Yorkshire golf: White Rose trio through to England Golf Grand Medal Final

Waterton Park's Toni-Louise Naylor, left, and Crow Nest Park's Veronica Whitehill.
Waterton Park's Toni-Louise Naylor, left, and Crow Nest Park's Veronica Whitehill.
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THREE Yorkshire players have claimed a place in the England Golf Grand Medal Final via the North Region qualifying event at Lancaster.

Crow Nest Park's Veronica Whitehill and Toni-Louise Naylor, of Waterton Park, both shot net 76 while Selby's Susan Matchett carded a 78.

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Cheshire's Joanne Beech (Runcorn) led the 10 qualifiers with a net score of level-par 75.

Twelve-handicapper Whitehill launched her successful bid to reach the final with two birdies in the first two holes, and had two equal inward and outward halves of 44.

Naylor, who recently set a new ladies' course record of 70 at Waterton Park, looked to be just on the borderline with two holes to play, but birdied them both.

She had five birdies in all in her gross 79, including two in her first three holes.

Matchett, also off 12, overcame the setback of opening with a double bogey to play steady golf for her gross 86.

All the regional finalists had returned the best four scores at their club in the England Golf Medals during 2015.

Whitehill, Naylor and Matchett and the other seven players advancing from Lancaster will compete with the other qualifiers from five other regional finals at the Grand Medal Final at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire on Thursday, August 11.

The Grand Final will be a feature of Golf Week, staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.