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Great Start For Jodi

England international Jodi Ewart has got her new US college season off to a flying start.

England international Jodi Ewart has got her new US college season off to a flying start. After shooting her career-best score in her first tournament of the 2009/10 season on the US women's college circuit, she shot a sizzling 11-under par score in her second event.

However, for the second week running, she had to settle for second place.

She began the season by carding a career-best 54-hole total of seven under par and was runner-up.

She followed up with another new scoring record of 208 for her college, the University of New Mexico, with rounds of 69, 71, 68 on the par 73 UNM Championship Course.

It was a stout defence of her Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational title, though her final round, with six birdies in the last 10 holes, still saw her finish one shot short of the winner, Kendra Little of Oregon.

The 21-year-old from Catterick Golf Club in North Yorkshire, started the new season in sensational style the previous week at the 54-hole Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in Colorado.

She had 16 birdies during the event and shot scores of 72, 68, 68 to finish three shots behind the winner. Even so, her total for the tournament was a career-best and four-under 68s also equaled her career low round.

Jodi is just starting her fourth and final year at the University of New Mexico, where she is described as arguably the best woman golfer in the university's history.

She's an England and GB&I international and has played in both the Curtis Cup and the Vagliano Trophy.

Jodi has also just been named in the GB&I squad for the 2010 Curtis Cup match against the US at the Essex County Club, Massachusetts from June 11 to 13.

She is one of six English girls in the 20-woman squad. The final team of eight will be selected next April.

Jodi, twice the English strokeplay champion, made her debut in the event in the 2008 Curtis Cup at St Andrew's.

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Ruth Defies The Odds

They say that lightening never strikes twice. But Ruth Day - considered a relative golfing beginner with a handicap of 35 - defied odds of some 67 million to one, to score an astonishing two holes-in-one during the same round. The retired British Gas showroom manager considers herself to be far from exceptional on the golf course, so when she scored a hole-in-one, she could not believe her luck.

But when she repeated the trick a second time, she was left gob-smacked by what she had just achieved. This extraordinary feat happened at Whitley Bay Golf Club, in North Tyneside, where Mrs Day is a member.

The 64-year-old widow from Tynemouth was enjoying a round with a friend when she scored the first hole-in-one on the 149-yard third hole.

And while 13 might be unlucky for some, it was the 161-yard 13th hole which proved exceptionally lucky for Mrs Day, as it was the site of her second hole-in-one. "A hole in one in itself is usually pretty amazing," she said. "But I couldn't believe it when I did the same thing 10 holes further on.

"The first time it happened, my friend was the one saying 'it's going in, it's going in', but I was relatively ambivalent. Then the lads in front put their thumbs up to say it had gone in. I was pleased because it was my first hole in one.

"It was the second one that was really amazing because it was a more difficult hole. We saw it turn and then we went searching for it round the back to see where it was. We couldn't find it, and after a while we found it - in the hole!"

The grandmother-of-eight occasionally plays in competitions, and earlier this month she won a prize for the longest drive.

She added: "I have been playing for about 10 years. But some people go through their whole life and never get a hole in one. I think there are only a very small number of people around the world who have done it twice in one round."

Frank Elliott, secretary at Whitley Bay, believes it is the first time in the club's history that anyone has scored two hole-in-ones in the same round. He said: "There has been an occasion when we had two hole-in-ones by two different people on the same round. But we don't think we have ever seen it done by the same person.

"It is even more unusual because it is not someone who has a very low handicap. For her to get two hole- in-ones is astounding. All the members are amazed - it is nice for it to happen to someone who is still really a beginner."

 

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