A new ladies’ course record was set as Alwoodley successfully hosted the Yorkshire Ladies Amateur Championship. 

Ganton’s Amy Staveley signed for a 67 during the second qualifying round. Her scorecard included five birdies and two eagles and it all added up to a round of six under par. 

Former Curtis Cup star Emma Brown used all of her experience to defeat Mia Eales-Smith, of Lindrick, 4&3 in the final to take the title. It completed a memorable double for Brown in her home county, as she added this title to the Yorkshire Seniors Championship. 

The Malton & Norton golfer comfortably qualified for the weekend matchplay thanks to rounds of 74 and 73 before defeating Beth Norton, Amy Staveley, Aaliyah Hyrniewiecka-Irwin and Eales-Smith in the knockout stages on her way to victory. 

Here are some key moments from a fantastic Yorkshire Ladies Amateur Championship: 

Youngest-ever qualifier 

Aaliyah Hryniewiecka-Irwin became the youngest-ever qualifier for the knockout stages of the Championship. 

The 14-year-old carded rounds of 77 and 69 to qualify as the third seed for the matchplay stage of the competition. She was defeated by the eventual winner Brown in the semi-finals. 

Home favourite goes close 

Alwoodley member Sara Gilmore qualified for the matchplay stage of the Championship in 16th before causing an upset in the round of 16 where she defeated number one seed Megan Wileman on the 24th hole of a tremendous match. 

Gilmore would narrowly miss out on the final, losing out to eventual runner-up Eales-Smith on the 18th hole. 

Matches going the distance 

It wasn’t just Alwoodley member Gilmore and Wileman who produced fascinating ties in the knockout stages. 

10 of the matches during the matchplay stage went down the 18th or beyond including all quarter final matches which ended on the final hole. 


Congratulations to Emma and Amy and thanks to all Alwoodley members who volunteered to help to make this such a memorable championship.