Wensum Valley pair enjoy their trip to the St Andrews, the home of golf

PUBLISHED: 09:48 29 September 2017

Sara Bland and Jacky Parker from Wensum Valley Golf Club pose for a picture at the home of golf. Picture: Submitted

Sara Bland and Jacky Parker from Wensum Valley Golf Club pose for a picture at the home of golf. Picture: Submitted


A dream came true for two Norfolk golfers when they played a competitive round at St Andrews.

Sara Bland and Jacky Parker from Wensum Valley won the county and regional heats of the Coronation Foursomes to reach the grand final at the home of golf.

As well as playing St Andrews’ Eden Course, the pair also had a two-night stay at the Old Course Hotel, with a presentation dinner after the competition.

It was unfortunate that Jacky aggravated an old injury in her shoulder while having a pre-match warm-up and this considerably restricted her swing and affected her ability to strike the ball effectively. Despite this she managed to play the 18 holes and the pair finished 15th out of 16 in the competiton with 26 points.

The handicaps of the competitors ranged from scratch to 28, proof that this is a competition that any club member can enter and aspire to reach St Andrews.

At the presentation evening the 32 competitors were addressed by Bridget Jackson, who was made an honorary member of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club earlier this year.

Bridget played in the Curtis Cup for Great Britain and Ireland on three occasions and has served as chair and president of the ELGA and president of the LGU. She was made a MBE in 2003 for her services to women’s golf and at 81 is still a reglar player.

Sara said: “Although Jacky and I did not do as well as we hoped we were very pleased to have brought in the runners-up. The whole experience was wonderful and we would love to do it again.”

Meanwhile the competition for the NLCGA Greenie Roberts Salver and the Brister Salver was held at Sheringham and 52 women took part.

The winner of the County Medal and the Brister Salver was Ann Fletcher of Ryston Park with a net 71. The winner, on countback, of the Scratch Salver was Amelia Williamson of Royal Cromer with a gross 74.

Ladies in League Against Cancer (LILAC) held their fourth annual charity day at Royal Norwich in aid of the Big C with 80 players competing in a team stableford competition. The Supremes team of Chris Fox, Margaret Defoe, Nicky Wylie and Sally Youll won with 96 points, one ahead of runners-up Stable Girls (June Deans, Jane Gurney-Read, Sue Hoskins and Christina Mitchell).

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