After an enforced absence of two years, the Roehampton Gold Cup came back to life on Saturday April 9th in perfect golfing weather.
A field of fifty (32 amateurs, 18 professional) women golfers took to the course on a chilly but sunny morning. The golf course was in excellent condition and came in for much praise from the players, many of whom had not played on such good surfaces all winter. The greens were running at 10.5 on the stimpmeter.
The Gold Cup was won by professional Hayley Davis (29) from Ferndown Golf Club, for a second time. (In 2018 Hayley shared the Cup with Inci Mehmet.) Hayley, a member of the Ladies European Tour, recently came a creditable eleventh in South Africa, and certainly got the better of Roehampton with rounds of 68 & 69 for a 36-hole total 137 – a record score for the event.
Leading amateur was 15-year-old Matilde Santilli from Foxhills Country Club with rounds of 74 & 72 for a total 146. Matilde is currently a member of the England South Regional Team, aiming for the national team and university in the USA.
The Gold Cup is part of the Gold Rose double – the first leg played at North Hants on April 3rd – which gives the winner valuable points in the World Amateur Rankings. The crystal trophy (presented by member of North Hants, Justin Rose) was won this year by Luca Thompson (19) from Pavenham Park Golf Club in Bedfordshire. North Hants was Luca’s first big win on the national circuit and she managed the pressure of producing a decent second score at Roehampton to win the Gold Rose Trophy for 2022.
The Club is most grateful to Russell-Cooke for their continued sponsorship of this event for the 17th time.