Rose Riddell, of Stonehaven Golf Club, won a marathon five-hole sudden-death shoot out to put Stonehaven Ladies into the third round of The Mail on Sunday Classic, and she would relish the chance to do it again.
Although the ten handicapper had been beaten at home by Inverurie’s Kay Ross 2&1, it fell to the final pair to go back out and settle the match, which was tied 21/2 - 21/2.
‘It was just amazing’ said Rose. ‘Kay was putting everything from everywhere. The play-off could have gone either way. There’s pressure on you, as you’re thinking this is for the team. You’ve got to do it for them. They’ve worked so hard to get their points and you don’t want to let them down.’
Joyce Morrison and Fiona Lamont won their matches and Catherine Duncan secured the important half to force the play-off for Stonehaven.
Rose thought it was all over at the 19th hole after she hit her second shot into the bunker, but they went on to halve the hole. At the next hole, Rose missed a chance for victory when her second shot race past the hole and they both ended up bogeying the short par 3.
They were evenly matched until the fifth extra hole when Rose managed to hole an 8 foot pressure putt for a par and victory.
‘I was so pleased for the girls. If it wasn’t for the team it wouldn’t have happened. I just dug in there and was glad we came out winners. It was fantastic and I’d love to do it again.’
The challenging course provided a stunning back drop for the decider. It is one of the most dramatic and scenic courses in the North East. Rose and Kay even spotted some dolphins as they shook hands.
The club, who have entered the tournament for the last six years, are keen to see how far they can go. They have another home tie this Sunday against Panmure Golf Club.