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Nizels Golf and Country Club set sights on Annodata UK Golf Club Classic glory

Six golfers from Nizels Golf and Country Club in Tonbridge are off to Spain after reaching the grand finals of a UK-wide competition.

Nikki Jones, Carol Turl, Adele Young, Pat Morecroft, Gina Phillips and Janette Withey will make up a five-person plus reserve squad after securing a place in the Annodata UK Golf Club Classic for the first time. They will battle golfers from Charnwood Forest (Leicestershire), East Devon and Leigh (Cheshire) between March 8-10.

Nizels' ladies have won a place in the grand finals of the Annodata UK Golf Club Classic in Jerez, Spain
Nizels' ladies have won a place in the grand finals of the Annodata UK Golf Club Classic in Jerez, Spain

Young said: "After the awful Covid year of 2020, embarking on the Annodata Classic in 2021 felt like a breath of fresh air and at last a sign of life returning to some sort of normality.

"To be able to be part of a team again, with one's best mates, is fantastic - then additionally making it to these finals is just the icing on the cake!

"The competition gives amateur golfers of mixed handicaps the chance to play together, in any order as a team which is unusual. At club and county level, all team events are either divisional or scratch and strict handicap order.

"It’s something that’s different, fun and a good challenge tactically."

Around 400 clubs entered the 2021 competition, with Nizels' journey to the final four beginning last June after a first-round bye.

Wins over Knole Park, Canterbury B, Canterbury, Dartford and Royal Ashdown Forest followed, and then, in November's quarter-final, the Kent side showed their title intent with a 5-0 win over Sonning to secure a place in Jerez for the matchday format showdown.

Other players who had vital roles in Nizels' campaign were Sue Crimes, Sarah Chuter, Nikki Bell and Amanda Rose.

Now they've reached the finals the team are determined to return with the trophy.

Captain Juli Fayers said: "Our ladies are a highly competitive bunch who will do their very best to come back to Kent victorious.

"They have a great team spirit and always put the team before themselves.

"Some of the matches have been nail-biting in order to get us this far in the competition. I am sure that they will continue to stay focused."

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