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PING Grand Final glory for Denise and Sarah  
17th September 2013

PING Grand Final glory for Denise and Sarah  

Denise Page (left) and Sarah Dawson (Image © Leaderboard Photography)

Yorkshire golfers Denise Page and Sarah Dawson kept a promise to themselves when they won today's Grand Final of the PING Fourball Betterball Tournament at Gainsborough in Lincolnshire.

Last year the pair from Willow Valley finished sixth at the Grand Final and vowed that they would return and do better. “We came back with the intention of trying to do better – and shocked ourselves!” they laughed. 

They opened their account with a birdie on the first and scored 43 stableford points. They were two points clear of their closest challengers, Cheryl Shepperson and Pat Holloway of Derbyshire and another Yorkshire pair, Val Swales and Pauline Bramley.

They came through an initial entry of around 17,500 women from 825 clubs who entered this year's competition, which is run by England Golf. The top 60 pairs in the country qualified for the Grand Final while the next 72 pairs went through to yesterday's Plate Final.

“It hasn't sunk in,” said Denise, who has cut her handicap four shots this year to 15. “It's a great achievement and one which will last for a long time,” added Sarah, a six-handicapper who played for Yorkshire and England as a girl.

She took a break from golf for eight years to bring up her family, before returning to the game two years ago.  

All Grand Finalists received a PING golf bag, a pair of ECCO shoes and a PING Collection voucher while the winners will received prizes to the retail value of £400, the second placed players to the value of £200, third placed players £100, fourth placed players £75, fifth placed players £50 and sixth placed players to the value of £30.

“The prizes are very generous,” said Denise. “But even if you don't win you have a wonderful day and receive great gifts.”

43 Denise Page & Sarah Dawson (Willow Valley)
41 Cheryl Shepperson & Pat Holloway (Ormonde Fields), Val Swales & Pauline Bramley (Hallamshire)
39 Karen Lindsey & Beverley Dolman (Gorstyhill)
38 Kathy Donohoe & Sang Porter (Chichester), Lynda Thorpe & Carole-Ann Lennon (Richmond, Yorkshire)

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Notes for Readers:-
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative ‘Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming ‘The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

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