Dani, champion of the Borders

Finalists and champions at the Borders Ladies County Golf Championships, from left Sharon Paterson, Julie Birdsall, Dani Ker, Rhea Middlemass, Carina Bunyan, June Craig.

Finalists and champions at the Borders Ladies County Golf Championships, from left Sharon Paterson, Julie Birdsall, Dani Ker, Rhea Middlemass, Carina Bunyan, June Craig.

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It was an all-Roxburghe final in the Border Ladies County Championship on Sunday afternoon with fourth seed Carina Bunyan up against third seed Dani Ker, who won the title by a 3 and 2 margin.

Playing at their home club it was a nervy start from both with Carina winning the first with a five after Dani had to chip out from the trees. Eighteen-year-old Dani then pulled it back to be one up after four holes.

Both had excellent birdies at the long fifth. Carina then missed a couple of short putts which left her three down at the turn, but she won the 11th after Dani three-putted. Carina conceded the 13th after having issues with the pond to put Dani four up. Carina pulled it back to three down after Dani had to take a drop back into the fairway bunker at the 14th and the next two holes were halved.

Earlier, in the first semi-final, Carina was two up after four against top seed Julie Birdsall who fought back, winning four holes on the bounce to be two up after nine. Carina then steadied herself to play par golf to win 4 and 3.

Dani took charge of the second semi-final against Kelso’s Sharon Paterson from the start. Four up at the turn, Ker finished the game at the 15th.

In the bronze championship semi-finals, 13-year-old Rhea Middlemass (Hawick) put herself into a position to make it three in a row by beating Elaine Brotherstone (Lauder) 8 and 7. The other match was a close one with June Craig (Selkirk) eventually overcoming Diane Johnstone (Duns) by a hole. The final between Rhea and June was a one-sided affair with Rhea winning on the 13th.

z Full results on page 69.