Yorkshire golf: Smee shaves three shots off Hessle course record with four-birdie 72

Hessle's Abigail Smee.
Hessle's Abigail Smee.
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HESSLE junior captain Abigail Smee set a new ladies’ course record at her home club during the President’s medal.

The 17-year-old broke the 11-year-old mark of 75 by three shots.

She began with a birdie at the first and by the fourth was two under.

She gave a shot back at the next and two more bogeys followed at holes 14 and 15, but, unperturbed, she birdied both 16 and 18 for her one-under-par 72.

The ladies’ course measures 5,585 yards and the previous record was set on May 25, 2004 by Rosie Hickie with a gross 75.

Smee, who plays off a handicap of three, is in the England Golf regional training squad.

She also plays for the Yorkshire girls’ junior team and the Yorkshire Ladies’ B team.

Next August she will head to Western Kentucky University in the USA to do a business degree on a full scholarship.

Smee won the Division One medal by two shots from Dianne Kingswood (80-9-71) with Rosemary Briscall third (89-13-76).

Abigail’s younger sister Jessica won the President’s junior medal with a gross 78 net 73.

The Division Two medal went to Sandra Calam (88-20-68) who finished a full six shots clear of Joan Cormack (96-22-74). Third was Janet Burton (95-21-74).

Division Three winner was Dorothy Warwick (116-36-80), who won by two from Margaret Kidd (113-31-82) and three from Sheila Muress (113-30-83).

Men’s 6- and 7-day members’ midweek medal was won by Damien Johnson (78-11-67). Luke Ashford had the best gross round with a 77.

The 5-day members’ medal saw James Kelly come out on top with a net 74 off a handicap of nine.

Nick Fairbank and Paul Russell won the President’s better ball medal with a 61.

Nearest the pin prize was taken by Alistair Brown.