The event planned at Kibworth GC on Friday 25th September was moved to Beedles Lake GC as a result of restrictions imposed with catering and social gatherings due to the Coronavirus. Golf is able to be played at all venues however providing a social environment for a group is more challenging. Fortunately, Beedles Lake has a large function room with stunning views over the lake that enables the social element of this fixture to take place.
24 ladies participated on the day with the following clubs being represented: Birstall, Cosby, Forest Hill, Glen Gorse, Kibworth, The Leicestershire, Lingdale, Longcliffe, Luffenham Heath, Melton Mowbray, Rutland Water and Whetstone. The representatives from Willesley Park had to reluctantly withdraw. The start sheet is available to view under the match section of the website.
Three committee members played on the par three course while the participants played on the main course. The par three course is a definite challenge and the scenery is very good too.
The main competition is played as an AM AM over 9 holes with two scores to count on each hole (but one player from each club to score). Full handicap allowance was allowed due to the testing weather conditions on the day. Unlike last year when ladies played in torrential rain, this year it was cold and there were high winds to contend with. The hot jacket potato with very generous toppings were very welcome as the teams came back to the clubhouse after playing golf.
The results were mixed and given the conditions this was to be expected. The winners with 40 points were; Rachel Miller and Sandra Roberts of Longcliffe and Pam Hall and Jane Houghton of Rutland Water. The players were congratulated and a small prize was provided to the winning team.
The Coronavirus restrictions have altered the way that we have been able to host events this year. Unfortunately, we cannot meet and greet ladies in our usual way, or hand out badges or paperwork at this event. Socialising is restricted and we were again unable to make any speeches.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the event with many ladies expressing their appreciation for this event being organised and actually taking place. This will be the last event held in 2020.