Miranda Brain puts sister act to one side to be crowned county golf champion
PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 May 2017
Gog Magog duo do battle in the final
Miranda Brain got the better of her sister to be crowned the Cambs and Hunts Ladies County Golf Association champion at Ramsey Golf Club.
In the qualifying round, which was hampered by heavy rain the previous day, Miranda Brain topped the qualifiers with 145, while Tabitha Brain second with 156.
The Gog Magog players, both former county champions, eased through their quarter-finals, with Miranda beating St Ives’ Paula Ewing 6&4 and Tabitha winning 4&3 against Ely City’s Tina Broadley.
County junior Ella Mason, of Ely City, won 4&3 against the Links’ Sarah Greenall and the Links’ Jackie Ewing won 3&2 against clubmate Marcella Tuttle to complete the semi-final line-up.
In the semi-finals, Miranda won 3&2 against Ewing and Tabitha defeated Mason 4&3.
The final saw Miranda win the opening hole, but Tabitha struck back immediately on the second.
Miranda moved into a three-hole lead at the turn after taking the third, fifth and eighth. And with the final seven holes halved, Miranda claimed the county crown with a 3&2 win.
Miranda also won the Allen Newport Trophy for the best scratch score with 74 and 71 for a total of 145.
Tabitha took the runners-up trophy and the scratch bowl for the best gross score in the Division One meeting and the county championship, which was 239.
There was a reduced entry in the plate event, with Gog Magog’s Anna Guest beating Old Nene’s Jacquie Richardson one up in the quarter-finals and Ely City’s Greta Barclay winning two up against Gog Magog’s Dubi Brain.
Sharren Kjenstad won after Guest conceded on the 13th hole through illness in the semi-finals, while Barclay beat Sharon Chatteris.
In the final, Kjenstad stamped her authority on the match by winning the first five holes.
Barclay responded by taking the next two holes, but Kjenstad closed out the match to take victory in the plate by halving the 15th hole for a 4&3 victory.