SARAH Forrest made Ross-on-Wye Golf Club history when she became the first woman to qualify for the final of the Barnfield Trophy.

The 15 handicapper scored 38 points which was good enough to earn her seventh place overall and a place in the final.

Now available to all sections of the club the five monthly winter stableford competitions are used as qualification for the Barnfield Trophy.

The rounds have three handicap divisions from which the top four players in each division share the prizes.

The top 12 performers qualify from each of the five rounds so that a 60 player start-sheet will contest for the Barnfield Trophy title in March 2019, in which Forrest will rightly take her place.

For Forrest her 38 points total placed her seventh overall with 107 members taking part which included just five lady members.

Forrest's round which included included one birdie resulted in a one shot handicap reduction, and an effective outcome as she is also entitled to a share of the prizes.

The combined final score-sheet showed nine handicapper Richard Brough as the stand-out winner and it was noted that rarely does an overall winner come from Handicap Division 1. Brough's 40 points haul which included two birdies and nine pars was a model in consistency resulting in him playing four shots better than his handicap.

Fellow qualifiers were Roger Alford whose 40 points score saw him just miss out on the top spot on count-back followed by Tim Lewis, the 2017 Barnfield Trophy Champion with 39 points.

Tim Fewell, Jason Skidmore and Club Secretary Ian Griffiths also carded 39 points totals with Robin Ledbury, Seniors Captain David Price and Antony Graham joining Forrest in the list of 38 points qualifiers.

Of the 37 points scorers Andrew Reeves and Nigel Yates make up the list of 12 from the second round to contest the final showdown in 2019.

Club Lady Captain Katie Greenwood celebrated a successful term in which she raised £2,757 for the Midlands Air ambulance.

Her last competition in post was the Last Gasp Competition was won by a very strong team of Sally Fycun, Sue Johnson, Carol Smith and Sarah Forrest who scored an outstanding 93 points.

The following week The Lady Captain’s Drive welcomed in Lady Captain Sally Lawrence. Lawrence has been a member at Ross Golf Club for 10 years and currently plays off 19 handicap.

Her husband Peter is currently Chairman of the club and one of their daughters Jessie, is following in her mother’s footsteps and is improving steadily having only taken up golf three years ago.

Rather fittingly Lawrence's team consisting of Katie Greenwood, Jennifer Freel and Ellie Teasdale won the competition with 69 points.

Her chosen charity is the Multiple Sclerosis Society and fundraising began at her Drive In with a raffle raising £120.