The 2016 Peugeot LGU Coronation Foursomes champions are Enid Gott and Karen Hughes of Wike Ridge, Leeds Golf Centre, who amassed a superb 44 points in the handicap stableford event on the Eden Course, St Andrews, finishing five ahead of nearest challengers, Max Bourn and Josie Brown of Arkley.
Enid, who plays off 18, and Karen, off 13, took control of the Grand Final after returning 23 points for the front nine and they continued to pile on the points, avoiding every bunker on the course on a benign day.
Enid said: “To become champions at St Andrews is surreal and amazing. I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet. The whole experience has been an absolute joy. There’s been such a warm ambience, all the ladies were so friendly.”
Karen said: “I’m speechless, for me that’s quite novel! We came here to have a nice time, to just enjoy it. We were blessed with amazing weather and had a fabulous round, good craic, and great playing partners.”
Enid and Karen have also won the right to play in the pro-am at next year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns.
Karen said: “We got giddy when we won the regional final and found out we were coming here, to know we were playing in St Andrews – it’s like: wow! – but it’s not over yet, it’s a prize that keeps on giving.”
The 2016 Coronation Foursomes attracted entries from 1210 clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland and featured 27,250 competitors.
Players move through local and regional qualifying until sixteen pairs emerge to battle it out at the Home of Golf.
Diane Bailey, MBE, President of the Ladies’ Golf Union, noted a continuing rise in entries for the competition.
“Holding the final at St Andrews really has an impact and to finish up here is incredible. This event brings people through from all the golf clubs.”
Sally Sparrow of sponsors Peugeot, who have been associated with the event for 15 years, was delighted by the success of the tournament.
“We are proud to be associated with the Coronation Foursomes and it is a privilege to be here. All the ladies have said what a great event it is. It is unique.”
All 32 finalists spent two nights at the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, which hosted the Grand Final dinner to wind up the event in great style.