England celebrates an international hat trick

English senior womens home ints 2016 credit Cal Carson agency

England completed a hat trick of successive wins in the Senior Women’s Home Internationals when they beat Wales 5.5- 2.5 in difficult, blustery conditions at Alyth Golf Club, Scotland.

It’s the team’s 10th win since the championship started in 2003 and team captain Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) said: “I have had a super team and they have played really well.

“There has been a great team spirit and they have dug deep when it had been difficult and they have come up with the results. We are very pleased to retain the trophy.”

The players were: Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire), Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex), Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire), Karen Jobling (Richmond, Yorkshire), Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire), Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire) and Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest, Sussex).

Today, thanks to previous wins over Ireland and Scotland, England needed just three points from the match against Wales to retain the title.

They secured two of those in this morning’s foursomes, with wins by Foster and Rawthore and by Lowe and Jobling. Foster went on to put the result beyond doubt when she played par golf for a whopping 7/6 win in the singles.

But the team were not satisfied and wanted an outright win in the match. Rawthore edged them closer when she took her point on the 18th to guarantee at least a half.

Lowe then fought back from one down after 16 to finish one up. She birdied the 16th to be all square, got ahead by winning the 17th and then held on to her lead by halving the 18th in par.

Finally Jobling – covered in mud after falling flat while chipping from a slippery bank on the 5th – completed the scoreline with another fighting finish. She had trailed throughout the match and was still two down with three to play. But, she birdied 16 to win the hole, halved 17 and won 18 with a par to halve her game

28th September, 2016

England beat Scotland with superb singles

England are the only team with two wins from the two matches played so far and will aim to complete their title defence when they face Wales tomorrow.

“There’s all to play for tomorrow after Wales beat the favourites, Ireland,” said team captain Pat Wrightson.

Today, the early advantage was with Scotland who finished strongly to win two of the three foursomes on the final green. But Julie Brown and Aileen Greenfield kept England in touch with their 4/3 win in the other game.

The singles were tight to start with but England were on top form and didn’t lose a match. Greenfield played par golf to put the first point on the board with her 3/2 win and was quickly followed by Brown who had four birdies and was two-under when she won, also 3/2. Cath Rawthore played par golf in a very tight match, eventually emerging as the 1 up winner

English senior strokeplay champion Jackie Foster got off to a great start with birdies on the first two holes and was soon three up. She won 4/3, having had five birdies. Katherine Russell had a game of two halves, leading on the way out but trailing on the way home before winning the 18th for a hard fought half.

In the day’s other match Wales beat Ireland by 5.5-2.5.

The England team, captained by Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield) is: Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire), Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex), Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire), Karen Jobling (Richmond, Yorkshire), Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire), Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire), Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest, Sussex).

27th September 2016

England start title defence with impressive win 

England made an impressive start to the defence of their title in the Senior Women’s Home Internationals today when they beat European champions, Ireland, 5.5-2.5.??

?The team, who are the European bronze medallists, laid the foundation of their win with fighting play in the foursomes, which saw them lead 2.5-0.5 at lunch at Alyth Golf Club in Scotland.

All three of the games were decided on the 18th green. Jackie Foster and Cath Rawthore won the last two holes to finish two up in the top game. Julie Brown and Aileen Greenfield were three up after 11 holes, but were pulled back to just 1up after 15. However they held on to their lead – and their point, when they halved the three remaining holes. Helen Lowe and Karen Jobling were two down after 15 but snatched a half after winning 16 and 18.

In the singles the wind was gusting up to 40 mph in the afternoon making distance control difficult and putting challenging. But Julie Brown – the 2015 British senior champion – put the first point on the board with her 5/4 win. Jackie Foster holed a 20 feet putt for par on the short 14th to win her match by 5/4 and give England the second point of the afternoon and a winning margin of 4.5 points. This was increased to 5.5 when Katherine Russell won by 2/1, having never been behind in her game.

England captain Pat Wrightson said: “The team played exceptionally well in very difficult weather conditions. The morning started with rain and it was very damp under foot. This dried up late morning to be replaced by heavy winds making the golf very difficult for the last part of the foursomes and the singles matches.”

In the day’s other match Scotland beat Wales 5-3.

Tomorrow England play Scotland, while Ireland play Wales.

27 September 2016

England’s senior women begin title defence

England will begin the defence of their title at the Senior Women’s Home Internationals today with an opening match against European champions, Ireland.

England will take on the challenge with the six players who won the bronze medal at the European team championship, with the addition of Aileen Greenfield of Pyecombe, Sussex.

Greenfield has been runner-up twice in the English senior stroke play, reached the matchplay stages of the English senior amateur and tied 13th in the British senior championship.

She joins:

Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire) who was runner-up in the British seniors, having won the title in 2015.

Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) is the English senior stroke play champion and was a semi-finalist in this year’s English senior amateur.

Karen Jobling (Richmond, Yorkshire) was runner-up in the English senior amateur and finished 13th in the stroke play.

Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire) was the 2015 English senior amateur championship and was seventh in this year’s stroke play.

Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire) is the English senior amateur champion, past winner of the stroke play title and the 2014 British senior champion

Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest, Sussex) won the 2012 British senior championship and led the qualifiers at this year’s English senior amateur.

The Senior Home Internationals is being played at Alyth Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland. England have won the title nine times since the championship began in 2003.

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Caption. Back row from left: Karen Jobling, Katherine Russell, Aileen Greenfield, Helen Lowe. Front row from left: Jackie Foster, Pat Wrightson, captain, Julie Brown, Cath Rawthore. (Image courtesy LGU)