Autumn Training Days
The second on the County Squad's autumn coaching days was held at Tiverton Golf Club on Sunday, 12th November following the previous session held 2 weeks earlier. The two sessions were specifically structured to short game skills and Tiverton's excellent new short game facilities were a perfect venue. County coach Tiffany MacKenzie had set up a number of putting and chipping skill tests and drills which gave the girls plenty to practice over the winter months, some of which can be done from the comfort of the living room!
Jess Bradley, Devon's own Ladies' European Tour player, kindly attended both sessions and held a question and answer session with the girls. The questions were wide ranging from how difficult was the jump from the amateur ranks to the professional game, course management and planning, practice and fitness schedules, pre and post shot routine, nutrition on and off the course, life at university in America, mental approach to stroke play and match play, life on tour and many more. We thank Jess for her time. A few faces fell when she told us that the food to take on the course was bananas, cereal bars and nuts and definitely not chocolate and Haribos!
After lunch the girls played a competitive 9 hole 3 person team event.
Many thanks to Tiverton Golf Club, Jess Bradley, Tiffany MacKenzie and Sally Charnock for two excellent sessions.
Devon Ladies' 1st Team
Inter Counties Match Week - Monday, 3rd July to Friday, 7th July
Wrag Barn Golf Club, Wiltshire
The following were selected to represent Devon:
Keeley Clarke - Torquay
Lexi Dart - Churston
Caitlin Evans-Brand - Yelverton
Grace Jackson - Exeter
Julia Norman - Exeter
Molly Pavey - Stover
Jo Shorrocks - Bigbury
Evie Stone - East Devon
Abby Turner - Okehampton
Non Travelling Reserves - Emily Morey - East Devon & Meg Rossouw - Yelverton
Selected by Sally Charnock as 1st Team Manager on behalf of the Selection Committee:
Angie Hickey, Chris Longden, Lesley Pascoe and Tiffany MacKenzie
ICMW Team 2017 Reserve Emily Morey - to the rescue!
Click here to see final placing for all counties
Monday - Day 1- Devon v Somerset, Gloucestershire v Dorset & Cornwall v Wiltshire
First up at this year's Inter County Match Week were near neighbours Somerset. Julia Norman & Evie Stone brought home the first points of the week with a 5 & 4 victory. Grace Jackson & Caitlin Evans-Brand were up against an in-form Somerset pair and went down 5 & 4. In the final match Keeley Clarke & Jo Shorrocks went to the 18th where Somerset just edged the contest. Devon went into lunch 2-1 down.
Abby Turner led the way in the afternoon and had the misfortune of coming up against a player firing on all cylinders. Abby lost on the the 16th by which time her opponent had amassed 6 birdies - great golf by both players. Caitlin Evans-Brand was out second out and after a closely fought match finally lost on the 18th 1 down. Molly Pavey put the first point on the board for Devon in the afternoon with a 2-1 victory. Had the tide turned? Jo Shorrocks halved on the 18th and the match score was 4½ to 2½ to Somerset. The last two players out for Devon were the experienced Julia Norman (Exeter) and Keeley Clarke. Both players rose to the challenge with Julia winning 4-3 and Keeley 2 up. Afternoon to Devon - match halved 4½ each.
Click here for full Day 1 Devon v Somerset results.
In the other matches Gloucestershire beat Dorset and Cornwall beat Wiltshire.
Tuesday - Day 2 - Devon v Dorset, Gloucestershire v Wiltshire & Cornwall v Somerset
The team arrived at Wrag Barn determined to go one better than yesterday and achieve a match win for Devon. The morning foursomes finished all square after a win for Julia Norman & Evie Stone, a half for Abby Turner & Molly Pavey and a loss for Caitlin Evans-Brand & Grace Jackson. The half was achieved by winning the 18th hole, the momentum at lunch was with the Devon team. This momentum was maintained in the afternoon singles, which the Devon girls won 5 matches to 1.
The result 6½ to 2½ to Devon - great golf from Devon and we hope for more tomorrow against Gloucestershire.
Grace & Caitlin enjoying the day
In the other matches Gloucestershire beat Wiltshire and Cornwall beat Somerset.
Evie Stone's winning Foursomes putt on Day 2
Click here to view full Day 2 Devon v Dorset results.
Wednesday, Day 3-Devon v Gloucestershire, Cornwall v Dorset & Somerset v Wiltshire
The team woke to wall to wall sunshine and, after yesterdays solid win, the team were in upbeat mood ready to take on today's opponents Gloucestershire. The first pair off were Julia Norman & Evie Stone and after parring the first two holes they took the lead, which they never relinquished and closed the match out on the 17th. Abby Turner & Molly Pavey were pairing number 2 and they also took an early lead which they never lost. Their cause was helped by Abby hitting tee shots on 2 par 3s within inches. They won on 16th 4-2. The anchor pair of Keeley Clarke & Jo Shorrocks went down early due to some tremendous Gloucestershire putting and, although they pulled it back to 1 down as they left the 14th tee, they lost on the 16th hole.
At lunch it was Devon 2 Gloucestershire 1.
It was a hard day at the office this afternoon for the Devon team as Gloucestershire proved why they are National Champions. The standard of golf played in all 6 singles matches was extremely high with birdies and eagles to the fore. All matches except one finished on the 16th or 17th. There were positives for the Devon team, besides the standard of golf they showed great team spirit and temperament. We will regroup overnight and be ready for Cornwall tomorrow.
At the end of the day's play it was Devon 2 Gloucester 7.
In the other matches Cornwall beat Dorset and Somerset beat Wiltshire.
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Molly Pavey & Abby Turner at Wrag Barn GC
Thursday, Day 4 Devon v Cornwall, Somerset v Gloucester & Wiltshire v Cornwall
After a good night's sleep the team were ready for the next tough match against Cornwall. Illness in the camp had resulted in the call up of reserve Emily Morey. The morning foursomes saw 2 new pairings in Julia Norman & Molly Pavey and Grace Jackson & Lexi Dart. Their matches were very close with Julia and Molly halving on 18 and Grace and Lexi losing on 18. The morning was 2½ to ½ to Cornwall but the margins are so small at this level.
The afternoon singles were shared 3 a piece. Keeley Clarke brought home the first point with a convincing 5-4 victory. The second point came courtesy of Emily Morey who had driven up from Devon this morning - a great effort from Emily. Then it was nail biter time, 1 down on the 17th tee Lexi Dart embraced the energy from the growing number of spectators and won the final 2 holes. 3-3 but again margins so small. Abby lost on 17 and Evie lost on 18. Although it was a loss the girls should be very proud of their play.
In other matches Gloucestershire beat Somerset and Wiltshire beat Dorset.
Cornwall and Gloucestershire are riding high at the end of Day 4. Devon and Somerset are neck and neck with Wiltshire and Dorset bringing up the rear.
Click here for Devon Day 4 Results
Click here for End of Day 4 Results
Friday Day 5 Devon v Wiltshire Gloucestershire v Cornwall Somerset v Dorset
The last day on the 2017 ICMW and Devon were playing hosts Wiltshire. Wiltshire's week had been given a boost the day before when they gained their first point of the week as they defeated Dorset. The morning foursomes saw the trusted pairings of Julia Norman & Evie Stone and Abby Turner & Molly Pavey and the exciting new combination of County Champion Keeley Clarke and Churston youngster Lexi Dart. The first pair of Julia & Evie took a few holes to find their form and having gone three holes down by the 8th turned the math around winning 2-1 on the 17th. Keeley & Lexi and Molly & Abby were never troubled and won 6-5 and 7-5 respectively.
It was a very happy lunch with a 3 game lead in the bag.
The afternoon singles also went Devon's way with wins for Keeley, Lexi, Abby and Evie. Molly's match finished on the 18th and Emily wasn't able to repeat her victory of the previous day.
In other matches Gloucestershire beat Cornwall and Somerset beat Dorset.
The week finished with Gloucestershire as SW Champions. Devon finished in third place on games won from Somerset who had the same number of points.
Click here for Devon's Day 5 Results
Practice Match at Woodbury Park- Sunday, 23rd April 2017
Eleven members of the county squad met at Woodbury Park on Sunday 23rd April for a foursomes match. The number of players participating was down due the demands of public exams, the clash of a national college golf event and injury. It was a valuable session as it enabled the management team to look at foursomes pairings for the forth coming season. The standard of golf was very high but everyones concentration was tested by what was going on close by on Woodbury Common. The billowing smoke from the fire was clearly seen and the sound of fire engines and helicopters were clearly heard. All players played 17 holes but we were greeted by the sight of fire service vehicles being reversed towards the lake on the 18th and hoses being unrolled. The lake was going to provide a water supply to fight what turned out to be the 100 acre fire on the common. The hotel had been evacuated although the clubhouse was still open. Match abandoned!
Coaching Event at Woodbury Park
On Saturday 11th March DCLGA County Squad members were invited by Devon Golf Ltd to attend a coaching event at Woodbury Park. The day consisted of two talks one by Andy Lamour, a physiotherapist who has worked at England Golf and with a number of tour professionals, and the other by John Bickerton an ex European Tour player. Both talks were very interesting giving an insight into what it is like to be on tour and helpful tips to help players of all abilities. John then held a short game clinic. Unfortunately he had a shoulder injury so Gary Milne, the DG Ltd County Coach, stepped up and hit the shots John was describing.
The players were also able to go on the Srixon Tour Bus and have the lofts and lies of their clubs measured and new grips put on their clubs.
The DCLGA would like to thank Devon Golf Ltd, Srixon and Woodbury Park for a very enjoyable and informative day
County Squad Assessment Days
County Squad Assessment Days were held at Saunton Golf Club on the 5th and 12th February 2017. Tiffany MacKenzie, the County Coach, had arranged well structured and organised days. The morning session on each day comprised of a putting skills challenge, a short game skills challenge, Trackman Data Collection & long range pitching skills. After a quick lunch the players played 9 holes of stroke play golf. All these tasks were competitive with token prizes for each challenge. Valuable information was collected and will provide the basis for the coaching days to follow.
It was dry but rather chilly!