Alex is the queen at Elton yet again
ALEX Banham has completed the first part of what could be a sizzling summer double after powering her way to the Elton Furze Ladies Club Championship.
Banham (21) put together rounds of 80 and 72 on Sunday in the 36-hole event to take the crown for the second year running and for the third time overall after finishing a whopping 14 shots clear of her closest rival, Wendy Lodder.
But then Banham did have a secret weapon in the form of caddy and long term boyfriend, Ed Conduit.
Conduit has won the men’s version of the event an incredible 11 times and is the perfect guy to have around when things start to go pear-shaped.
Banham said: “I did not have the best of luck in my first round. I managed to hit a tree at the third hole and dropped shots there and just found it was a grind from then on in. But having Ed with me really helped a lot. he knows the course really well and he knows my game and just kept telling me to stick at it.”
And stick at it she did. turning round her indifferent morning form, Banham stormed out of the traps in the afternoon picking up birdies at the fourth, seventh, ninth and 17th holes for a sublime level par 72.
“In the afternoon I just tried to forget about the bad holes I had in the morning and get on with a new round and that is exactly what I did. I was striking the ball better and managed to stay clear of trouble,” she added.
“The course was in excellent condition and I felt a lot more relaxed in my second round and played some good golf. It is always special to win this competition and of course I was delighted to take my third title.”
And having spent the past year studying at Stetson University in Florida, Banham is determined to make the most of her summer break by keeping her winning run going.
Last season the Communications undergraduate was denied the chance to defend her Peterborough Milton Ladies title due to a clash of dates but there is no such problem this year, meaning the double is back on.
She said: “I did the double in 2008 but couldn’t compete at Milton because they held their championship on the same day but this year I can compete and I would love to do it again. Of course Ed won’t be as much use round there but I know Milton well and expect to be comeptitive.”
LEADING LADY: Alex Banham won the Elton Furze ladies title. (METP-20-06-10PF093)
TITLE CHASERS: Competing in the Elton Furze ladies championship were from the left, Jane Ross, Sue Anderson, Teresa Glasher and Christl Skelton. (METP-20-0610AS088)