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Golfing hat-trick for Ruth

SANDIWAY golfer Ruth Elliott-Smith has retained the club matchplay trophy for the third consecutive year, making her the first contestant in the club’s 100-year history to win it three times in a row.

Ruth who lives in Cuddington beat fellow finalist Jane Burke to lift the Sheila Watson Trophy for the fifth time in her golfing career. She previously won in 2021, 2020, 2013 and 1998.

She says: “This was one of the most nerve racking matches I have ever played. I was aware I was trying for the hat-trick which added an extra edge to the challenge. To make it even tougher Jane is a fantastic player and a formidable opponent as well as one of the nicest people I know.”

Ruth was congratulated by club captain Julie Shankey who followed the contest on course along with the match referee, Elizabeth Payne. She will be formally presented with her trophy at the club’s trophy dinner in October.

“Sandiway is a great golf club,” says Ruth, who won through five knockout rounds of the competition to take the final. “The course is playing well and the greens are good which is a tribute to the hard work of the greenkeepers who’ve had to contend with the worst drought since 2018.”

She credits her success to the club’s professional, Gareth Jones, who has coached her for the last three years. “I’ve played at Sandiway for more than 40 years but Gareth has consolidated my game and made me a more consistent player. The results speak for themselves.”