Sale ace snatches victory from jaws of defeat

CHESHIRE’S Cath Rawthore snatched a dramatic victory in the English Senior Women’s championship, capturing the title on the 21st hole of the final at Ross-on-Wye after being two down with two holes to play.

Cath Rawthore

JUST CHAMPION: Cath Rawthore

“I never say die,” she remarked afterwards. “I always go for it, never give in and scramble, scramble, scramble. Sometimes it’s not pretty but it’s what I do.”

Rawthore, an England senior international from Sale Golf Club, holed crucial putts at 17 and 18to get back to all square and head down the 19th, which both players birdied.

On the 20th Rawthore had a chance to win, but took three puts from above the hole. The match ended on the 21st when Jobling’s ball went through the green into a near impossible lie, while Rawthore had a birdie opportunity.

“It was a sad way to finish the match,” said Rawthore. “Karen had played tremendous golf, every time I thought I played a good shot she put it inside me. It was such hard work mentally, but very exciting and I am absolutely thrilled.”

The high-quality match was played before a good crowd of spectators and Rawthore added: “I’m so glad we gave them a good final to watch.”

She added this win to her previous successes in the English senior stroke play and the British senior championship. She has also helped England seniors to European and Home International victories.

In the semi-finals Rawthore beat Jo Shorrocks (Bigbury) 2/1; Jobling (Richmond) beat Jackie Foster (Bishop’s Stortford) 3/2.

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