Smith swings back in to claim top prize

PUBLISHED: 12:43 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:31 06 May 2010

Golf by Alan Booth KERRY SMITH turned the tables on Curtis Cup colleague Liz Bennett, the defending champion, when she fired a six under par round of 67 to win the Ladies Centenary Cup at Porters Park on Friday for the second time by two strokes.

Golf by Alan Booth

KERRY SMITH turned the tables on Curtis Cup colleague Liz Bennett, the defending champion, when she fired a six under par round of 67 to win the Ladies Centenary Cup at Porters Park on Friday for the second time by two strokes.

Last year Kerry, from Waterlooville, as defending champion, had finished runner-up to Liz but this time, after trailing her fellow England international by two strokes following an opening one over par 74 with only one birdie, she found her touch in the afternoon.

She reeled off six birdies without dropping a shot, her 67 equalling the ladies course record, giving her a 137 total, five under par.

Tilly Holder (Woburn) with rounds of 71 72 was runner-up, with Hannah Grant (Enmore Park), 74 71 third and Nicole Whitmore (Woburn), 72 73, fourth. Liz Bennett (Brokenhurst Manor), 72 75, tied seventh.

Top Herts players were Hannah Burke (Mid Herts), 74, 74, Charlie Douglass (Brocket Hall), 74 75, and Ellie Brede (The Hertfordshire) 71 79.

Kerry feels at home on the Radlett course, having played in the Centenary Cup for the last four years, first finishing fifth, then winning the trophy in 2006, runner-up last year and now champion again.

"I am happy playing the course and happy to win again," she said. "It was a dismal start with rain but with conditions improving in the afternoon I settled down."

She birdied four par fives - 3, 10, 13 and 18 - reaching the green in two, and had three birdies on the run - following the 13th the par 3 14th and par 4 15th.

A Curtis Cup player in 2002, Kerry was first reserve this year when Liz Bennett was in the team. She had earlier won the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale.

Alison Franklin (Harpenden) shot 74 79, Clare Partridge (Moor Park) 78 77, and Harriet Key (South Herts) 73 82.

Unluckiest girl was Hollie Gardner (Old Fold Manor), who was taking her umbrella out of her golf bag as she was preparing to tee off when she was stung by a wasp. Her right hand swelled up and first aid quickly applied but, in pain, she could not hold a club and had to retire.

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