Alex is the queen at El­ton yet again

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by JAMES WEST­GATE

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)

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