Golf: Marvellous Murrayfield girls on top as they reign in Spain

MURRAYFIELD Golf Club have been crowned as the 'Best of British' after their women's team claimed a prestigious title in Spain.

They won The Mail on Sunday Classic at El Rompido, beating Wildwood from Surrey in the semi-finals and then another English club, Beau Desert from Staffordshire, in the title showdown.

"We are absolutly thrilled," said victorious team member Norma Richmond of an effort that saw the Capital club win a number of qualifying rounds earlier in the year to secure their crack at the crown.

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For the semi-final, Richmond joined forces with Margaret Fergusson, Rosie Dennis, Lynn Wilson and Caroline Johnstone to chalk up a 5-0 win.

"The match was played in heavy rain that left the ground sodden and meant water had to be pumped out of bunkers," added Richmond.

"Our opponents all had caddies which, although we had decided not to have any, we slightly envied as they managed to keep things drier than we did.

"However, we still managed to beat them, which we were delighted about."

In the other semi-final, Beau Desert won 3-2 against Skelmorlie, who had also been flying the Scotland flag in Spain.

The final was a much closer affair for Murrayfield but they eventually came out top, winning 3.5-1.5. Fergusson (5 and 4) and Wilson (2 and 1) won the top two matches while Ray Lynch won the last two holes to earn a halve.

And, though Richmond was beaten on this occasion, a 4 and 2 success for Johnstone clinched the title.