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Canterbury Golf Club's top players beaten by a group of schoolgirls

A team of schoolgirls put many of Canterbury Golf Club’s top players in the shade when they cruised to victory in Monday’s Texas Scramble.

Sisters Christina and Georgina, aged nine and 11, 14-year-old Claudia Carlotti and Elsie Miller, 11, scored a superb one over par gross 72, net 47, from a combined shot allowance of 25, to win by three from Hugh Burton, David Simmons, Anthony Dance and Phillip Thorne who had nine shots but missed out despite scoring nine birdies in a gross 59.

Bank Holiday Monday’s Texas Scramble at Canterbury Golf Club was won by a group of schoolgirls
Bank Holiday Monday’s Texas Scramble at Canterbury Golf Club was won by a group of schoolgirls

The Texas Scramble format dictates that every player must have at least four counting tee shots and players then take turns at the following shots.

And the girls fully deserved their victory from the moment Christina fired her first drive 160 yards up the middle to set up an opening birdie.

The girls then racked up 11 pars, four bogeys and just one double on the 17 available holes for a famous win.

Team captain Claudia said: "Christina absolutely smashed a drive down the middle at the 1st to about 100 yards from the green and then Georgina holed a putt for the birdie, which we were all pretty excited about.

"It’s amazing really but we thought we might win after going level par for the first nine holes."

Tony Rubbo and Richard Hinds were perfect strangers as they won the Bill Cryer Trophy greensomes medal on Sunday morning, by one shot from Keith Nicholls and Ken Small, in a field of 37 teams.

Rubbo and Hinds had never met before but dovetailed perfectly to score a stunning net 58 (net 76), five over par gross, receiving 18 shots.

New member Rubbo is no stranger to winning trophies at Ashford GC but this was his first at Canterbury and Hinds said: "It’s my first win anywhere - in 30 years of golf."

They scored nine pars, seven bogeys and a double at the 13th, to win by one from Nicholls and Small.

Tony said: "We are delighted and being a new member makes it even better. Richard and I were total strangers and obviously we clicked."

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