Pitts wins Beds Ladies County Championship

Talented teenage golfer Annabel Pitts has won the Bedfordshire Ladies County Championship for the first time.

Saturday, 14th May 2016, 8:16 am
Annabel Pitts with the Beds Ladies Championship Trophy PNL-161105-140528002
Annabel Pitts with the Beds Ladies Championship Trophy PNL-161105-140528002

The event at John O’Gaunt last week comprised 36 holes of medal play with the top 16 qualifying to play knockout scratch 18 hole matchplay.

Annabel, a 17-year-old Beadlow Manor Junior, overcame an inauspicious Thursday morning round to equal the score of the day after lunch with a one over par 75 to see her qualify from the strokeplay phase, to play Nicola Morris from the home club in the round of 16.

A tough encounter followed on the Friday morning with Pitts finally coming through on the second extra hole to set up a quarter final in the afternoon against John O’Gaunt’s Laura Collin. Pitts was always in control of a match which she won by 5&4.

In the semi-final on Saturday morning Pitts came up against Bethany Healey from Bedford & County who was one up on the 14th.

But the Beadlow youngster was not to be denied her second successive final, and a great par putt on the 16th saw the match back to all-square, and another par on the 17th saw Pitts go one up and she held on to win.

In the final against Stephanie Scott of Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands, Pitts lost the first two holes but worked her way back to be one up by the ninth. A great bunker shot on the 10th to secure birdie confirmed the momentum shift, which saw Pitts ease to victory by 5&4.

Pitts will now represent Bedfordshire in the first Ladies Champion of Champions competition at Woodhall Spa.