Historic win for Withington golfer

Jennifer Greenlaw at Withington Golf Club
Jennifer Greenlaw at Withington Golf Club

Jennifer Greenlaw has become the first woman to win a Saturday competition at Withington Golf Club.

The south Manchester club changed its rules this year to welcome women into Saturday competitions and celebrated its first-ever female winner in just the fifth Saturday competition of the season.

Jennifer Greenlaw, a GP who lives in Cheadle, Stockport, made history by winning her division on a card play-off against Anthony Eno – coincidentally her mixed doubles partner – with a nett score of 67.

With a back nine of just four over par, she saw her handicap reduce from 21 to 20.

Dr Greenlaw said “I had a fantastic round, especially the second half, and I’m thrilled to be the first woman to win a Saturday competition.

“I’m also very proud of Withington for making this crucial change to competition rules to give women the same opportunity to play as men.”

Anthony added: “While I was disappointed not to win I was more delighted to see my mixed doubles partner make club history.

“Withington has done well to encourage women play on a Saturday – other clubs will no doubt follow – and this result demonstrates that the change only heightens the competition.”

Claire Ebrey, marketing director at Withington, said it is still ‘very unusual still for women to play in Saturday competitions’.

She added: “Of all of the clubs in Greater Manchester and Cheshire, we’ve only heard of Leigh, High Legh and Didsbury allowing women and men to compete in the same competition on a Saturday.”