The England senior ladies’ team beat France today to be crowned champions of Europe for the first time.
They triumphed by winning 3½-1½ in the final of the European senior ladies’ team championship at Gut Altentann Golf Club in Austria.
“The team stuck to their game plans and played their hearts out to win the gold medal,” said team captain Pat Wrightson.
Fittingly, Chris Quinn (image © Leaderboard Photography) helped to deliver the winning point, securing it with a tremendous fightback in the foursomes in partnership with Lulu Housman.
England has been represented in this championship in eight of the nine years it has taken place – and Chris has played in every team. During that time she’s amassed three silver medals and two bronzes, but the gold has eluded her until now.
However, at one stage, a foursomes win looked extremely unlikely. The pair were five down after nine holes – but in an amazing turnaround they won the next seven holes, before clinching their win with a par on the 17th.
Earlier, English senior stroke play champion Cath Rawthore and Somerset’s Amanda Mayne had both scored big singles win to take England to the brink of victory. Cath won 5/4, holing a number of key putts, while Amanda was solid throughout her match and won 6/4.
Debbie Richards also played solid golf but met a French player on the top of her game and lost to sub-par golf. The match of Julie Brown, the English senior champion, was deemed halved when the overall outcome was decided. At the time, she was on the 17th tee, one down in a very tight match having lost the 15th to a birdie.
Ireland, who were the 2013 champions, beat Sweden in the play-off for third place and won the bronze medal.
Chris Quinn (Hockley) and Lulu Housman (Highgate) beat Laurence Rozner and Virgine Burrus 2/1
Julie Brown (Trentham) halved with Nathalie Lamboult
Cath Rawthore (Sale) beat Sophie Pfeiffer 5/4
Amanda Mayne (Saltford) beat Christine Muracciole 6/4
Debbie Richards (Burhill) lost to Christine Mouhica 5/4
5th September 2014
England ladies to play France in Euro final
England will play for the gold medal tomorrow when they meet France in the final of the European senior ladies’ team championship at Gut Altentann Golf Club in Austria.
The team beat Sweden 3½-1½ with a fine performance in today’s semi-final, which was delayed for an hour due to heavy mist.
Captain Pat Wrightson commented: “England built on their successful qualification in second place and rose to the challenge, beating a determined Swedish team.”
The first point was secured by Chris Quinn and Lulu Houseman who produced a great fightback from two down to win the foursomes.
English senior champion Julie Brown kept the momentum going when she birdied the last to win the top singles match. Debbie Richards claimed the crucial third point and the team’s place in the final when she defeated her opponent 4/3.
Pat added: “The golf was of a high standard and the patience of the England players was rewarded with a place in the final against France tomorrow.”
Chris Quinn (Hockley) & Lulu Housman (Highgate) beat Anette Djup & Charlotte Rhedin 2/1
Julie Brown (Trentham) beat Helene Maxe 1 up
Cath Rawthore (Sale) lost to Ylva Skannestigh 2/1
Amanda Mayne (Saltford) halved with Christina Birke
Debbie Richards (Burhill) beat Eva Hildebrand 4/3
4th September 2014
England ladies qualify second in Euro championship
England delivered in style in the weather-hit European senior ladies’ team championship, responding to repeated delays in play by qualifying second for the medal match play flight.
Persistent and torrential rain meant that the start of the championship – scheduled for Tuesday – was delayed by two days at Gut Altentann Golf Club in Austria.
And when championship finally got underway today it was in a curtailed event: the course was shortened to par 67 to take the wettest areas out of play; and only the leading four teams qualified in the top match play flight, instead of the usual eight.
England, however, rose to the challenge. The team had spent the time using the practise facilities – which remained open – and walking the course. They also passed away a few hours with a visit to Salzburg and a Sound of Music coach tour!
When the event began, they were ready to grab their place in the semi-finals, where they will play Sweden. Captain Pat Wrightson remarked: “It was a very challenging round of golf for the players with embedded balls, casual water and much GUR.
“The team has shown great strength of character in using their time profitably on the practice range and walking the course and they remained upbeat and focussed for today.”
The scoring was led by Somerset’s Amanda Mayne (Saltford) on 70, followed by English senior champion Julie Brown (Trentham) and Chris Quinn (Hockley) on 71, senior strokeplay champion Cath Rawthore (Sale) on 74 and Lulu Housman (Highgate) on 80. The 82 of Debbie Richards (Burhill) was discarded.
France qualified top, followed by England, Sweden and defending champions Ireland. Click here for the qualifying scores