An Oswestry motor dealer has sponsored the county ladies' golf first team – thanks to the company chairman’s links to the game.

Furrows, which also has dealerships in Telford and Shrewsbury, has sponsored the team’s waterproof jackets – not that they've had muich chance to use them lately.

The deal came about after team captain Anne Weetman contacted Furrows chairman Nic Coward, who is also the first independent chairman of England Golf.

Anne said: “We play in the Midland North County Week competition each year, and last year’s event was very wet, so we wanted to be prepared by having some waterproof jackets with us.

“So I contacted Nic, who very kindly agreed to sponsor our jackets. But of course, with this year’s heatwave, we haven’t used them yet. I’m sure they will come in handy over the coming months.”

Shropshire took on Staffordshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire at Notts Golf Club at Hollinwell, which is ranked among the top 100 courses in the UK, and was the host of the final qualifying round for this year’s Open.

“We beat Leicestershire but lost the other matches – although two went down to the last hole," said Anne.

Nic said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the ladies’ team and it’s great for our company to be involved with the game of golf at grass-roots level. We’re celebrating our centenary at Furrows this year and we have a proud history of supporting local teams and organisations.”

Furrows has a long-standing connection with golf in Shropshire – and was one of Ian Woosnam's sponsors before he became US Masters champion.