RUTH Elliott-Smith has won the right to represent her club at the England Golf Medal Northern Final.

Elliott-Smith, who lives in Cuddington, scored the lowest average gross in Sandiway Golf Club’s 2020 medal competition to become the leading handicap player and secure her place in the regional final.

She said: “I’m really honoured to be representing my club in this important event.

"I have been a member of Sandiway for 40 years and this is the first time my golf has been good enough for me to get through. It just shows, you should never stop trying.”

She will compete against 120 amateur players from different Northern Region clubs in an 18-hole stableford competition at Ringway Golf Club, Manchester, in July 2021 in a bid to win through to the national finals and become the country’s leading handicap golfer.

Elliott-Smith also fought through seven rounds of stroke play to win the Sandiway Golf Club 2020 knockout competition, the Sheila Watson Trophy, when in a hard-fought final just prior to the current lockdown, she beat fellow finalist Emily Guest on the last putt on the 18th hole.

She said: “You can’t take anything for granted in golf and Emily was a fantastic opponent. She never gave up and nor did I which made for an exciting match from beginning to end.”

2020 was Sandiway Golf Club’s centenary year and the trophies would normally be presented at the annual trophy dinner.

However like all of 2020’s celebratory events it was cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions and instead, Elliott-Smith received her trophy from club captain Sally Brown in a brief presentation outside the clubhouse.