Inverclyde Now Logo GOLF — Ladies’ Championship Final At Gourock

1 September, 2020 | Sport

Jill Balloch, right, and Maureen Kemp

GOUROCK Golf Club held its Ladies’ Championship final, the contest featuring a player who had last triumphed three decades ago.

Jill Balloch had returned to the club from New Zealand with a gap of 31 years since her previous victory in the championship.

This was Maureen Kemp’s first final.

Jill started well by winning the first hole, with the second hole being halved.

It was then nip and tuck for the rest of the first nine holes although Jill did eventually open up a gap to be three in front at the turn.

The gap widened, with Jill winning the next two holes, but Maureen’s head didn’t go down and she kept up the fighting spirit to halve the next two holes.

As a result Jill was five up with five to play going on to the 14th hole where Jill hit two cracking shots to be on the green in two.

The pressure was on Maureen who was on the green in three. Jill had two lovely putts to par the hole and unfortunately Maureen’s putt to halve the hole just came up short so the game finished 6 and 4 in Jill’s favour.

The match was played in a great spirit and in perfect conditions with the sun shining, albeit with a bit of wind to contend with.

The club thanks vice-captain Norma Ramsay who acted as the on-course referee and game commentator.

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