Judith Hanekom wins Women's GCWC
South Africa is now the proud possessor of both the Golf Croquet World Championship (Reg Bamford) and the Women's Golf Croquet World Championship which was held in Cairo from 16 to 21 November 2014.
Judith Hanekom only just made it into the knock-out, coming 4th in Block C with only one win, but then defeated four top Egyptian women players to reach the final and face New Zealand's Jenny Clarke, the 2011 runner-up to Rachel Rowe of England. Judith made a great start to the best-of-five final by taking the first game 7-3 but Jenny fought back to win the next two 7-4, 7-5. Judith led 6-4 in the fourth, was pulled back to 6-6 but made no mistake at 13 to square the match at 2-2. The deciding game was nip-and-tuck all the way to 5-5 but, after a short duel at 11, Jenny had the misfortune to peel Judith to give her a 6-5 lead. Judith took this unexpected gift with both hands and wrapped up the match 7-5.
Many congratulations to Judith for a hard fought campaign and a superb victory and commiserations to Jenny who played very well throughout the event.