Yorkshire golf: Huddersfield GC's Pat Wrightson wins her eighth YVLGA crown

2016 YVLGA champion Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield GC) receives her trophy from the association's captain Carolyn Kirk.
2016 YVLGA champion Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield GC) receives her trophy from the association's captain Carolyn Kirk.

ENGLAND senior women's captain Pat Wrightson, of Huddersfield GC, has won the Yorkshire Veteran Ladies Golf Association's Championship for the eighth time in 15 attempts.

She defeated Richmond GC's Karen Jobling 3&2 in the final at Ganton GC, the pair defying heavy, squally showers to produce a fine contest.

YVLGA runner-up at Ganton GC, Karen Jobling (Richmond GC), with the association's captain Carolyn Kirk.

YVLGA runner-up at Ganton GC, Karen Jobling (Richmond GC), with the association's captain Carolyn Kirk.

The match was all square through 13 holes before Wrightson made two excellent pars in a hail storm and gusting wind to lead two up.

On the 16th, Jobling's approach shot found a bunker and led to a concession of the hole and the match, allowing the Huddersfield player to add an eighth crown to her two runner-up finishes in the event.

The morning semi-finals had been played in bright sunshine after early morning fog and saw Jobling face the defending Julie Wheeldon, of Wakefield GC.

Wheeldon did not give up her title without a fight, but eventually succumbed 2&1.

Northern Foursomes champion Carol Simpson (Malton & Norton GC) went down by the same score to Wrightson in the second semi-final.

Jobling, Wrighton and Wheeldon will be among seven Yorkshire competitors taking part in the English senior women’s championship at Ross-on-Wye GC from May 10-13.

The event – the first of the England Golf championship season - has attracted a strong field of over 100 of the country’s leading women golfers aged 50 and over.

Also representing Yorkshire will be Sand Moor GC's Helen Duckett, Ganton GC's Laraine Hague and Hallamshire GC duo Pauline Bramley and Val Swales.

Read a full report on the stroke play qualifying and early match play stages at Ganton by clicking here