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Golf : North Yorkshire pair help England reclaim county crown
After an absence of two years, the White Rose line-up – coached by Steve Robinson, the head pro at York’s Sandburn Hall GC – made a triumphant return to County Finals, as representatives of the North, and duly gained their 12th national success and first since 2008.
Triumph in the tournament at Wilmslow in Cheshire was sealed by a 5-4 victory over Lincolnshire in the title showdown, with Hertfordshire finishing third overall.
“I am over the moon with my fantastic team,” said Yorkshire captain Carole Waights, after a tense afternoon of close singles on the deciding day.
“Lincolnshire played beautifully. They were going straight for the pins and they gave me a fright.”
Yorkshire had raced ahead on the final morning, winning all three foursomes, Brown and Austwick doing their bit.
But Lincolnshire charged out in the afternoon singles. Helen Hewlett and Emilee Taylor beat Brown and Becca Wood respectively in the top two singles.
Behind them, their colleagues were edging ahead – but in the end Yorkshire grit won through and they secured the two points they needed.
Austwick, who is also a member of Pike Hills GC, won the 16th to get back to all square and then finished strongly by winning the 18th.
Behind her, team-mate Holly Morgan won the last hole to clinch the title.
Yorkshire had gone into the showdown with Lincolnshire as tournament leaders with four points from four games. Lincolnshire had been just behind them with 3½ points.
1 Yorkshire, representing the North, 5pts;
2 Lincolnshire, representing Midlands North, 3½pts;
3 Hertfordshire representing the East, 3pts;
4 Gloucestershire, representing the South West, 2½pts;
5 Kent, representing the South, 1pt;
6 Warwickshire, representing Midlands South, 0pts.
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