Lottie Whyman is new Suffolk Ladies’ champion

Suffolk Ladies' champion, 19-year-old Lottie Whyman, holds the Churchman Challenge Cup, with sponsor

Suffolk Ladies' champion, 19-year-old Lottie Whyman, holds the Churchman Challenge Cup, with sponsor Detmar Hackman (Sabona) and losing finalist Sharon Luckman holding the Lady Eddis Silver Box. Photograph: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Lottie Whyman, a promising 19-year-old from Ipswich Golf Club, is the new Suffolk Ladies’ champion. She carried off the Churchman Challenge Cup after beating the experienced Sharon Luckman in the final at Felixstowe Ferry.

Lottie Whyman seemed to have the match under control when four up with four to play. It was then that Luckman showed her dogged determination. She won the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to be only one down on the final tee. Luckman’s poor tee shot out to the left allowed Whyman to close the match out for a well deserved victory.

In the semi-final Whyman had claimed the scalp of former champion Vicki Inglis while Luckman ended the dreams of another youngster, Abbie Symonds, who had defeated stroke-play champion Amanda Norman at the first play-off hole in the quarter-final.

In the senior ladies’ final Lottie Edmunds (Aldeburgh) beat Helen Bray (Ipswich) 2 and 1, reversing last year’s result.

The stroke play on Friday was settled on the second play-off hole when Norman won the Woodbridge Challenge Bowl with Inglis having to settle for the Maggie Ivor-Jones Plate. Norman established a two shot lead over Whyman after the opening round with Inglis four shots off the pace.

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In the afternoon round, when it became cool and breezy, Inglis produced the best round of the day which included five birdies. Her 72 took her into the play-off. She seemed to have the momentum.

The first play-off hole was halved in bogey. On the 18th Norman had a safe par which Inglis, after missing the green with her approach, was unable to match. Last year’s top two, Luckman and Lils James (Rookery Park), finished well behind in fourth and fifth places. In the senior stroke play championship 10-handicap Rachel Trotman of Aldeburgh won with a round of 83. Helen Bray (Ipswich), the former England hockey international, was runner-up with 87. County ladies’ championships are decided on match play. The stroke play is the qualifier.

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After the presentations, county captain Sarah Saggers announced her squad for East County Week at Chigwell between June 21 and 26.

The squad is: Whyman, Aldous, Barlow, Bell, Howe, Inglis, James, Lily Kent (currently in United States), Luckman, Symonds and Saggers.

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