THE ladies of Accrington Golf Club will be out in force on Sunday as two of their single handicap players clash in the final of the Observer Shield.
It is second time lucky for Ann Robathan, who plays off eight, after she missed out in the final in 2002.
But it is the first time for Accrington's former Lady captain Laura Banks, whose handicap is nine.
It promises to be a close and entertaining match with many of their Accrington Golf Club colleagues following them around their home course on Sunday.
"I think the nerves got to me the first time," said Ann, 46, who lost to Whalley's Daphne Dawson in 2002.
"It was five years ago and I did enjoy it but I remember being nervous.
"Now I hope I feel a bit better."
Ann, who owns LJ's Deli in Baxenden, knows it will be tough against her team-mate.
"I played her in the semi-final of the Gold Medal at the club and it went to the 19th hole which I won.
"But there was nothing to separate us all the way round.
"It is hard playing someone from your club as you know their game and they know yours inside out.
"I played Anne McDermott in the semi-final and she is my best friend so it was awful.
"I play with her in the foursomes and so we know each other well.
"She plays off 23 and I was really proud of her. But I have got to say I was relieved at the end as I thought she was going to beat me!"
Now Ann, who has been an Accrington GC member for 12 years and only took up golf because "I was too old to play squash", is ready to go one step further and get her name on the prestigious shield.
"Last time I played in the final I was off 12 so I have improved," she said
"I am just looking forward to the day and I know it will be fine, whatever happens."
Ann will have Accrington's Lady President Margaret Birtwell as her caddy.
Laura, meanwhile, is hoping that a recent big game as part of Accrington GC's ladies team will help her overcome any final nerves.
"We played in the Bell Cup at Rossendale recently and there was quite a big crowd watching us so I am hoping it will help me on Sunday," said the 59-year-old.
Laura, who has played golf for 24 years, will have Accrington's former Lady President Margaret Ashworth as her caddy.
"She will probably just drive around with my clubs in her buggy and I will tell her what I want," said the housekeeper.
"I just want to be relaxed. I have been to the semi-finals about five or six times but have always bottled it but this time I just managed to keep my nerve.
"I don't want to make a fool of myself and it is just great to get to the final and it is a bonus if I win it.
"It has been strange as you enter this competition to play on different courses and I have played on Accrington for the last three or four rounds and the final is at Accrington.
"It doesn't always help that you know the course so well!"
But she also has bigger aims for this year as well as winning the Observer trophy.
"I want to still be a single figure handicapper when I reach 60 next year. I have been off nine for 17 years and I just want to stay there next year too!"
Accrington Ladies captain Margaret Ormerod admitted it was good for the club to have two of the club's ladies in the final - after all four of the semi-finalists were also from Accrington.
"It is excellent for the club and it means the trophy is definitely coming to Accrington which is a good achievement," said the Lady Captain.
"It is a hard choice for the winner, with them both being single handicappers, and it will depend who plays the best on the day."