get back to all-square and then, in characteristic Yorkshire fashion that week, finished strongly by winning the 18th.
Behind Charlotte, Holly Morgan came to the 17th tee one up-and, with a solid par, won the hole and clinched the title for Yorkshire. It was the signal for cheers and whoops of delight, which echoed around the course.
In the second match, Hertfordshire were on winning form all day, taking
two-and-a-half points in the foursomes and four in the singles. Their winners included 13-year-old Hannah Screen who played extremely well on her debut appearance and won 4&2 in the singles. Their performance put them in third place and their captain, Cathy Shand, said: “We are so chuffed. The team have played their socks off for us this week and they are an absolute credit to Hertfordshire.”
In the final match, Kent overcame Warwickshire to win their first point of the week. In the foursomes, the two teams shared the points with one half and one big win apiece - Kent’s top pair were an estimated eight-under when they won 6&5 and Warwickshire’s second pair also won on the 13th. Kent, though, pushed ahead in the singles, winning three matches and halving two.
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