Farrington Park Ladies remember much loved member
Betty Beadle was a much loved and popular member of the Farrington Park Ladies section. Some people have the gift of enhancing the lives of those with whom they come into contact and Betty was one of these.
Well known for her impish sense of humour, once she turned up to play golf wearing a crash helmet after narrowly missing being hit by a golf ball by one of her regular playing partners the previous week. She was also superb at putting and a fine cake maker. Anyone playing with Betty knew that a few pieces of her delicious cakes would be offered by her at the Halfway Hut. Betty loved a game of Greensomes and in her memory, her family instigated the Betty Beadle Bake competition.
This year, twenty-one pairs entered on a fine sunny day. Scores were very high; eleven teams scored thirty six points or more and those who reached forty points must have thought they had a chance of winning the trophy. Despite the high scores, only three two-spot birdies were scored, all at the par 3 tenth hole by Jenny Ahlberg and Lena Warren, Lo Dallocco and Lin Papadopoullos, Fiona Hassard and Sue Skyrme. Third place went to Denise Baker and Issey Panton with forty one points. The long hitting duo of Jacqui Gregory and Jackie Willcox had eight pars in their round and scored forty three points to take second place. The winners scored very highly especially on the front 9 and steadily on the back 9 to achieve a fine score of forty six points, meaning the coveted Betty Beadle Bake Trophy is now in the hands of Margaret Seery and Jenny Howarth.
The Thursday of the Platinum Jubilee weekend was a day of warm, sunny weather with a light wind and the field of thirty-seven ladies took advantage of the fine playing conditions for their Qualifying Stableford competition. Margaret Seery scored her umpteenth two-spot birdie of this season at the par 3 fifth hole and June Symonds scored her two-spot birdie at the tricky par 3 tenth.
In Division One, there was a welcome return to form for Carol King, whose round included a birdie at the long par 4 sixteenth hole, to take first place with thirty eight points, beating the in-form Wendy Butt on countback. Jackie Walker had eight pars in her round and secured third place with thirty seven points. The scoring in Division Two and Three was almost breath-taking and some of the players found they had earned big handicap reductions when they checked the IG scoring system on the following morning.
Jackie Willcox and Kay Clarke have been playing well all season and they finished with forty two and forty three points respectively, but the winner of Division Two was Sue Skyrme.
Her round included a birdie at the long par 5 eleventh and five pars for a fine score of forty six points.
Scoring in Division Three was good but looked more modest, Lesley Stone scored thirty seven points to take second place and Issey Panton continued her good form beating Sue Barnes on countback to secure third place with 36 points. However, the round of the day came from the Division Three winner, Kath Cox, who scored an amazing forty seven points to trump not only Division Three but the rest of the field too.
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