Hampshire Ladies’ success paves way for others

Hampshire's ladies' team, from left: Annabel Silk, Aimee Ponte, Kerry Smith, Mags Clark, Georgie Mundy, Sarah Bradshaw, Emma Allen, Charlotte Barrow
Hampshire's ladies' team, from left: Annabel Silk, Aimee Ponte, Kerry Smith, Mags Clark, Georgie Mundy, Sarah Bradshaw, Emma Allen, Charlotte Barrow
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Mags Clark is hopeful the success of the Hampshire Ladies team will inspire a new generation of youngsters.

The county side breezed past Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Middlesex and into the England Golf National Finals in September with Annabel Silk and Georgie Mundy (Corhampton), Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) and Emma Allen (Meon Valley) in their ranks. While Clark admits it has been tough to attract girls to the sport in recent times, she believes a new scheme – involving Tournerbury professional Kevin Flynn – will bring in more numbers after leaving the County Academy Programme.

The captain said: ‘We were in a low state, especially trying to get young girls into golf.

‘We were at the bottom of the cycle, I hope.

‘We’ve put some plans in place this year, which should hopefully bode well for the future to get more girls into golf and to coach them.

‘Not everybody stays and there are lots of other sports we are competing with.

‘But there was a structured way of doing things coming down from England Golf. It wasn’t working for us.

‘We weren’t getting the numbers in.

‘Now we have come out of the County Academy Programme and we have a new scheme going.

‘We hope our own plans will bring us back on track.

‘And it also helps when our team does so well.’

Clark was delighted with her troops in the county week and felt more emphasis on the foursomes format played a vital part.

She said: ‘We are thrilled. The big difference was we weren’t playing catch-up from the foursomes.

‘We were often trailing and had to try to come back.

‘So we practised that format a bit more in our warm-up games this time and it paid off.

‘I don’t know how we will do at the finals but we’ll be going there with positive thoughts.

‘There is a great team spirit and they battle to the end.’

For more information on trying the sport or attending coaching sessions, visit the website at hampshireladiesgolf.co.uk