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Barnham Broom Golf Club’s Ladies have season to remember

PUBLISHED: 15:34 16 November 2017

Barnham Broom's successful first team face the camera. Back row (left to right), Ellie Brown, Alex Cowie, Linda Asker, Sheena Perry, Tara Davis, Jessica Warner. Front, Vicki Warner, Vanessa Mann, Jo Ashmore, Teresa Tarrant and Jane Johnson. Picture: Barnham Broom GC

Barnham Broom's successful first team face the camera. Back row (left to right), Ellie Brown, Alex Cowie, Linda Asker, Sheena Perry, Tara Davis, Jessica Warner. Front, Vicki Warner, Vanessa Mann, Jo Ashmore, Teresa Tarrant and Jane Johnson. Picture: Barnham Broom GC

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It has been a year to remember for the ladies of Barnham Broom Golf Club.

The 40th anniversary of their section was marked in the perfect way as both Norfolk LCGA Inter-club League teams won divisional titles in emphatic style.

Jo Ashmore’s first team finished five points clear in the top flight, with Royal Norwich their closest challengers, after winning five, drawing two and losing just one of their fixtures.

And the success was mirrored at a lower level, with the second team recording an even more clear-cut success in Division Five. They won seven of their eight matches and ended up no fewer than 17 points ahead of second-placed King’s Lynn II to make it back-to-back promotions.

With Ashmore once again winning the Norfolk Seniors title and youngster Ellie Brown doing the club proud at county level – and further afield – there has been plenty of success to reflect on, and the ladies’ section recently held a celebratory lunch to mark the achievements.

“We haven’t got the biggest of ladies’ sections so to have a season like this really is some achievement,” said captain Liz Whales, a member of the club’s all-conquering second team.

“It was always going to be a big year for us with it being our 40th anniversary but this has made it extra special. First and foremost we all go out there to enjoy our golf – that is always the most important thing – but obviously we are competitive as well and it’s always nice to win!”

Liz’s term as captain will draw to a close on November 25 when she hands over the reins to Wendy Johnson.

“It certainly kept me busy,” she said. “But I have really enjoyed it and it has given me lots a special memories.”

The successes followed a sad day for the club earlier in the year, with the passing of Tania Aikens, a key figure in the Ladies’ section, who twice held the position of captain.

First team: Ellie Brown, Alex Cowie, Linda Asker, Sheena Perry, Tara Davis, Jessica Warner, Vicki Warner, Vanessa Mann, Jo Ashmore, Teresa Tarrant, Jane Johnson. Second team: Chris Head, June Meadows, Lottie Fowler, Liz Whales, Jill Devlin, Chris Fernihough, Wendy Johnson, Julie Banks and Kay Allen.

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