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Abbie is the new champion

STOCKPORT’S Abbie Cowlard has been crowned Cheshire Ladies champion after beating Vicars Cross hot-shot Poppy Finlay 2&1 in a tight final at Delamere Forest.

The victory means Cowlard will lead the Cheshire out in the Northern Counties Championship at Sandiway later this month.

Cowlard beat homester Olivia Lowe 4&3 and Finlay dispatched Styal’s Charlotte Leathem by one-up in the semi finals after Finlay had won the 36-hole qualifying event with a 142 total. Cowlard followed a disappointing opening round of 79 with a scintillating 67 – just two short of a new ladies course record.

New champion Cowlard began playing golf at Reddish Vale at the age of five and now works in the professional’s shop there. Stockport is her main primary club though and she intends to begin the PGA course in September working with Reddish professional Andrew Myers.

As well as the Championship Trophy, Cowlard also won the Millennium Intermediate Scratch Trophy and the Handciap Prize with 140.

Finlay had the consolation of winning the Doris Brown Trophy and President’s Prize as the leading qualifier and the Intermediate Championship Trophy.

The Sir William Bailey Cup was played for by players beaten in round one of the matchplay competition and Jeanne Bell (Royal Liverpool) was the winner in the final against Hale’s Tiffany Fielden.