Christine and Charlotte Griffith (Walton Heath)
2012 Top Five Mothers & Daughters:
114 Christine & Charlotte Griffith (73&41)
119 Alison & Nicola Taylor (79&40)
120 Elaine & Charlotte Barrow (78&42)
121 Jane & Becky Scott (82&39)
121 Mona & Tara Watters (79&42)
Report by Jo Thesiger
Christine and Charlotte Griffith from Walton Heath exceeded all expectations,
by pulling off a remarkable and emotional victory in the Mothers and Daughters, 27 holes scratch
foursomes, in the events 50th year at Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club in Richmond. Indeed, Charlotte,
aged 18, a three-handicap, confessed she was “over-the-moon just to be playing” with her mum
who has spent the last four months recuperating from a cancer operation in December.
Having missed out on the title by a single shot last year, Christine, a former professional who
now plays off four, made it her goal to recover in time to compete again in this unique national
amateur event, let alone win it! With very little practise, she played inspirational golf with her
daughter, to return a two-over-par, 73, in their morning round. The pair took full advantage
of the shorter par fours, with birdies at the 2nd, 11th and 13th. At one-under-par after the 13th
hole, even a disappointing double-bogey at the long, 14th hole, couldn’t ruin their card.
After an appalling week of hail, thunder and lightning, Royal Mid Surrey was geared up for
the worst of the weather but was instead blessed with beautiful sunshine, which helped the
scoring. However, 27-holes of medal foursomes, where every shot counts, is a nerve-wracking
format for the most experienced pairings - hazards so often come into play, to destroy many a
However, the Griffiths made it look easy, enjoying a five shot lead after the morning eighteen,
over the holders, Elaine and Charlotte Barrow, aged 15, from Brockenhurst Manor, who
finished on 78. Fellow Walton Heath members, Alison and Nicola Taylor lay a further shot
adrift on 79, the same score as Middlesex County Champion, Tara Watters, off plus one and her
mother Mona, who plays off a much higher handicap of 23.
The Watters could hardly believe their score after the first nine holes. The putts kept rolling in,
as they combined brilliantly and surprisingly found themselves in contention on level par at the
turn. Although thereafter they did start to drop a few shots, they continued to play steadily to
win the 27-hole handicap prize convincingly.
As the wind picked up in the afternoon and fatigue began to set in, the Griffiths felt, they
too, squandered too many shots and were disappointed with their score of six-over-par, 41,
over the remaining nine holes. However, to their relief, it was a familiar tale, as all the other
contenders relayed the same frustrating story and their outstanding morning round meant the
Griffiths still took the title by a comfortable five shots from their Walton Heath friends, Alison
and Nicola Taylor.
In an emotional winners speech Charlotte, 2011 Surrey girls champion, gave her brave mum a
fitting tribute and admitted that since taking up golf, aged 10, this very special victory with her
mother was her greatest achievement to date!