FURNESS Golf Club’s Natasha Slater and Nicola Wood made it to the semi-finals of the Ladies and Girls County Championships at Ulverston Golf Club.

Unfortunately the local pair bowed out at the last-four stage of the three-day tournament of stroke and matchplay, which saw talented teenager Caitlin Whitehead of Kendal Golf Club retain her position as county champion.

Caitlin, who is aged just 13 years old, retained her title after beating Silloth Golf Club’s Hannah Smith on the 15th hole of Thursday’s match-play final.

Played over three sunny days at the scenic Ulverston Golf Course, overlooking Morecambe Bay, the championship began with a strokeplay competition over thirty-six holes.

Sixteen players then proceeded to the knockout stages the following morning, moving on to the quarter-finals in the afternoon.

Making it to the semi-finals Wood played Whitehead, and Slater played Smith, but it was Whitehead and Smith who progressed.

The standard of play over the three days was excellent with many birdies and eagles.

County Lady Captain, Sheena McDonald, presided over the evening presentation thanking all the players and organisers for a very successful three days.

Ulverston’s Lady Captain Marian McBride also thanked UGC lady members and volunteers, catering and bar staff for their care and attention, and green-keepers for maintaining the course in excellent condition.

Results: Winner: Caitlin Whitehead, Kendal Golf Club, score 5 and 3; Runner-up: Hannah Smith, Silloth Golf Club; Semi-Finalists: Natasha Slater and Nicola Wood, Furness Golf Club.