GOLF: Legg Bowl victory for Dorset Country Club

TRIUMPHANT: The winners of the Legg Bowl, from left: Pauline Henson, lady captain Julie Jenkins, Sarah Durell and Eileen Roper

TRIUMPHANT: The winners of the Legg Bowl, from left: Pauline Henson, lady captain Julie Jenkins, Sarah Durell and Eileen Roper

First published in Sport

IT has been a successful period for the Dorset Golf & Country Club, both on and off the course.

The Bere Regis-based club won the prestigious Legg Bowl at Dudsbury, beating Romsey in the grand final.

The silver pairing of Julie Jenkins and Pauline Henson lost a tight encounter three down but the bronze duo of Sarah Durell and Eileen Roper won their match with a stunning eight up margin, resulting in the club winning five up on aggregate.

It is the first time that the ladies have won this competition, which has been played annually since 1996.

DGCC lady captain, Julie Jenkins said: “This year, 48 clubs from Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire contested for the Legg Bowl.

This is the first time that the DGCC has been in the final but I sincerely hope it’s not the last.

“It is a fantastic result for the team and for the club in this very exciting competition, our team has performed very well through all the rounds during a difficult winter period.”

Meanwhile, captain Jenkins and her daughter Sarah Peyman have also been busy off the course.

They raised £1,500 in support of the Swanage Lifeboat Boathouse Appeal, the club’s chosen charity for this year.

Having completed their three-day, 65-mile epic walk along the South West Coast Path.

They started pounding the path at a rain-soaked Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station and covered 30 miles on the first day.

The second stage covered the section from Ferrybridge in Weymouth to Durdle Door and the final seven-hour long trek along the Jurassic Coast saw them successfully complete the challenge from Durdle Door to the Swanage Lifeboat Station, where they were met by Peter Foster, RNLI Appeal fundraising chairperson, together with family and a whole host of members.

After completing more than 24 of hours walking, the ladies’ captain said: “We found the adventure a test of endurance and stamina but nevertheless we were pleased to contribute to such a very deserving cause.

“The sum raised was a valuable contribution to help those serving as volunteer lifeboat crews who put their lives on the line 24/7 we are proud to do our bit.”

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