England’s reign as Senior Women’s Home Internationals champions was halted by Ireland in a hard-fought battle at Newport, Wales.
Almost every point in the title decider was closely contested before Ireland emerged as the 4.5-3.5 winners. It was their third win in the championship, following back-to-back successes in 2012/13.
England captain Debbie Richards, commented: “It was a very tense afternoon for the captains but some amazing golf was played by all and I am very proud of the England team and it has been an honour to be their captain. Hopefully we can go one step further next year.”
England, who were seeking their 11th win and their fourth in a row, shared the points in the foursomes. Julie Brown and Aileen Greenfield continued their unbeaten record with their 5/4 win, while Lulu Housman and Caroline Berry snatched a half.
In the singles Brown always had the upper hand but had to go to the 17th to win her point 3/1. Jackie Foster was three down after three but battled back to win on the 17th and put England ahead.
But the Irish proved the stronger players over the closing stages of the other three games. Fiona Edmond lost by one hole, Berry by two holes and Housman was defeated by a 17th hole birdie, losing 3/1.
In the day’s other match Wales and Scotland halved. Final placings: 1 Ireland, 2 England, 3 Wales, 4 Scotland.
Caption – Back row from left, Caroline Berry (Bromborough, Cheshire), Felicity Christine (Woking, Surrey), Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire), Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe Sussex). Front row, from left: Jackie Foster (Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire), Debbie Richards (captain, Burhill, Surrey), Fiona Edmond (Ipswich, Suffolk), Lulu Housman (Wyke Green, Middlesex). (Image copyright The R&A).
4 October 2017
England will meet Ireland in title showdown
Defending champions England will meet Ireland tomorrow in the title decider at the Senior Women’s Home Internationals at Newport, Wales.
Both teams have a 100% record of two wins from two matches so far, with England defeating Scotland 5.5-2.5 today, having previously beaten Wales 5-3.
England captain Debbie Richards commented: “It will be a big day tomorrow for both teams as the winner will lift the trophy.”
England are aiming for their fourth consecutive win and their 11th overall victory in this championship.
Today, the team made a great start to the match, winning all three singles. “We had a fantastic start this morning,” said Richards. “Jackie Foster and Felicity Christie started the winning streak with a 6/5 victory, closely followed by Lulu Houseman and Caroline Berry winning by the same margin. Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown battled away after a slow start to win 3/2.”
In the afternoon singles the matches were very tight and after nine holes could have gone either way. But England fought hard in the windy and cold conditions to eventually secure a comfortable win.
In the other match Ireland beat Wales 6-2, having previously beaten Scotland by the same margin.
Caption. England team. Back row from left: Caroline Berry, Felicity Christine, Julie Brown, Aileen Greenfield. Front row, from left: Jackie Foster, Debbie Richards, Fiona Edmond, Lulu Housman . (Image copyright The R&A )
4 October 2017
England start title defence with win over Wales
England made a confident start to the defence of the Senior Women’s Home Internationals, beating the hosts, Wales, 5-3 at Newport.
“It was a thrilling first day against tough opposition who were playing a course they all know really well,” said England captain Debbie Richards.
England are aiming for their 11th overall win in this event and their fourth consecutive championship title.
The team laid the foundations of today’s success in the morning foursomes. Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown powered to a 6/4 win over their opponents, while Jackie Foster and Fiona Edmond – respectively the English senior stroke play and amateur champions – won 3/2.
In the singles, Wales made a strong start but England soon got into their stride and won three of the five points on offer. Brown was again in a hurry, winning 7/5. Comfortable wins from Greenfield (4/3) and Foster (3/2) secured the match win for the European silver medallists.
In the day’s other match, Ireland beat Scotland 6-2. Tomorrow England play Scotland and Wales play Ireland. “All the teams have very strong players so it will be another tough day tomorrow,” said Richards.
The team, captained by Debbie Richards of Burhill, Surrey, is: Caroline Berry of Bromborough, Cheshire, Julie Brown of Trentham, Staffordshire, Felicity Christine of Woking, Surrey, Fiona Edmond of Ipswich, Suffolk, Jackie Foster of Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, Aileen Greenfield of Pyecombe, Sussex and Lulu Housman of Wyke Green, Middlesex.
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1 October 2017
England set for defence of senior title
England will begin their defence of the Senior Women’s Home International title on Tuesday at Newport Golf Club, Wales.
The six players who won the silver medal at last month’s European team championship are all in the side, together with Surrey’s Felicity Christine.
The full team, captained by Debbie Richards of Surrey, is: Caroline Berry of Cheshire, Julie Brown of Staffordshire, Felicity Christine of Surrey, Fiona Edmond of Suffolk, Jackie Foster of Hertfordshire, Aileen Greenfield of Sussex and Lulu Housman of Middlesex.
England have dominated the Senior Women’s Home Internationals since it started in 2003, winning the Sue Johnson Trophy 10 times, with consecutive wins in the last three years. The round robin competition against Scotland, Ireland and Wales continues until Thursday, 5 October.
Caroline Berry (Bromborough) was fifth in the British senior championship, is a past English senior champion and reached the semi-finals of this year’s event, having been top qualifier.
Julie Brown (Trentham) won the 2015 British senior championship, was runner-up last year and fourth this season. She won the English senior title in 2014 and has represented England every year since then.
Felicity Christine (Woking) is a past winner of the British senior title and had a top 20 finish last month. She was a quarter finalist in the English senior championship and fifth in the English senior stroke play
Fiona Edmond (Ipswich) was an England and GB&I international before a break of 25 years. She won the English senior title at her first attempt in May.
Jackie Foster (Bishop’s Stortford) has won back-to-back English senior stroke play titles and had a top 20 finish in the British seniors.
Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe) is playing only her second full season of senior golf and has been runner-up three times in English championships.
Lulu Housman (Wyke Green) won the English senior stroke play title in 2015. She was a semi-finalist in this year’s senior amateur and tied 11th in the stroke play.