Shrewsbury School

Mrs Pritchard captains golf team to national title

Monday 2 December 2019

Congratulations to Mrs Sue Pritchard, Captain of the Shrewsbury Ladies' Golf Team, who have been crowned UK Golf Club Champions for 2019

Mrs Pritchard has been a member of staff at Shrewsbury School for 18 years and is well-known to many Salopians as House Secretary in Churchill's, Mary Sidney Hall and Emma Darwin Hall, and as an Administrator in the Learning Support Department. Inbetween times, she has also built up a formidable reputation on the golf course and has been a regular member of Shrewsbury School's golf team in the historic Prior Cup, an annual match between the School and Shrewsbury Golf Club that dates back to 1920.

The Annodata UK Golf Club Classic is a knock-out competition, played over several months. As Sue explains, the Shrewsbury Ladies' team had very modest expectations when they originally made their decision to take part: "One miserable winter’s morning whilst drinking coffee, a couple of us decided it would be a good idea to enter this national golf competition the following year and see if we could have a couple of rounds of golf on some new courses. Little did we know we would end up in Spain as winners!"

"The format is five ladies in a team playing matchplay golf, home and away on a knock-out basis. In April we played local rivals Church Stretton Ladies, which saw us on our way. We then travelled to Little Aston Birmingham, followed by home fixtures against Trentham, Ladbrook Park. An away fixture at Romiley went down to 19th hole after a draw in the five matches. Our quarter-final match was against Colchester at home, which gave us a huge advantage - and off to Spain we were heading."

Four teams were invited to Montecastillo Golf Resort to play the final matches. But there was drama for the Shrewsbury Ladies' team even before they left the UK. 

"Thirty-six hours before we set off, one of our players had to drop out due to injury," Sue explains. "We luckily found a substitute player, new flights were booked and we all arrived safely in the resort just very happy to have made the finals with five players present.

"We were drawn in the semi-finals against Mill Road Golf Club Berkshire. This match went down to the final putt on the 18th, which was played by our substitute player, to make us winners 3-2.

"The final was against Lee-on-Solent Golf Club Hampshire. Another very close match ensued and once again it went down to the final put on the 18th green, giving us a 3-2 win and making us Annodata Matchplay Golf Champions 2019." 


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