Barlow Bowl Final

News item created on 28 October 2018   
The final of the Barlow Bowl was played at the City of Newcastle Golf Club on Sunday 28th October.
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The Barlow Bowl is a knockout competition, the competitors coming from the top 8 best nett scores in the Margaret Crofton Trophy competition which this year was played at Prudhoe in May.
Maggie Whitehead of Close House, the winner of the Margaret Crofton Trophy, made the final and played against Rachel Gourley of Arcot Hall. The match is off handicap with Rachel giving Maggie 4 shots.

Our starter was County Junior Organiser Irene Gillon and the referee was Carol Ramsey the County President. The sun was shining as the girls tee’d off and apart from a brief interlude half way through continued to shine until the end.

Considering the age of the finalists was 12 and 14 the standard of golf was superb and at times mesmerising. The match was close and although Rachel played par, par, birdie, eagle she was only 2 up after 5. Both played very steadily and Maggie put her shots to good use.

The match was played in the very best of spirits. These two know each other pretty well as they are part of the junior coaching squad and were part of the county match week team.

Having just won the 16th Maggie was one down playing the par 5 17th. Both did great drives with Rachel the longer of the two. Maggie’s second shot was just to the side of the bunker at the front of the green. Rachel’s 2nd flirted with the same bunker but landed just over it, into the semi rough between it and the greenside bunker. Maggie’s lie was also in the semi and she chipped onto the green to about 20 feet from the pin. Rachel who had already chipped in a couple of times nearly sank her third which hit the pin and went past by a couple of feet. Maggie just missed her putt but had a gimmy for the par. Rachel sank hers for a birdie to win the match 2&1 having played to 2 under gross.

The presentation was in the club house after we had some very welcome hot drinks and bickies. The photos capture the spirit of the day with smiles and hugs.

Congratulation to them both for making the final and well done to Rachel the winner of the 2018 Barlow Bowl.