GOLF: Rugby golfer wins charity trophy for first time in history of regional competition

Hazel Oag with the trophy and club president Adrian Evans
Hazel Oag with the trophy and club president Adrian Evans

Hazel Oag top in Charles Heeley Challenge Bowl

Hazel Oag from Rugby Golf Club won the prestigious Charles Heeley Challenge Bowl.

This competition was inaugurated in 1925 when two sisters, Hilda and Connie Widdowson, members of Walmley Golf Club, arranged for the proceeds of some of the club competitions to be used to support a school for disabled children at which they had both taught. The Challenge Bowl was presented to the sisters by Charles Heeley, a fellow member of Walmley, to enable them to widen their charitable efforts to include golf clubs throughout the Midlands. Since 1963 the final has taken place at a different venue each year, alternating between the three counties, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire with the host club choosing the charity that is to be supported. This year the competition was hosted by Leamington & County Golf Club and the chosen charity was a Midland’s charity, Molly Olly’s Wishes.

Participating clubs hold a qualifying Stableford competition during the year and the players with the best score in the Silver and Bronze Division qualify to play in the final where the winner of The Charles Heeley Challenge Bowl is the player with the best Stableford score over 18 holes. Rugby ladies Sandra Brazier qualified in the Silver Division and Hazel Oag in the Bronze Division.

The competition was originally held on Monday September 14th but had to be abandoned due to thunder and heavy rain. The replay was held on September 29th, on a glorious autumn day with 67 ladies taking part. On the day, Hazel Oag scored 35 Stableford points and won the overall prize on count back, bringing the Trophy to Rugby for the first time in the history of the competition.

Photograph: Hazel Oag congratulated by Rugby GC President, Adrian Evans