Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel’s ladies’ team secured the prestigious Bucks Challenge Shield for the fourth consecutive year at Harewood Downs Golf Club, last week.
The seven-strong team – Thalia Kirby, Daisy Kennedy, Georgina Bowers, Amelia Curtis, Jill Dodds, Camilla Kastrup and Edwina Acheson – played superbly to see off Burnham Beeches in style in the morning semi-final. And the same septet won all their games in the afternoon final against Buckingham Golf Club to secure the title in wholly convincing fashion.
The team’s four successive titles replicates the feat of Woburn which won a record four shields back-to-back between 2009 and 2012.
Lady captain Julie Cunnah said: “We have had eight tough and exciting matches this year and many ladies have played their equally important part – and producing good gold in the process – to take us through each round.
“We should also thank Christine Connelly, Julia Warke, Izzy Holmes, Karen Guest, Jean Taylor, Judy Fitch, Wendy Fretwell, Yuki Sugimoto and Sue Catton, for their input. And special thanks go out to our team of hard working and, probably, emotionally exhausted caddies - Barbara Briggs, Karen Guest, Anne Worby, Silvia Anderson, Pat Skinner, Julia Warke – and the ever-supportive parents of our girl scholars.
“It was certainly a day to remember and we were delighted that Stoke Park’s team spirit, fair play and determination shone through at each stage. Well played everyone.”
The extremely active and popular ladies section at Stoke Park currently has 183 members although there remain vacancies for newcomers.
Set within 300 acres of beautiful private parkland estate in Stoke Poges, Bucks, Stoke Park is only 35 minutes from London and seven miles from Heathrow Airport. Laid out across 300 acres of mid-19th century, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown-landscaped parkland, the 27-hole golf course was designed by the legendary Harry Colt in 1908.
It is one of just two five-AA Red Star golf clubs in England and the historic land on which it stands is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. The historic course played host to the PGA Matchplay in 1910 and, even more famously, the golf match between Sean Connery’s James Bond and Auric Goldfinger, in the 1964 film, Goldfinger. It also has a thriving golf club with around 800 active members.
During the winter of 2015/16, every bunker on the Colt course – the first nine holes of the historic 27-hole layout – underwent major renovation to both shape and size, as part of a seven-figure investment in a facelift of the whole course. And this winter will see a similar overhaul of the Alison course – holes nine to 18 – as Stoke Park looks to bring the second nine into line with the aesthetic quality and playability the front nine now enjoys. For more information visit www.stokepark.com.
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