Tingley golfer Becky O’Grady has narrowly missed out on the American Golf Ladies Championship national title. Taking on qualifiers from all over the UK and Ireland with playing partner Sarah Chapman from Rochdale, the pair secured a third place finish at 4 time Ryder Cup venue the Belfry.
The pair, who play their golf at Howley Hall Golf Club and Wath Golf Club respectively, put in a fantastic display of golf over 3 days of competition, only narrowly missing out on the title. They qualified for the final stages by finishing first in the seeding rounds. They then took on fourth place qualifiers Orla McGuinness and Kay Farrell from Swords Golf Club near Dublin. The semi final went down to the wire before the Irish pair took the win, sending Becky and Sarah into the third place play off.
With 3rd place still on the line, Becky and Sarah took on Kathryn Naylor and Suzie Hedges over 9 holes of matchplay golf. They came together well in the play-off, securing victory along with 3rd place. After the final match Becky reflected on the day’s golf, “We played well all day really. This morning we didn’t drop a shot.” But with a note of honesty Sarah added in, “I was indifferent really but Becky played really well.”
Despite disappointment at not progressing further, both players enjoyed the event laid on by American Golf. Becky said, “It’s the first time we’ve done this competition with the final here and it’s been really good. American Golf have put a really good event on.“ Sarah wasn’t sure though if she’d be back for more next year, saying, “I don’t think I can take the drama of it all!
After seeing the championship come to a close, Daniel Gathercole, Director of Marketing and Communications at American Golf commented, “Every pair that went out over the past 3 days did so with a smile on their face and Becky and Sarah were clearly having a fantastic time. From the top to the bottom of the leaderboard we’ve seen some great golf and some wonderful friendships forged. I get a huge amount of pleasure from helping to put the American Golf Championships on as they really do show golf to be a wonderful game for men, women, juniors and families together. The Ladies Championship this year has had everything we hoped for and I’m delighted to have been a part of the competition and fun had by the winners and every other player who has taken part.”
All of the Championship finals will be shown on Sky Sports this month and November. The American Golf Events series is a vital part of American Golf’s drive to get more people out playing golf more often. In its fourth year, the Championships go from strength to strength and with the quality of golf and personality on show through this year’s qualifiers and finals, golf with American Golf has a very bright future.