The ladies’ season got under way at Port St Mary on Saturday 4 April with the non-winners Hands Trophy 2014 held over from last season when it could not be played due to inclement weather.
The disappointing entry of 15 may have been due in part to the cold weather endured so far this season, but conditions could not have been better as the event started, although the mist rolled over later in the afternoon. There were some very close matches throughout and this carried through into the final.
Quarter-finals: Margaret Tasker 21, Connie Pettegrew 7; Kim Hargraves 21. Tricia Bull 19; Paula Firth 21, Rita Callister 13; Maureen Payne 21, Lin Ruscoe 20.
Semi-finals: Kim Hargraves 21, Margaret Tasker 6; Paula Firth 21, Maureen Payne 14
In the final Paula stormed into an early lead of 14-6 before Kim clawed her way back having the better of the middle stages leaving a very exciting “nip and tuck” finish with Paula coming through to take the trophy 21-19.
The prizes were presented by Association president, Pat Robertson, who thanked the Port St Mary club for their hospitality, congratulated the greenkeeper on the state of the green and also thanked everyone involved in the smooth running of the afternoon.