Olivia Jackson comes home in triumph at Pannal as she wins the Yorkshire ladies championship

Olivia Jackson (Pannal) with the Yorkshire ladies championship trophy.
Olivia Jackson (Pannal) with the Yorkshire ladies championship trophy.
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PANNAL'S Olivia Jackson used home advantage to maximum effect to become the new Yorkshire ladies champion.

Jackson beat Emma Brown, of Malton & Norton - three times winner of the event - by 2&1 in the final over her home course.

She had begun her journey to the last match play stage with a 3&2 victory over Deborah Henery (Hickleton), followed with a 5&4 triumph against Ganton's Sarah Gilmore and then had her toughest tussle of the competition before beating Woodsome Hall's Nicola Slater one up in the semi-final.

Brown, champion in 2000, 2002 and 2013, also won her semi-final by the narrowest of margins, beating reigning champion Megan Garland (Selby).

Earlier she had got past Sand Moor's Toni-Louise Naylor 2&1 and Lightcliffe's Hannah Holden by an emphatic 8&6.

Jackson lifted the Armada Dish, the championship gold medal and champion's brooch while Brown's spoils were the Harland Trophy and championship silver medal. Brown also won the prize for best morning round, 72, which was also the lowest gross score for the two rounds for which she was awarded the Ethel Hartley Trophy.

Beaten match play semi-finalists Slater and Garland received bronze medals and Slater also won the prize for the best afternoon qualifying round, 74.

North Region ladies' champion Slater had led the 36-hole stroke play qualification stage on 149 (75 74) to win the Elliott Trophy for best gross score over the two rounds.

Holden also totalled 149 (73 76) and lost out to Slater only on countback.

Eventual champion Jackson was fourth-highest qualifier (76 77), three shots better than defeated finalist Brown (72 84).

An 18-hole competition held on the last day of the championship by the Yorkshire Ladies County Golf Association saw Hull's Alison Clark lift the award for best gross score with a 78, three shots better than runner-up Tracey Batty (Otley).

Tankersley Park's Cath Lake had only a one-shot margin as she produced the best net round of 75, just besting Abigail Taylor (Headingley).