French International Stroke Play Championship
Granville, Breville-sur-Mer, France
Friday 5 Oct - Sun 7 Oct 2018
Runner Up - Mimi Rhodes, Burnham & Berrow GC finished on level par with 288 with rounds of 74, 74, 70 and 70.
Conditions at Granville meant there was great golf played in sunshine, torrential rain and strong winds.
Somerset’s Hannah Woodley is the toast of her county after winning a national title at
Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire.
Woodley, from Enmore Park, is the new English Women’s County Champion of Champions,
winning the title with a score of three-over par after 36 holes, with rounds of 71 72 on the
She finished a shot ahead of Northumberland’s Ami Story (Bedlingtonshire), while Nottinghamshire’s
Libby Kilbride (Dore & Totley) was third, a further five shots back.
Woodley – or Hannah Grant, as she was known until her marriage last year – commented: “I’m over the moon.
It’s an incredible feeling to win a big one.”
The key to her success was her mental approach: “This is a thinker’s golf course, you don’t need to hit it miles, but you need to put it in the right position to hit the green.”
She’s been Somerset county champion four times in the past five years and she’s played at women’s Champion of Champions since the event was started in 2016. “It’s a really good tournament, an amazing addition to the calendar – and I’d think that even if I didn’t get through! It’s a really good way to round off the season.”
Woodley, 31, was a regular on the national amateur circuit, but when she worked as an emergency call handler for the police for over five years she had to cut back on her playing commitments. Five months ago she returned to the golfing world with a new job as a tournament controller for the PGA’s South West and Wales region.
“It’s fantastic,” she said. “I’m enjoying being back around golf and it’s lovely to watch good golf – maybe that’s helped, it’s rubbed off on me!”
9 Hole Champion of Champions Competition
Following the lead of the R&A and England Golf, Somerset joined the movement that is encouraging the rising interest in nine hole competitions. Every club in the county with a designated 9 hole course was invited to host qualifying competitions and send their champions to a grand final over the Channel Course at Burnham & Berrow.
Somerset's 9 hole Championship was played at Burnham & Berrow GC on the 13th October
during a howling gale. The players needed a medal for completing the event.
The Somerset Golf Union sponsored this event in response to England Golf's efforts to get
more people out playing the game of golf. Clubs throughout Somerset were encouraged
to hold a qualifying 9 hole event and the winners played in the County final at
Burnham & Berrow GC .
There were four playing categories and the SCLGA and the SCSLGA donated trophies for both the ladies and the senior ladies categories in order to support this event. This is now planned as an annual event.
Seniors - Lynne Johnson - Clevedon GC 15pts
Ladies - Jane Moreton - Burnham & Berrow GC 16pts
which were good scores in the awful conditions.
Carole Paterson attended for the presentation on behalf of both Ladies Associations.