England’s senior women have been presented with the challenge of competing for honours in two team events at home and abroad.
Senior women’s team captain Angela Jones has named squads for the revised Home Internationals at Woodhall Spa from 4-6 August and for the defence of the European Senior Ladies’ Team Championship at BlackseaRama Golf Resort in Bulgaria from 31 August-4 September.
The squad for the Home Internationals is as follows:
- Tracey Williamson (main image) – Sheringham GC, Norfolk
- Fiona Edmond (pictured below)– Aldeburgh GC, Suffolk
- Aileen Greenfield – Pyecombe GC, Sussex
- Catherine Rawthore – Sale GC, Lancashire
1st reserve: Jackie Foster – Bishop’s Stortford GC, Hertfordshire
2nd reserve: Caroline Berry – Bromborough GC, Cheshire
The above six players will also form the team for the Europeans with the addition of three further reserves:
- Jane Southcombe – Broadstone GC, Dorset
- Jenny Deeley – Enville GC, Staffordshire
- Clarissa Bushell – West Sussex GC, Sussex
As reigning European champions, the defence of the title is hugely important to Jones and her players.
“Consistency of performance over the week will provide the recipe for success,” admitted the captain.
“However, as defending champions we can have the confidence that no other team will be wanting to play us.
“The format of the event provides the double challenge of qualifying well in the two stroke play rounds and then following this up with consistently good performances in the knock out match play stages.”
England go into a revised Home Internationals series where they will team up with the senior men in a new format.
Jones added: “The Home Internationals have an innovative format due to the pandemic – four senior women are combined with four senior men into an eight-person team.
“The matches are four foursomes followed by eight singles with women playing against women and men against men.
“We’re looking forward to drawing on the combined experience that this brings to the event and learning from each other, whilst the demanding format means the seniors are playing 36 holes a day for 3 days running, which will certainly test both physical and mental fitness.”
The majority of players selected for the squads were done so based on placings and performances in the England Order of Merit events.
“I am very pleased with the two very strong squads,” added Jones.
“The three events that have contributed to the order of merit have been played on a good variety of courses.
“Hayling is a great links venue with all the usual merits of blind shots, large undulating greens, hard and bumpy fairways and demanding rough.
“Market Rasen is a shorter but much narrower course with small greens, demanding good accuracy and Ashridge was set up as a much longer parkland course with very long rough that swallowed up balls and greens with many subtle undulations.
“The combination of these three courses has produced an order of merit that has enabled a very strong group of players to rise to the top. They are an excellent combination of experience and new talent.”