WOMENS GOLF Gloucestershire off to storming start

England Golf logoSouth West champions Gloucestershire made a storming start to the week-long England Golf women’s county finals by beating 2017 champions Yorkshire 7½-1½ at Royal North Devon Golf Club yesterday.

Today Gloucestershire – who have won the regional England Golf championship eight times in a row – face fellow big opening day winners Surrey, who beat Buckinghamshire 6½- 2½ after Staffordshire edged past Norfolk 5-4.

Gloucestershire’s opening day win was sealed by 17-year-old Grace Connelly, who aced RND’s 161-yard par three 16th.

The match was a clash of champions – Gloucestershire won the England county finals in 2016, Yorkshire pipped them last year.

Gloucestershire boast six members of their 2016 winning team while Yorkshire are going through a transitional period, with a young and developing side, featuring just three players from last year’s victory.

Gloucestershire captain Andrea Knight said: “We are always delighted to win but we never take anything for granted.”

Surrey skipper Sally Parrish admits: “Gloucestershire are probably the favourites but this is matchplay, anything can happen – and we are up for it! We’ve got as good a chance as anyone.”

Play today was set to start at 1000, with all three matches reduced to one foursomes and four singles due to inclement weather.
Gloucestershire will be familiar with links golf on the South West coast having claimed their regional title at St Enodoc in north Cornwall. 

This week's national tournament at RND is free to see.

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