Wednesday 16th March 2022
Local Kent golf club wins Annodata UK Golf Club Classic
Ladies from Nizels Golf & Country Club have returned triumphant from Spain after winning the finals of the Annodata UK Golf Club Classic.
It was their first time qualifying for the finals in this prestigious, UK-wide competition that saw over 400 ladies’ golf teams take part.
Lady Captain of Nizels Shirley Spencer was one of the supporters who accompanied the team and followed the matches; “It was such a privilege to watch the girls play and it was great entertainment – their determination to win was simply inspiring. The kindred spirit and camaraderie shared between the teams was evident to see, especially when I heard a caddy from the opposing team actually say they have never enjoyed a match so much as with Janette and Nikki from Nizels.”
The final was played against Charnwood Forest Golf Club, with a range of handicaps. The first win went to Pat Morecroft on the par three 14th. The second win to Adele came on 16th. At the 18th, Carol Turl, playing at number three was 1up going down the 18th. Carol played a great putt just off the green to secure her win 2up. At the same time, Janette had also won her match 3&1 and Gina was 2up going down 17th, so did not need to finish.
The Annodata League is a national competition involving all eligible clubs in England, Scotland & Wales. It consists of a five-person team with a ladies and men’s league, with 7 knock-out rounds.
The ladies’ section at Nizels' has a large number of players, many of whom have been playing together in various competitions in Kent for several years. The Annodata competition drew from a squad of 10 players, with the first match in round 2 taking place in June 2021.
Team member Adele Young relished the challenge of playing in the competition; "After the awful Covid year of 2020, embarking on the Annodata Classic in 2021 felt like a breath of fresh air and at last a sign of life returning to some sort of normality. Speaking on behalf of my team, we all enjoy playing competitive golf and consider it a ‘serious’ hobby - it’s also a large part of our social lives. To be able to be part of a team again is fantastic - then additionally winning is just the icing on the cake! The competition gives amateur golfers of mixed handicaps the chance to play together, in any order as a team which is unusual. At club and county level, all team events are either divisional or scratch and strict handicap order. It’s something that’s different, fun and a good challenge tactically - you also never know where you’re going to land up next, playing at clubs that wouldn’t be on a normal rota. All in all, a great team event that is exactly what the doctor ordered this year, and in fact every year!"
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