The weather defied predictions and cooperated on finals day at the 2020 Middlesex County Championship. In the men's semi finals it was Niall Keogh Vs James Ellis and Gary Clark Vs Ross Dickson. In the women's semi-finals it was Julia Kerrigan Vs Luara Bonar 1and Priyanka Parmar Vs Gemma Allman.
Julia Kerrigan played solid golf to win 5&3 while Priyanka Parmar lost an early lead to find herself 1dn going down 18. Both women found trouble off the tee and a bogey was good enough to see Gemma through the final. The men's semi finals were tight for the first nine holes but Ross Dickson began to pull away from Gary Clark and eventually won 4&3 with an impressive back nine. James Ellis also had a quick finish to beat medallist Niall Keogh 2&1. So, the finals were set. In the men's final it was Ross Dickson Vs James Ellis and in the women's final it was Julia Kerrigan Vs Gemma Allman.
Julia had a hot start and found herself 2up through two but she was pegged back and was only 1up at the turn. Ross Dickson found also had a narrow 1up lead after 9 and extended his lead with two superb shots into the par 5 11th to set up a two putt birdie. Some nerves began to show as errant shot on the par 3 13th and another on the par 4 14th so Ross's lead disappear. James won the 15th with a par 3 and the 16th and 17th were halved in bogey fives. Two fine shots into the hear of the 18th sealed the championship for James as he won the Amateur Challenge Cup. It was nip and tuck between Julia and Gemma all day and Gemma found herself 1up standing on the 16th tee. Julia then stepped on the gas and produced some championship winning shots. An eagle on the par 5 gave levelled the match and then on the short 17th both women went for the green. Gemma was pin high in the greenside bunker and Julia found the back of the putting surface. Julia chipped off the tight green to 3ft and tapped in for a birdie that Gemma was unable to match. A regulation par 4 on the last gave Julia the title.
We would like to thank Northwood GC for allowing the County the use of the course and presenting it in such immaculate condition, the spectators for supporting the event, the volunteers and referees who give their time and effort so willingly, the catering staff for outstanding service and lunches, and of the course the players for putting on the show!