Captain Sue Harrison, centre, presenting the trophies to Division 2 champion Beverley Carroll, left, and overall champion Emma Powell, right. Picture by PETER BOAM.
TEAMMATES became rivals in the final of the 2014 IW Ladies’ Golf Association Championships at Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club last week.
Freshwater Bay star Sammi Keen did battle with Osborne’s Emma Powell — the two forming half of the silver medal-winning team at last year’s Island Games in Bermuda — with Emma triumphant.
Emma was the top-ranked player after the first day’s 18-hole medal qualifying round, winning her the Helen Day Trophy). She then defeated last year’s winner, Westridge’s Lucy Burke, in her semi-final. Meanwhile Sammi defeated another Bermuda medal winner, Joanne Wright (Shanklin and Sandown), in the other semi-final to book her spot.
After a wonderful display of top quality golf it was Emma who triumphed and carried off the Fairfax Trophy and the title.
In Division 2, it was an all Shanklin and Sandown final with Beverley Carroll beating Ruth Stockley (Freshwater) in a thrilling semi-final to set up a final match with Joyce Petrie, the top seed, who put out Sue Oldershaw (Freshwater) in another long, hard fought match.
This time it was the second seed who came out on top with Beverley winning to take the Division 2 Championship Plate.
The Bronze Championship final was between Rosemary Walshe of Ryde and Joanna Pryce of Cowes. The match went the full distance and Rosemary, having been five down half way through fought back to win the Joan Goldsmith Bowl.
Mo Couse (Freshwater) won the Bronze Scratch Salver and was the Bronze Handicap.
Everyone who entered in the IW Championships, or played in the Sibyl Bennett competition for higher handicaps, could play in the Sibyl Browne Vase Stableford on the second day.
Viv Williams (Shanklin and Sandown) won the vase this year with a very good score of 37 points.
IWLGA captain Sue Harrison presented the prizes and thanked everyone for making the event a success, and Shanklin and Sandown for hosting.