WOMENS GOLF Five in a row for Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire completed a remarkable fifth consecutive women’s England Golf South West County Match Week title success on home fairways at Minchinhampton New golf course yesterday.

The host county can boast a tremendous run in the inter-counties regional week - staged at Yeovil last summer - having topped the leaderboard on the last four occasions to qualify as South West representatives at the annual women’s England Golf County Finals.

After five wins in a row this week Gloucestershire will again represent the South West at the women's national finals at Frilford Heath GC, September 14-18.

Gloucestershire’s ace is England international Bethan Popel from Bristol club Long Ashton - runner-up in last month's St Rule Trophy - while Corinne Durber’s squad contain three players from the host club.

In-form Popel led the hosts to a crucial opening 5½-3½ win over title rivals Cornwall including England international Sammie Giles, on Monday. Both sides have subsequently won their remaining four matches, meaning Nikki Hodge's Cornwall side finished the week runners-up.

Cornwall from Sammie Giles (St Mellion) Emily Toy (Carlyon Bay) Nikki Hodge (Perranporth, captain) Jan Sargeant (Perranporth) Georgia Price (Bude & North Cornwall) Jan Harrison (Launceston) Wendy Briggs (Launceston) Lynn Saget (Carlyon Bay) Megan Giles (St Mellion) Victoria Pawley (Trevose).

Devon from Chloe Howard (Elfordleigh) Keeley Clarke (Torquay) Caitilin Evans Brand (Stover) Molly Haslam (Torquay) Grace Jackson (Tiverton) Meg Rossouw (Yelverton) Jo Shorrocks (Bigbury) Abby Turner (Okehampton) Molly Pavey (Stover) Laura Tregelles (Thurlestone). Non-playing captain Sue Ackland (Royal North Devon)

Gloucestershire from Bethan Popel, Alix Giles (Long Ashton) Becky Gibbs, Alex Saunders (Bristol & Clifton) Jane Rees, Grace Mclaughlin, Charlotte Heeps (Minchinhampton New) Jemima Gregson (The Kendleshire) Ebonie Lewis, Lucy Quinn (Knowle) Alison Kelly (Cirencester). Non-playing captain Corinne Durber (Minchinhampton New)

England Golf South West County Match Week results

Round 1 Wiltshire 4½ Dorset 4½, Somerset 2½ Devon 6½, Gloucestershire 5½ Cornwall 3½

Tuesday Somerset 2½ Gloucestershire 6½, Dorset 4½ Devon 4½, Cornwall 7 Wiltshire 2

Wednesday - derby day! Cornwall 5½ Devon 3½, Gloucestershire 5 Wiltshire 4, Dorset 5 Somerset 4

Thursday Somerset 5 Wiltshire 4, Cornwall 5½ Dorset 3½ Gloucestershire 5 Devon 4

Friday Gloucestershire 6 Dorset 3 Cornwall 5½ Somerset 3½ Devon 5½ Wiltshire 3½

Match points Gloucestershire 5, Cornwall 4, Devon 2½, Somerset 2, Dorset 1, Wiltshire ½

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