Dorset golfers out in force for national championship

Broadstone 8th credit Kevin Murray

Dorset women golfers will turn out in force next week when a national championship takes place in the county at Broadstone Golf Club from June 16-18.

They will account for almost a quarter of the field in the English senior women’s stroke play championship – with Broadstone itself fielding nine players. Another 10 are representing eight more clubs across the county.

“That’s fabulous,” said Broadstone ladies’ captain Elba Jones. “We’ve been encouraging them to play. We have a small group of about 36 ladies who play regularly, so to have nine in the championship is pretty good!

“We’ve been looking forward to the event from the moment we heard about it. Players always enjoy Broadstone, it’s a lovely, lovely course and no two holes are the same.”

Elba’s inside tips for low scoring are accurate reading of the fast greens and good course management. “It’s not just about hitting a very long ball,” she said.

The other county-affiliated clubs which are fielding players are: Astley Wood, Crane Valley, Dorset, Dudsbury, Knighton Heath, Ferndown, Parkstone and Yeovil.

The local competitors will be joined by leading players from across the country, making up a total field of 86, which includes the defending champion and British titleholder, Cath Rawthore from Cheshire.

Also in the field is the English senior amateur champion, Helen Lowe from Leicestershire, who will be bidding for a rare double. She will attempt to follow in the footsteps of Hampshire’s Chris Quinn (Hockley), who is the only player so far to win both titles in the same season, achieving the feat in 2009.

The full field will play 18 holes on each of Tuesday and Wednesday, June 16 and 17. The leading 36 players and ties will qualify for the final round on Thursday, June 18.

Caption: The eighth hole at Broadstone (Image © Kevin Murray).