Keech crowned South West Lady champion

21:42 27 July 2014

Sophie Keech receives here latest silverware - The South West Ladies Championship - with Annette Butcher the Mendip Golf Club lady captain, handing over the Katherine Cairns Bowl and the Huleatt Salver

Sophie Keech receives here latest silverware - The South West Ladies Championship - with Annette Butcher the Mendip Golf Club lady captain, handing over the Katherine Cairns Bowl and the Huleatt Salver

Archant

Sophie Keech is the new South West Ladies champion after netting yet more silverware at Mendip Golf Club in Somerset last week.

Playing in ideal conditions on the first day the ground was dry the sun was warm 36 holes of stroke to decide the top 16 who would go through to the match play ‘knock-out’ stage with Steve Edwards as Caddie on the bag.

A strong field had entered and scoring was tough, the day finished with Sophie at the top of the board after shooting one-over par gross for the two rounds to take the Champion Stroke Play to win The Katherine Cairns Bowl for a second year.

Day two the weather had taken a considerable change as Sophie and local club champion Gill Brown stood on the first tee.

This time Sophie had her winning caddie, Sue Edwards, on her bag.

Thunder rumbled all around although the rain was holding off and a birdie on the second gave her an early lead yet after four the score was back to level, yet as the thunder continued to crash around the teenager unleashed a blistering burst of stunning play winning five of the next six holes which included five birdies at each of the par fives to seal a five-and-three success.

After a break and another storm Keech then played against Emily Toy.

The pair were on the first hole when there was a mighty flash of lightening and the hooter sounded to send the players back to the clubhouse!

When the all-clear was given play resumed, albeit on flooded greens which needed the referee’s attention!

However, young Keech was undaunted by all going on around her as she took her 54 degree wedge and fired her ball across the obstructing water right to the back of the slopping green to within six foot of the pin. She then rolled her putt in to claim a birdie and go two up. From there she did not look back, securing a three-and-two win on the 16th.

Her semi-final was against Bristol player Alexandra Saunders of Bristol against whom Keech showed real class – consistently too – to put superbly to a four-and-two triumph.

That took Keech into the final and a meeting with Exminster’s Lauren Pearce. Once again the Keech game was one of real quality as she claimed a five-and-four victory to lift the Hulleat Salver.

There was no time for young Keech to rest on her laurels, or even savour victory, for later that day she travelled to Gatwick to jet off to Tallin in Estonia to play in The Ladies European!

Among Keech’s collection of trophies this year is the Astor Salver, which she won at the Berkshire last month and she will soon be defending her English Open Amateur Crown at The Warwickshire.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 11:24

Ottery St Mary were beaten 4-0 at Pinhoe, but were most certainly ‘masters of their own downfall’, and manager Dave Fairweather knows exactly where it all went wrong.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:34

Two Sidmouth families have made it through to the Finals of the national Quorn Family Doubles Tennis Tournament, writes Kate Truman.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:34

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) ladies second team made a terrific start to the new league season as they recorded an emphatic 11-1 win over Bridgwater ladies second XI, writes by Suzanne Thorpe.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:34

It was Matchplay finals weekend at Sidmouth Golf Club, the culmination of a whole season of knockout matches amongst club members, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:33

Sidmouth Town extended their unbeaten home run to five game with a 2-1 Manstone Lane success over Bovey Tracey.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:33

Ottery Under-11s made it three wins from their first threem atches of the season with an emphatic 11-0 win at West Exe this Saturday.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:33

The last day of summer saw Sidmouth ladies welcome their guests for Invitation Day, write Maria Clapp and Angela Coles.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:33

Sidmouth Under-13 girls’ played in a tournament with Exeter Saracens, Plymouth and Winscombe, writes Simon Dunstan.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:32

Every spring and autumn there is a friendly tournament of association croquet against Budleigh Croquet Club when there are always a number of Sidmouth players waiting to be selected to play and win the Seagull Trophy, writes David Butler.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:31

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club (SOHC) ladies 1st XI got their new Petroc One League season off to a flying start with an impressive 7-0 win at Torbay.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications