Playing just over five and half thousand yards from the red tees the ladies were in for some cardio exercise as they meandered their way around the lush green golf course. Lush and green as we had a drop of rain the day before, which in turn made for some slow putts, but otherwise the course stood up to the elements fairly well.
It isn’t the easiest of courses for ladies, it does undulate and give you a good workout but it also gives rewards and the ladies ‘lovingly’ regaled stories of how they made (or missed) the putt on…. after a glass of wine
Nearest the pin was played on hole 6, named stalkers walk a 133 yard par three with a clear view to the green enticing the ladies to go for it, and a number of them certainly did, before the winner of the nearest the pin, which apparently was very close and yes she did make her Two was Bridget MaCauley from Naunton Downs GC.
The longest drive was hole16, called Welcombe Run at 447 yards this par 5 was not an easy hole, with a stream to think about for the second shot and a tiered large green there was no option but to go for the flag. The longest drive was won by Lorna Godwin from Study Wood GC.
The best thing about playing hole 16 is seeing the imposing lavish Jacobean hotel in the distance, dominating the landscape and offering some respite knowing that was where lunch would be served in two more holes!
Overall winners were Linda Sherry and Jane Petts from Northampton GC with a great score of 38 points closely nipping at their heels with 37 points were Lynda Pearce and Tina Lewis of Cotswold Edge GC who beat Katie Greenwood and Lois Price of Ross on Wye GC on count back for second place. All prizes were donated by the Andalusian Tourist Board and the main price by the venue itself for a return stay with golf and food.
The host venue provided a very tasty and substantial hot buffet after play of three main dishes, a side and salads, which the ladies loved whilst enjoying the view over the gardens from the Nestfield Suite. 18 holes of golf and an amazing spa make Hallmark Stratford a great place for a short golf break.
Linda gave an enthusiastic speech, thanking the venue and ourselves for the hard work whilst acknowledging what we are doing for ladies golf and were chuffed to have won the Red Tee Tour at Hallmark Stratford and of course really happy to be returning for their prize.
Series two and three of the Red Tee Tour was held at Murrayshall, Perthshire and Formby Hall near Liverpool
Perthshire is inland Scotland and arguably a beautiful area to attract lady golfers, especially those not so keen on Links golf but still want to experience the Scottish golf and hospitality. Picking Murrayshall was a great move to partner with to host the second Red Tee Tour for 2017, the hotel is friendly and comfortable and the golf course, albeit a bit tough in places is right on the doorstep. A golf course offering views across the county and beyond was well received by the ladies . The nearest the pin on the 4th hole, aptly named ‘the pond’ leaving the rest to your imagination was won by Lesleyanne Tufft, one of our lovely regular supporters. The longest drive was a bit of a monster by Morag Wardrop on the 13th Hole a 366 par 4 hole- well done both Morag and LesleyAnn, both great achievements and well deserved prizes courtesy of the Andalucian Tourist Board.
Despite the wind blowing a gale and the girls being swept here, there and everywhere the golf course played well and the winners of the Red Tee Tour evert at Murrayshall were Catherine Gerrard and Ann Coleman of Loundon and Bonnyton Golf clubs with a very respectable 37 points. Runners up from Dunbar and Peebles Golf clubs were Lorraine White and Denise Richards, former winners of the Northern ladies who put up a good fight with 36 points.
Lunch afterwards in the clubhouse was a relaxed affair enjoying the lunch of soup and sandwiches and a welcome respite after the windy game of golf the ladies experienced. Soup and sandwiches didn’t really showcase the excellent food at Murrayshall, but the ladies who overnighted got to see the versatility and skill of the chef.
Winners Catherine and Ann won a selection of amazing goodies from the Andalucian Tourist Board and a voucher to stay and play at either Linden Hall or Cardrona Golf Hotel resorts part of the MacDonald chain.
Formby Hall bought a small but perfectly formed group of ladies battling it out for their event
near Liverpool. A purpose built venue for golfers and spa users alike, with the hotel being a simple walk across the car park to the first tee. The weather wasn’t the best as these ladies went about their business with a massive smile on their face and Im sure whisky or something similar in their water bottles? The course did play tough, in fact all three courses in the series have been tough for the ladies, so I guess that pretty much makes it even!
A modern and friendly hotel and staff greeted the ladies with the spa being a hit for the ladies who overnighted the night before and sneaked in a practice round beforehand. A lovely lunch of sandwiches and chips awaited the player after their games. On the day Lydia Brannan made the longest drive leaving a number of ladies quite a ways behind her tee shot on the 7th hole a par 5 428 yard hole off the red tees. The nearest the pin was a tricky shot over the water on the 16th, a par three measuring 126 yards beguiling its actual yardage by a troublesome stretch of water to negotiate. I am pleased a lot of the ladies made the green but the winner on the day was Jean Nanson. Both Jean and Lydia won prizes donated by the Andalucian Tourist Board.
Winners on the day with 38 points were Alice Apel and Jean Nanson of West Lancs and Allerton Manor golf clubs. Well done ladies for winning the great goodies from Andalucia and a voucher to stay and play at any UK Q Hotel.
The purpose of the event is for Breast Cancer Care and we have raised a whopping £863 which is made up of the charity donation for the prize draw of a Sun Mountain Golf bag and the committed contribution we made to the charity from the entry fees received.
The golf bag prize draw was done on the final day at Formby Hall by one of our winners on the day and the winner is Mandy Ellis who was actually present and a participant of the Red Tee Tour at Formby Hall, who took the bag with glee.
Thank you to the host venues : Hallmark Stratford, Murrayshall and Formby Hall; to our prize sponsors: Hallmark Stratford, Linden Hall/Cardrona and Q Hotels and thank you most of all to the Andalucian Tourist Board who helped us fill those great goodie bags and provided wonderful prizes for the ladies
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