Suffolk bounce back from opening defeat

SUFFOLK Ladies bounced back from their opening day defeat at the hands of Essex to beat Norfolk by six matches to three on the second wet day of County Week at the Links Golf Club at Newmarket.

Tony Garnett

SUFFOLK Ladies bounced back from their opening day defeat at the hands of Essex to beat Norfolk by six matches to three on the second wet day of County Week at the Links Golf Club at Newmarket.

Leading by two matches to one after the foursomes in some heavy rain, with several puddles on greens and in bunkers, Suffolk then went on to win four of their six singles.

It was a memorable day for two teenagers. Suffolk's 14-year-old Heidi Baek teamed up with Liz Laflin for a foursomes win and then demolished Karen Young 7 and 5 in the singles.


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One under at the turn, Baek then produced four more birdies before closing the game out on the 13th green.

Norfolk's 15-year-old Rebecca Heeles also did well. She helped Nicki Clarke to a foursomes win over Suffolk captain Lils James and Vicki Inglis. Then she swept aside the challenge of Vicki Hunt in the singles by 6 and 5.

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There was an impressive victory for Inglis against Tracey Williamson, Norfolk's most experienced player. Inglis, a long hitter, was four up with seven to play. Williamson won the par-three 12th but there was to be no dramatic recovery. Inglis put her approach shot a couple of feet from the pin at the 15th. She missed the putt but only needed a half to seal victory.

Laflin was ahead against Amy Skoulding early on but the Norfolk player turned the tables for a 3 and 2 win. Amanda Norman was two down but knew there were still plenty of holes to play when her drive at the fourth was blocked out by a tree on the right. She gradually wore down Charlotte Presland to secure a 3 and 2 win. Her final holes were watched by Suffolk's former Curtis Cup captain Liz Boatman.

Sharon Luckman had three birdies in her first five holes against Jo Ashmore and never released her grip on the match, going on to win 5 and 4.

Today Suffolk meet unbeaten Hertfordshire in the third match starting at 9.15am. Yesterday Hertfordshire beat Bedfordshire 6-3 which suggests that, although they started the week as favourites for the title, they are certainly not invincible.

Essex brought Daisy Dyer and Laura Cutler into their side that beat Cambs & Hunts yesterday. They had a clean sweep in the foursomes and dominated the singles, winning by eight and a half to a half overall. Today Essex play Bedfordshire.

SUFFOLK 6 NORFOLK 3

Foursomes (Suffolk names first).

Liz Laflin and Heidi Baek beat Karen Young and Amy Skoulding 3 and 2.

Amanda Norman and Sharon Luckman beat Sammy Martin and Charlotte Presland 4 and 3.

Lils James and Vicki Inglis lost to Nicki Clarke and Rebecca Heeles 4 and 3.

Singles: Inglis beat Tracey Williamson 4 and 3, Laflin lost to Skoulding 3 and 2, Norman beat Presland 3 and 2, Vicki Hunt lost to Heeles 6 and 5, Luckman beat Jo Ashmore 5 and 4, Baek beat Young 7 and 5.

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