Super sand save helps out as Purcell picks up top seniors prize at Saffron Walden GC!

PUBLISHED: 16:30 26 July 2018

Elaine Purcell (centre) celebrates her win at Saffron Walden

Elaine Purcell (centre) celebrates her win at Saffron Walden

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Elaine Purcell was crowned senior ladies champion at Saffron Walden Golf Club last week.

Saffron Walden Golf Club's scratch men's teamSaffron Walden Golf Club's scratch men's team

After carding a gross round of 86 (nett 73). Purcell finished two shots clear of runner-up Sue Amiss, while Sue Bowler took the Holwood Bowl for best nett score with an excellent 69, ahead of Jane Wagstaff (71).

After some erratic recent rounds, Purcell left her driver behind and played the course more conservatively, but appeared to have missed a chance on the par five ninth when finding a bunker with her second shot.

After finding the sand again, then failing to get out of the bunker, Purcell managed to hole her fifth shot for an unexpected par and went on to capitalise on her escape.

The Nicholson Bowl is awarded to the best gross score in the 21-30 handicap band and Wagstaff (92) won ahead of Bowler (93).

*Saffron Walden’s men found St Neots too hot to handle in their latest County Scratch League fixture.

Playing away on a hot summer evening for the return leg, Walden were on the wrong end of a 6-0 defeat.

Burlingham and Martin fell behind early on against Loveday and Meeds, who romped to a 7&6 victory, while Waywood and Northfield’s clash with Nuthall and Chapman was closer, as the lead changed hands over the front nine.

Home advantage paid off, though, as the St Neots pair carded several birdies to win 3&2.

Goodman and King took on Brister and Heir, but solid play from the Walden pair was not enough to prevent another 3&2 defeat as the hosts claimed a comfortable victory.

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