Ladies National at Bonnyton hailed a success

The Bonnyton Ladies Golf team.
The Bonnyton Ladies Golf team.

It was a first for Bonnyton Golf Club as it hosted the Ladies National for the first time in the competition’s 22-year history last month.

The event was declared a triumph by the 84 players from 12 competing teams from the UK and the Republic of Ireland and their 100 supporters and caddies.

Bonnyton Ladies have a small section who worked tirelessly over the past few months with wonderful support from the board and members to make sure visitors were given a fantastic Scottish welcome.

Some 116 guests attended a delicious pre-tournament dinner at the club where guests were welcomed by a piper and were then treated to a party atmosphere full of fun, laughter and song.

Stewart MacDonald, Bonnyton’s head greenkeeper, and his staff did a superb job of presenting the golf course and making sure it was ready for the competition after the long, cold and wet winter.

The sun shone from the minute the tournament started on Thursday, right through the day, and the magnificent golf course, with it’s beautiful views, was the backdrop to some really fantastic golf.

The star of the day was Judy Byrne Murray, from Edmondstown, Dublin who won the Singles Gross Trophy with a stunning score of 81.

Judy has been battling cancer for the last few years but it hasn’t stopped her from playing amazing golf and being an inspiration to all who know her.

Edmondstown also won the Combined Singles & Fourball Nett, the Team Singles Nett, the Team Fourball Nett and the Team Nett Trophy.

Coombe Hill won the Team Gross Trophy and Dyrham Park won the Evelyn Berman Trophy for the Team Gross runners-up.

Coombe Hill also won the Singles Gross runner-up, Dyrham Park the Fourball Gross runners-up and the combined singles and fourball Gross.

Other trophies were also won by Hartsbourne, Dunham Forest, Moor Allerton

The host club, Bonnyton, won the Fourball Nett Runners-up. Full results can be viewed on www.ladiesnational.com.

Ladies National chairman Marilyn Levenesaid: “This Ladies National will go down in history as one of the most memorable events in the ladies’ golfing calendar!

“From the moment we arrived at the club on Tuesday, right through to the end on Thursday afternoon, we were treated to the most wonderful Scottish hospitality that no-one will ever forget.”

Bonnyton’s Lady Captain Lisa Cohen said: “We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to showcase the very best of Scottish hospitality and are over the moon to be able to provide an event to remember for all the right reasons.

“I am so proud of everyone at Bonnyton who went the extra mile and to our team for winning a trophy.”

The teams this year were Abridge, Bonnyton, Coombe Hill, Dyrham Park, Dunham Forest, Edmondstown, Hartsbourne, Lee Park, Moor Allerton, Shirley, Combined Societies and Whitefield.

The competition is staged alternately in London and the Provinces and next year it will be held at Whitefield Golf Club in Manchester on Thursday, May 16.