Cambridge professional Sarah Smith recorded her first WPGA One Day Series victory of the season after fine tuning her game 24 hours before the event at Salisbury & South Wilts Golf Club.

Smith carded a level par round of 73 in the fifth round of the series to win by just one shot ahead of Catherine Panton-Lewis (The Berkshire Golf Club) and Katie Rule (Mullion Golf Club) who tied for second spot.

The Saffron Walden Golf Club player had an impressive front nine which included four birdies. But despite running into some problems after that - collecting three bogeys - Smith held on to win.

But she admitted that the key to her success was some crucial work on her technique with Saffron Walden head pro Rob McNicholas.

“It was hard work but good in the end. I had a swing check with my boss in the nets on the Wednesday before the event. In the previous round, I played all right but more like average golf than better golf,” Smith explained.

“But I coach a lot and don’t get as much time to practice, so I needed something to get round - and what I did worked! I played 100 per cent better this time, it was a bit of fine tuning just to keep me going. What I did with my swing definitely helped.

“I love playing and I’ve done all the One Day Series events this year, but it’s a case of trying to fit it into a busy schedule. It all comes down to practice.”

Smith admitted she made a rapid start to her round and moved to three under par - only to see that advantage eroded.

“I was really happy and a bit excited when I went three under par, but it was very windy on the back nine which made things difficult,” she said.

“But I was steady and missed a chance for another birdie. I was happy to stay level. I’ll play the final round at South Herts Golf Club at the end of August. This win has put me top of the Access Order of Merit so I want to hold on to that, that’s the plan.”


PosPlayer+/-AfterTotalPointsPrize Fund 
1 England Sarah Smith  Saffron Walden Golf Club E F 73 10 £350.00  
T2 Scotland Catherine Panton-Lewis  The Berkshire Golf Club +1 F 74 4.50 £212.50  
T2 England Katie Rule  Mullion Golf Club +1 F 74 4.50 £212.50  
4 Arabella White (a) +2 F 75   £0.00  
T5 England Eugenie Knight  Carlyon Bay Golf Club +3 F 76 0.33 £75.00  
T5 England Danielle Anderson  Stoke by Nayland Golf Club Ltd +3 F 76 0.33 £75.00  
T5 England Joanne Hodge  Windmill Golf Academy +3 F 76 0.33 £75.00  
T8 England Amy Rae  Maidenhead Golf Club +4 F 77   £0.00  
T8 England Belinda Whent  Haywards Heath Golf Club +4 F 77   £0.00  
T10 England Olivia Raybould  Three Hammers Golf Complex +5 F 78   £0.00  
T10 England Sophie Kennard  The Dyke Golf Club +5 F 78   £0.00  
T12 England Claire Duffy  Bramshaw Golf Club +6 F 79   £0.00  
T12 Daisy Kennedy (a) +6 F 79   £0.00  
T12 Wales Rachel Lewis  Vale Resort +6 F 79   £0.00  
T12 England Nicola Bennett +6 F 79   £0.00  
16 United States Susan Moon +7 F 80   £0.00  
17 England Jessica Heap  Ashridge Golf Club +11 F 84   £0.00  
18 England Amy Taylor  Hinckley Golf Club +12 F 85   £0.00  
19 England Harriet Matthews +17 F 90   £0.00