HARTLEPOOL’S Ruth Lindley made it a hat-trick when she teamed up Carolyn Kirk to score a one-shot win in the final English Woman’s Golf Association senior event of the season.
Carolyn, from Ganton in Yorkshire, and Ruth, regained the Brenda King Foursomes at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, a title they won in 2007, when they returned a second round score of 77 to overtake the Oxfordshire pairing of Annie Gowing and Kate Evans.
They’d been trailing by a shot after the first round on the Thonock Park course – and wondering whether they would count the cost of a missed 2½-footer on the 18th green. But they played steadily on the Karsten Lakes lay-out and came home in level par to win the competition.
“We were really, really pleased and thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Carolyn, who played in England’s senior Home International team of 2008. Since then, she’s been restricted by a foot injury in 2009 and her duties as Ganton ladies’ vice captain.
Ruth, meanwhile, has won the Durham County Veterans Championship as well as represented the north in the annual vets’ jamboree and scoring a high finish in the British Seniors Championship.
Leading scores (round one Thonock, round two, Karsten): 158 Carolyn Kirk (Ganton) and Ruth Lindley (Hartlepool) 81 77; 159 Annie Gowing (Frilford Heath) and Kate Evans (Frilford Heath) 80 79; 169 Vivien Saunders (Cambridge Meridian) and Gill Snelson (Branston) 82 87.