Congratulations to Maisie Whittall on winning the wins the Ladies Worcestershire & Herefordshire County Championships, aged just 13!
Stourbridge Golf Club hosted this year’s Ladies County Championships, taking place from 28th April – 2nd May.
Day 1 was 36 holes Strokeplay. With the course playing firm, scoring was challenging for all of the players, Gaudet Luce’s Maisie Whittall shot 80 and 76 to win the Jessica Smith Trophy with a net 36 hole score of 148. Maisie also shot the joint lowest 36 hole Gross score (runner-up on countback), with the ladies strokeplay positions setting out the draw for the following knockout Matchplay stages.
The knockout stages are played in Scratch Matchplay format over 18 holes, with matches in the morning and afternoon. With rain overnight softening the greens slightly, this made the course more scorable and some fantastic golf was played throughout the field. In the quarter final Maisie played against fellow Gaudet Luce member, Kerry Hobbs. Maisie was up quickly in the match and steadily built a strong lead, Kerry made a good fightback through the back 9 but couldn’t undo the lead Maisie had built up, and the match finished on the 17th hole where par from Maisie was enough to win the match 3/1.
In the Semi Final Maisie played Lesley Fox, the County Ladies Captain and the pair fought a tough match. Maisie lost the first hole, but quickly pulled this back to be leading by the 3rd hole. From there Maisie remained ahead throughout the match but never leading by more than 2 holes, with the pair continually trading holes. Maisie was Dormie 2, but Lesley squared the match on the 18th and the pair went to a playoff back down the first hole. A par on the 1st extra hole was enough to give Maisie the win.
With only 20 minutes rest after the Semi Final finished, Maisie was straight back out for the Final vs Yen Pham from Moseley Golf Club. Maisie saved some of her best golf for the Final and put on a relentless performance that remained unwavering from any distraction. Maisie took the lead early in the match, and steadily continued to build, taking a 2up lead at the turn. On the back 9 Maisie continued to pile on the pressure and took a “dormie 4” shot lead into the 15th hole. Maisie reached the right-side of the par 5 fringe of the green in 2, chipped on and sank her birdie putt to win the match 5/3 and be crowned champion!
Well done Maisie…we’re looking forward to watching your progress for many years to come!