Rose Green completed a double for the Isle of Wight when she won her way through to England Golf’s Grand Medal Final. Rose, from Ryde Golf Club, is the second island player in the space of a week to win an England Golf regional medal final.
Dawn Hodge of Shanklin & Sandown took the honours at last week’s South event. Now, Rose has won the South West qualifier at Weston-Super-Mare and said:
“It’s a coup for the island and helps to put us on the map.”
She leads the 10 players who have claimed their places in the Grand Medal Final. They are: Rose Green (Ryde), Carole Kerley (Ferndown), Cath Levell (Wells), Lorna Elliott (Dartmouth), Julia Gibson (Wallasey), Karen Preedy (The Kendleshire), Dawn Emmerson (Perranporth), Lisa Greenwood (Canford Magna), Rebecca Mackworth-Praed (Dummer) and Amanda Wright (Yeovil).
They’ll play off with qualifiers from five other events to find the country’s top handicap golfer at the Grand Medal Final at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire on Thursday, 13 August. It will be a feature of the new Golf Week festival, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.
Rose, who was playing off 18 handicap, had a net score of two-under 70 and won on countback from Carole Kerley.
“It’s amazing and the fact there were over 100 competitors made me feel quite euphoric,” she said. “It was soggy, foggy and cold and I feel very proud to have held it together and played well in those conditions.”
Rose took up golf when she was 30 but gave up after five years when she had her two daughters. She’s been playing again for two years and said:
“I absolutely love it, I’m quite passionate about it, but I don’t feel as competitive as I used to. I go out to enjoy the exercise and if I play well that’s a bonus. August 13 will be a big day for our family because it’s also A Level results day for my daughter!”
All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2014.