WARWICKSHIRE ladies booked their place in the English County Finals with a magnificent victory at Ladbrook Park last week.
A healthy mix of youth and experience helped Warwickshire claim the Midlands South Division title during County Week at the Tanworth-in-Arden based club.
The talented bunch triumphed on each of the five days, beating off strong competition from Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Worcester and Herefordshire to lift the Doris Abraham Trophy.
Savouring her second Midlands South Division title in a row, Captain Bev Belcher praised the team for their efforts.
“The whole team has played exceptionally well all week,” she said.
“There was more pressure on us being on home turf so to remain unbeaten throughout the week has been unbelievable.
“The quality of the golf was magnificent. There is a new breed of county golfer in Warwickshire with some excellent youngsters combined with a few older heads.”
Warwickshire now move onto the national finals at Pleasington Golf Club in Lancashire on September 14.
But Belcher refused to tempt fate by talking up their chances even though the county must now be one of the favourites for the overall title.
“I have not worked so hard as I have over the past two years. I have given my all and the team has given its all. We came third last year and it would be nice to go at least one better than that.
“I have belief in the calibre of the team and if everyone performs to their best, I can ask no more than that.”
Oxfordshire proved the hosts’ fiercest rivals throughout the week but Belcher’s decision to stay with a blend of youth and experience paid off.
Abbey Gittings (Walmley), Charlotte Dalton (Ladbrook Park), Lisa Barton (Coventry) and Howells all triumphed with teenager Ashley Cramond earning an important half in the final day of the singles contest.