|Angus -- The 2012 County Team Champions - Photo courtesy of Colin Farquharson|
Angus women's golf team are the new champions of Scotland.
The team of eight, captained by Mary Summers, won the Scottish women's county championship finals at Montrose Links today (Sunday).
They beat defending champions Midlothian 6 1/2-2 1/2 in the title-deciding encounter between the only two 100 per cent teams after two days' play.
After the morning foursomes were shared, it was the young Angus team who rose to the challenge in the singles and surprisingly outfought their older and more experienced opponents to the tune of 5-1.
Carnoustie Ladies' Jessica Meek set the ball rolling Angus's way when she beat Gabrielle MacDonald 6 and 4.
Then Angus county champion Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) won the top singles match against international player Jane Turner by 2 and 1. Ailsa, daughter of the team captain, finished the match in the grand manner - with an eagle 3 at the 17th.
Heather Munro (Monifieth) chalked up another point for Angus with a 3 and 2 win over former international Claire Hargan.
Kirriemuir's Ann Ramsay was the "MVP" of the tournament, winning all six ties in which she played. She scored her sixth win at the expense of Louise Fraser, beating her by 2 and 1.
Then Gemma Chalmers (Monifieth) beat Wendy Nicholson by one hole.
Midlothian's crumb of comfort came in a one hole win by Karen Marshall over Monifieth's Rebecca Wilson.
"It was a wonderful display by a wonderful team," said skipper Mary Summers. "They were a wee bit nervous on the opening morning but gained in confide6nce with every session of play until they finished the tournament like the champions they are."
The Scottish county finals are contested by the divisional champions of the North, South, East and West.
Earlier this summer, Angus, fielding a team with an average age of 21, beat Perth and Kinross, Aberdeenshire and Northern Counties to win the Northern Division title.
One member of that Angus team was not able to play in the finals - Claire Penman who is still ill after being badly bitten by insects while on holiday in America.
Her place in the team was filled by Jackie Brown (Monfieith).
Renfrewshire beat Dumfries-shire 6-3 in the other match on the final day to finish third behind champions Angus and runners-up Midlothian.
RENFREWSHIRE 6, DUMFRIES-SHIRE 3
Foursomes (2 1/2- 1/2)
Megan Briggs and Linsey Stevenson halved with Walker and Graham
Gillian Kyle and Iona Stephen beat Diane MacDonald and Kirkwood 3 and 2.
Alyson McKechin and Carol Whyte beat Greenlees and McCracken 4 and 3.
Singles (3 1/2-2 1/2)
Megan Briggs halved with Walker
Carol Whyte lost to D MacDonald 2 holes
Alyson McKechin beat Graham 1 hole.
Iona Stephen beat Kirkwood 4 and 3
Linsey Stevenson lost to Greenlees 5 and 3
Gillian Kyle beat Linda Jack 6
ANGUS 6 1/2, MIDLOTHIAN 2 1/2
Foursomes (1 1/2-1 1/2)
Ramsay and Meek beat Hargan and G MacDonald 2 and 1.
Smith and Munro lost to Marshall and Nicholson 4 and 3.
Summers and Wilson halved with Turner and Scott.
Summers beat Turner 2 and 1.
Ramsay beat Fraser 2 and 1.
Meek beat G MacDonald 6 and 4.
Munro beat Hargan 3 and 2.
Chalmers beat Nicholson 1 hole
Wilson lost to Marshall 1 hole.
HOW THEY FINISHED
1 Angus 3pt
2 Midlothian 2pt
3 Renfrewshire 1pt
4 Dumfries-shire 0pt.
Thanks go to Colin Farquharson for the report