Bronze medal delight for England’s senior women

England senior women

England beat the Netherlands 4-1 today to win the bronze medal at the European senior ladies’ team championship at Bled, Slovenia.

The team shrugged off the disappointment of their semi-final defeat with an excellent performance and they dominated the bronze-medal play-off.

“They were magnificent and they are really chuffed,” said team captain Pat West. “They came out fighting and pretty much led from the front all the way.”

By the time the first three groups had passed through the 14th with England three up in each, the writing was on the wall. And, although one singles match was lost, the medal was comfortably secured.

The cahnmpionship was won by Ireland, who beat Italy in the final.

Caption: The England team pictured at the prize ceremony (from left): Cath Rawthore, Amanda Mayne, Chris Quinn, Janet Melville, Pat West (captain), Sue Dye and Caroline Berry.


Caroline Berry (Bromborough) & Amanda Mayne (Saltford) beat Karin Berghuijs & Carola Vidor 1 up

Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Tita Mc Cart 2 up
Cath Rawthore (Sale) beat Siene Dresselhuys 5/3
Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) lost to Nan Croockewit 3/2
Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) beat Laurence Nolte 3/2

6th September 2013

England target bronze in Euro championship

England’s hopes of a gold medal in the European senior ladies’ team championship were dashed today, when they lost 3½ –1½ to Italy in the semi-final.

They will play the Netherlands tomorrow for the bronze medal, while Ireland and Italy battle it out for the gold at Bled, Slovenia.

“Obviously it’s disappointing, but we are just going to have to get up and win the bronze,” said team captain Pat West. “There’s all to play for.”

English senior stroke play champion Sue Dye won her match and senior amateur champion Janet Melville halved – while the three other games ended in Italy’s favour, but agonisingly close.

“We lost three on the 18th, but there was some fantastic golf played,” said Pat. “It was a very high standard match on both sides.”

The foursomes pairing of Caroline Berry and Amanda Mayne were one down playing the last and their opponents hung on to their advantage. Exactly the same fate befell Chris Quinn in the top singles, while Cath Rawthore, who was all square on the tee, lost the hole when her opponent slotted in a 10-footer.

England v Italy

Caroline Berry (Bromborough) & Amanda Mayne (Saltford) lost to Francesca Christillin & Emanuela Gumirato 1 down
Chris Quinn (Hockley) lost to Giovanna Foglia 1 down
Cath Rawthore (Sale) lost to Clotilde Fasolis Costa 1 down
Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) beat Camilla Dettori 3/2
Janet Melville(Sherwood Forest) halved with Silvia Valli

Tomorrow’s order of play
The Netherlands v England

Karin Berghuijs & Carola Vidor v Caroline Berry & Amanda Mayne

Tita Mc Cart v Chris Quinn
Siene Dresselhuys v Cath Rawthore
Nan Croockewit v Sue Dye
Laurence Nolte v Janet Melville

5th September 2013

England’s senior women reach Euro semi-finals

England beat Germany 3½–1½ today to reach the semi-finals of the European senior ladies’ team champion in Bled, Slovenia.

They play Italy tomorrow, while the Netherlands take on Ireland in the other half of the draw.

Team captain Pat West was quick to heap praise on her players: “It was a brilliant result, absolutely superb,” she said. “I am very proud of them, their determination was fantastic.”

The team’s foursomes pairing of Caroline Berry and Amanda Mayne were on fine form and after getting to three up at the turn stayed in charge to win their game 3/2.

Chris Quinn (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), however, had to pull off a remarkable fightback to secure her point. She was five down at the turn but, with the aid of some birdie golf, pegged back her opponent and emerged as the 2 up winner on the 18th. “She was just magnificent,” said Pat.

Cath Rawthore – who is making her international debut – came through a close match, winning the 15th and 16th to get to 2up, before halving the 17th. Behind her, Sue Dye lost, but Janet Melville, who had been three down after nine, got back to all square.

Today’s results
Caroline Berry (Bromborough) & Amanda Mayne (Saltford) beat Karin Gumpert & Sigrid Amtsberg 3/2     

Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Tessa Oldenbourg 2 up
Cath Rawthore (Sale) beat Cornelia Schmidt Stützle 2/1     
Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) lost to Chris Utermarck 3/2         
Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) halved with Dagmar Lehmann
Tomorrow’s order of play
England v Italy
Caroline Berry & Amanda Mayne v Francesca Christillin & Emanuela Gumirato

Chris Quinn v Giovanna Foglia
Cath Rawthore v Clotilde Fasolis Costa
Sue Dye v Camilla Dettori
Janet Melville v Silvia Valli

4th September 2013

England senior women qualify third in Euro championship

England have qualified in third place for the matchplay stages of the European senior ladies’ team championship at Bled, Slovenia.

Their first opponents in the knock out are Germany, who qualified sixth, but were only five shots behind England. “The scoring is very close,” said team captain Pat West. “There isn’t much between any of us and our team have done very well.”

English senior stroke play champion Sue Dye provided the highlight today when she holed her second shot for an eagle two on the first hole. She followed up with a birdie on the next and was one-under at the turn, before slipping back on the difficult back nine.

The team’s scoring was led by new international, Cath Rawthore, who had rounds of 76, 78 on the par 73 course.  

The 36 holes of stroke play qualifying were played over two days in glorious, sunny weather on a course which is both picturesque and tough.

The leading eight teams go forward to contest the medals in the championship matchplay, while the other seven play for place.

England qualifying scores (the best five scores count each round):
154 Cath Rawthore (Sale) 76 78
155 Caroline Berry (Bromborough) 75 80
159 Chris Quinn (Hockley) 81 78
162 Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) 83 79
163 Amanda Mayne (Saltford) 82 81
164 Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) 82 82

Leading qualifiers
1 Netherlands
2 France
3 England
4 Ireland
5 Sweden
6 Germany
7 Italy
8 Spain

Tomorrow’s draw
Germany v England

Karin Gumpert & Sigrid Amtsberg v Caroline Berry & Amanda Mayne

Tessa Oldenbourg v Chris Quinn
Cornelia Schmidt Stützle v Cath Rawthore
Chris Utermarck v Sue Dye
Dagmar Lehmann v Janet Melville