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Golf: 60th anniversary of LGU Coronation Foursomes

September 24, 2013

Last week saw the Grand Final of the Peugeot 208 LGU Coronation Foursomes in St Andrews.

From a starting line-up some months ago of 33,000 lady golfers across Great Britain & Ireland, the field was narrowed down through both local and area qualifying to leave 32 ladies, in 16 pairs, making it through to the final at the Eden Course, St. Andrews.


As part of the prize package for reaching the final, each team won a two night stay in the 5-star Old Course Hotel, to be followed with a gala prize giving dinner on the final night in the hotel.

The format is foursomes, where each player takes an alternate shot. In St Andrews for centuries this has been a hugely popular form of the game, including great competitors like Lady Margaret Scott and Issette Pearson. It is also used today in the Curtis Cup and the Solheim Cup.

Shona Malcolm, CEO of the LGU said, “We believe it is probably the most popular ladies amateur foursomes event in the world, representing one sixth of all lady golf club members in Great Britain & Ireland. The field is truly diverse with both low and high handicaps able to compete and win.”

With the breeze swirling, the scores were not expected to be below par but Mary Shawley (handicap 31) and Kate Helm (handicap 30)(both pictured) from Meltham Golf Club in West Yorkshire came home with 40 points, beating the nearest rival by 7 points.

“I can’t believe it. It is like a dream,” said Mary. “I’m floating right now.” And Kate was equally ecstatic. “This is totally brilliant. What an experience and the Old Course Hotel…well, wow.”

Mary was quite intimidated coming into the final but then she said to Kate that they had just as good a chance as anyone else. “I’m just pinching myself,” said Mary. “I can’t wait to tell my grandson who is 5 that we’ve won in St Andrews. It is just very special. This is a big thing for our club and will give everyone a real buzz.”

Kate agreed. “I’d also like to thank the LGU. It really has been a privilege to play. The organisation was fantastic. I’d also like to thank the sponsor Peugeot. What a day. We are simply euphoric. This is what playing golf is all about.” Mary laughed, “I don’t think Tiger Woods could be as happy as we are today if he’d won in St Andrews!”

As winners, Mary and Kate also get to play in the Ricoh Women’s British Open pro-am next year at Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

From 1300 golf clubs taking part, which represents almost half the clubs in the Great Britain and Ireland, the Peugeot 208 LGU Coronation Foursomes has undoubtedly been one of the great amateur success stories of 2013.

The Women’s Sports Magazine

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