Historic county win for ladies

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Dumfriesshire beat Aberdeenshire 5–4 in the title decider on the final day at Aboyne Golf Club on Sunday to be crowned Scottish Women’s County champions for the first time since the South champions were admitted to the finals in the 1970s.

Dumfriesshire gained what proved to be the decisive edge by taking the morning foursomes 2–1. Aberdeenshire needed to take the six singles by a two-point margin to overturn the deficit and win the title for the first time since 1986.

With three singles to finish, the overall score was level at 3–3 with Aberdeenshire ahead in two of the ties still to be settled. Shire county champion Sammy Leslie, one up after 14 on Jordana Graham, could not hold her opponent at bay over the closing holes and Graham’s one-hole victory tipped the scales in Dumfriesshire’s favour.

Mirren Fraser, only 17, got the winning fifth point by beating Carol Wilson 4&2, and Dumfriesshire could afford to lose the last singles tie to finish, Donna Pocock beating Katie Malcolm junior by one hole.

The star players of the tournament with six wins out of six apiece were the Dumfriesshire pair of Gemma Batty and her foursomes partner Jordana Graham. Mirren Fraser was not far behind with 5.5 points out of six.

There are only 10 golf clubs in Dumfriesshire’s selection area, making their achievement all the more impressive. Midlothian finished third, thanks to a 5.5–3.5 win over Dunbartonshire and Argyll.