Norfolk Ladies ready for big challenge at Royal North Devon
PUBLISHED: 09:44 25 June 2018
Norfolk captain Sammy Martin was bursting with pride after watching her team reach the English Women's County Finals.
And following the regional triumph at Woodbridge she immediately set her sights on a new target - national success at the oldest golf club in England.
Norfolk will be heading off to the famous links at Royal North Devon in September after an impressive week down in Suffolk which saw them seal victory with a 6-3 success over Cambs and Hunts after also beating Bedfordshire and Essex, drawing with Hertfordshire and suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of the hosts.
The challenge now is to take on the top counties from across England at the famous Westward Ho course, which was established way back in 1864, and Martin knows her team will be up for it.
“We are going to be up against some of the best players in the country but I have got every confidence in my team and we will be going down there looking to win it,” she said.
“I had a taste of it when we reached the national finals in 2016 at Waterlooville when I was vice-captain to Tracey Williamson and we gave an excellent account of ourselves to finish third.
“Now we have got a chance to better that - and I can’t wait!”
With nearly three months to prepare for the week-long competition, which runs from September 17-21, Martin will leave no stone unturned to ensure Norfolk are as well prepared as possible for the challenge.
“It is not a course I know but some time over the summer I will be going down there to take a close look, and hopefully play the course,” she said. “I think the girls deserve a bit of a break now but I will also be getting them together at some stage to play some golf and have a talk about what is in store.
“I can’t praise them enough for the way they played at Woodbridge. It was a great team effort, with everyone playing their part, and I would also like to thank everyone who came down to lend us their support. It was very much appreciated and certainly helped us. I would also like to thank Carol Delf, Vanessa Mann, Sue Heeles and Heather Keeble and everyone at the NLCGA, who also played a big part.”
The Norfolk team was Jasmine Campbell, Chloe Gibbs, Jo Herd, Imogen Leeder, Megan Mann, Tiffany Mills, Chloe Rowswell, Amy Taylor and Amelia Williamson.