Stokes stars get set for National Nines grand final

Gosport & Stokes Bay ladies' team (yellow) celebrate success in the National Nines final. The team are Sarah Evans, left, Sarah Greenaway, third left, and Ann- Marie Ferguson, second right (2011)
Gosport & Stokes Bay ladies' team (yellow) celebrate success in the National Nines final. The team are Sarah Evans, left, Sarah Greenaway, third left, and Ann- Marie Ferguson, second right (2011)
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Members of Gosport & Stokes Bay Golf Club are eyeing national success.

Both their men’s and women’s teams have clinched a place at the National Nines grand final in Les Ormes, Jersey in September.

The ladies are celebrating knockout success in the matchplay tournament for English clubs.

Sarah Greenaway, Sarah Evans, Ann-Marie Ferguson and Ann Parker teamed up to beat Bushey 3-0 in the final hosted by Boars Head Golf Club in East Sussex.

And their reward will be to face the cream of the Scottish and Channel Islands entries in the finale.

Meanwhile, the club’s men triumphed in the National Nines regional round played on home turf.

The winners of all the rounds – played to a stableford format with three players in a team – now travel to Les Ormes to battle for overall glory.

Gavin Evans, Cliff Evans and Vinny Emmence were the triumphant trio, whose combined stableford total of 93 gave them victory by five points from club-mates Graham Urry, Alex Richie and John Evans.

Greenaway, a member of the winning Gosport & Stokes Bay ladies, was delighted with her team’s success.

And she admitted both victories are a feather in the cap for the club.

‘It’s great for Gosport & Stokes and nice for them to have some publicity, as things have been difficult,’ said Greenaway.

‘We are delighted with the success ourselves.

‘It was our third year taking part and if you get knocked out you go into what is called “plates” – a runners-up tournament – and last year we got to the final of that and lost.’

‘So this year we’ve gone one better!’

National Nines is a tournament set up purely for golf clubs with just nine holes.

‘It’s a competition that all of the nine-hole golf clubs in the UK can join,’ said Greenaway.

‘You pay to enter and then the women play a knockout between all the teams. I think there was about 70 in total.

‘The ladies’ one is done slightly differently to the men’s – ours’ is all summer, whereas they compete over just one day.

‘But we’ve both won which now means we go into the big final in Jersey.’

And Greenaway can’t wait for the grand finale for more than one reason.

‘At the final our husbands are going to caddy for us,’ she laughed.

‘We get our flights and a four-day stay in Jersey paid for, the only bad thing is we have to take our other halves with us!

‘We have to pay for them because they’re not free!

‘We’re looking forward to it though.’