Buckinghamshire: Ladies County Championship

Buckinghamshire Ladies champion Daisy Kennedy (left) and Ciara Egan (runner-up)

A victory with extra significance for battling Daisy

BUCKS: Monday May 24th

Daisy Kennedy’s capture of the Buckinghamshire Ladies County Championship at Denham Golf Club yesterday (Sunday) represented something extra special.

The junior girls international player has been fighting serious health issues since the end of 2018 when she suffered three strokes just weeks after being diagnosed with a debilitating stomach condition.

It meant she barely played in 2019 and last year but the Harewood Downs golfer is in a much better place now and showed her class as she claimed the county title for a second time with a one-hole victory over Ciara Egan (Woburn).

In fact the 19-year-old, who represented England at U-16s level in 2018, was never behind in any of her four matchplay ties and in her quarter-final and semi-final matches was four up through four holes.

The final was a lot a tighter with Ciara winning back-to-back holes around the turn to level up the match after Daisy had taken an early lead.

But the Woburn golfer could never get her nose in front and her county colleague claimed the 16th to go back ahead and the final two holes were halved.

The eventual champion finished eighth in the 36-hole strokeplay qualifier, which was won by Woburn’s Lily Robinson, who set a course record playing off the blue tees with a second-round 72.

However she fell foul of the fast-starting Daisy in their last eight clash while there was a great effort from 15-year-old six-handicapper Lulu Leetham (Buckingham), who reached the last four despite only managing to qualify in 15th, 28 shots behind the leader.

Matchplay qualifiers (par 71)
1) Lily Robinson (2, Woburn) 77, 72, 149
2) Rosie Bee Kim (-1, The Buckinghamshire) 76, 73, 149
3) Alice Kozlowski (-1, Ellesborough) 75, 74, 149
4) Olivia Lee (-1 Gerrards Cross) 79, 77, 156
5) Ella Butteriss (0, Beaconsfield) 77, 79, 156
6) Ciara Egan (1, Woburn) 75, 84, 159
7) Rachel Mackinlay (2, Stoke Park) 81, 80, 161
8) Daisy Kennedy (0, Harewood Downs) 79, 82, 161
9) Amelia Curtis (-2, Stoke Park) 78, 83, 161
10) Katie Reid (5, Stoke Park) 81, 81, 162
11) Denise Goodacre (5, Burnham Beeches) 83, 83, 166
12) Grace Rigby-Walden (2, Gerrards Cross) 83, 87, 170
13) Anna Symons (2, Harleyford) 76, 95 171
14) Sally Richards (7, Denham) 89, 83, 172
15) Lulu Leetham (6, Buckingham) 92, 85, 177
16) Georgia Lloyd (6, Buckingham) 93, 85, 178
Matchplay Results – Last 16
Lily Robinson beat Georgia Lloyd 5&3
Daisy Kennedy beat Amelia Curtis 3&2
Grace Rigby-Walden beat Ella Butteriss 2 holes
Olivia Lee beat Anna Symons 5&3
Alice Kozlowski beat Sally Richards 2&1
Ciara Egan beat Denise Goodacre 4&3
Rachel MacKinlay beat Katie Reid 5&4
Lulu Leetham beat Rosie Bee Kim on 20th 
Quarter-finals
Kennedy beat Robinson 4&2
Rigby-Walden beat Lee 2&1
Egan beat Kozlowski on 19th
Leetham beat MacKinlay on 20th
Semi-finals
Kennedy beat Rigby-Walden 5&3
Egan beat Leetham 1 hole
Final
Kennedy beat Egan 1 hole
2021 Bucks county champion Daisy Kennedy with the 1965 winner Barbara Fox (nee Dutton)