GRANDMOTHER-OF-FIVE Anne Prior is hoping to upset the odds by being crowned Observer Golf Shield ladies champion on Sunday.
The 60-year-old Whalley golfer only took up the sport four years ago, has a handicap of 28, and she is up against three-times winner Nicola Clarke, whose handicap is eight, at Green Haworth
"It is my first time in the final so it is daunting," admitted Anne, who will be given 14 shots by Nicola. "The difference between us is obvious. She is a good player, she has been playing since a young age, has been in the finals before and has the experience and is half my age.
"I am just a mediocre player who started playing through some friends, enjoys the exercise and the social side of it is wonderful!
"But, if I play well, Nicola does have to get a few birdies, so there is some pressure but the main thing is just to enjoy it."
Anne, who has an OBE for her work as as a court administrator for the Lord Chancellors Department in Greater Manchester, took to the competition straight away after entering for the first time last year and reaching the semi-finals.
So to take it one step further is exciting for Anne - although she isn't sure about the Green Haworth course.
"I am going to practise this week but I have never played there. Every time I mention it people take a sharp intake of breath saying it is a hard course but people said the same about Rishton, but I played there and enjoyed it. Mind you, when you have a good result, you alway enjoy the course more."
All eyes will be on the pair and Anne, who has Whalley member Shirley Palick as her caddy, knows it will be hard.
"Quite a few from Whalley are coming to watch and that is scary as people can see you if you make a fool of yourself.
"The good thing about match-play golf, though, is that you can mess up on one hole and it won't ruin the game."
She will have some support but admits she has restricted her family.
"I have banned my eldest grandchild from coming as he thinks his gran is a golfing star and I don't want him to be disappointed!" she said.
Triple champion Nicola, a mother-of-four, may have her two eldest watching - although they are more likely to be practising themselves.
"My eldest and second eldest are both good players and my second son is very keen and always tries to beat me!" she said.
"But, even if there are big crowds, after the first hole you forget all about it. I am a very relaxed person and, a long long time ago, I played for Lancashire Girls and in the English Championships so I am used to biggish crowds, even though it was years ago!"
Nicola, 34, won the coveted trophy aged just 19 in 1990, then again in 1996 and her last victory came in 2001.
"I have heard of people winning it three times but haven't heard about a four-times winner but we will worry about that if I win," she said.
"I am just looking forward to it. It is difficult to give 14 shots to a player as it means you really have to play well but I will just have to see what I can do."
Nicola is glad she is playing at Green Haworth as she seems to have upset the Accrington Golf Club contingent by seeing them off in the earlier rounds.
"Laura Banks was my first big challenge in the first round and then I had to beat Margaret Birtwell who is a steady player.
"Then I faced Pat Catlow before I came up against Ann Robathan in the semi-final.
"That went to the 20th hole and it was a really good game as, I play off eight and she plays off nine, so we were well-matched. Luckily I birdied on the 20th. I think I will be banned from Accrington GC now though!"
Nicola, who works at British Aerospace in Salmesbury, will have Rishton's Lady Captain Josie Banks as her caddy.