Great Britain and Ireland retained the Astor Trophy
Great Britain and Ireland retained the Astor Trophy on 19.5 points after an exciting final day at Fairhaven Golf Club. Trailing 0-2 from the morning foursomes, captain Tegwen Matthews’ team of five – Kelly Tidy, Amy Boulden, Holly Clyburn, Kelsey MacDonald and Pamela Pretswell picked four of the singles encounters to win 4 & 3. Favourites New Zealand was runner-up on 16 points.
South Africa with 13 points finished in third place, ahead of Australia (12) and Canada (9.5).
The South Africans squared the foursomes against Australia when both teams were competing for the third position in the tournament. Bertine Strauss and Iliska Verwey defeated Breanna Elliot and Cathleen Santoso 3 & 2 while Kim Williams and Henriette Frylinck lost 2 & 1 to Ashley Ona and Emma de Groot.
Strauss picked up the first win of the singles with a comprehensive 5 & 4 victory against Santoso and after de Groot finished 3 & 2 ahead of Tiffany Avern-Taplin, the tie was back to all square. The last three matches were very close but South Africa managed to pick up the 4 – 3 over Australia win after Henriette Frylinck and Kim Williams won their matches 2 up and 3 & 3 respectively.
Final report from Val Holland
“Sorry this is so rushed I have 5 minutes to get to the closing dinner and not ready yet.
“Well, mission accomplished when on the final day we beat the Aussies. We witnessed great golf all week and a fantastic tournament for Kim our star player who won all four of her singles matches.
“We beat the Aussies 4 & 3 and cerebrated a final finish of third on our own. Sandra, Cynthia and I are very proud of our girls they did their best and the golf was amazing.
“Thank you to WGSA for this wonderful opportunity to represent our country with so many talented players. The tournament was won by Great Britain and Ireland, New Zealand were second, SA third Australia fourth and Canada fifth.
“See you all back home and thank you for all the support.
“A very happy SA Team all the way from a very cold UK.”