Since May 2021 Catalina Ladies have been competing on a one-on-one basis, to challenge for the Matchplay Championships in each Division. Not only are normal golf skills required in this format, nerves of steel and appropriate strategies are needed to react to your opponent’s successes and failures. Matchplay is a balancing act. Relax too much your opponent may take the advantage, fall behind and you will feel the pressure and make mistakes.
Our final six players took control of their nerves and played their respective matches on Monday, 9 August last with the following results:
Division 1- Between Margaret Dickinson & Sophie Eppelstun
An epic battle ensued with superb exhibitions of skill and perseverance by both players. Margaret was two up at the 16th hole, however Sophie won the next two holes, making it all square at the 18th. Play continued for a further six holes, with Margaret finally succeeding on the 24th. Congratulations Margaret and well done to Sophie. As one of our youngest members, Sophie has a bright golfing future.
Above: Sophie Eppelstun and Division 1 Matchplay Champion – Margaret Dickinson.
Division 2 – Between Ngaire Durnan & Sue Demamiel
Again, an exciting match. On the 16th hole Ngaire was two down with two to play. Sue held it all together to win the next hole. Sue is relatively new to golf and her ability over the past year has resulted in several wins in her grade. Congratulations Sue and commiserations Ngaire.
Above: Division 2 Matchplay Champion – Sue Demamiel
Division 3- Between Julie Gercken and Susan Bourke
Julie took control of the match early in the game however Susan dug deep determined not let her opponent romp home. Putting skills defined the outcome. By the 16th hole play concluded with Julie winning three up with two to play. Congratulations Julie and well done to Susan.
Above: Division 3 Matchplay Champion – Julie Gercken with Susan Bourke
Special thanks to Jo Neal, Eileen Davis and Helen Bunsell who refereed each of the matches and to the supporters who cheered the players on. And, not forgetting the rest of the twenty-four Ladies who contributed by qualifying and playing in the Championships, your efforts whether win or lose, are much appreciated.