England’s super seniors do the double

Snr Home Ints Pat West and Sue Johnson

England’s super senior ladies have pulled off the double: adding the Home Internationals title to the European crown they won last month.

Their success at Huddersfield also means a clean sweep of the women’s Home Internationals, with England claiming the girls’, ladies’ and senior titles. The last time the teams achieved this feat was in 2011.

England captain Pat West said: “They have done it and done it in style! It’s brilliant.”

She added: “They are such a good team – a good team in depth – and they played magnificently. The course has been superb, the weather has been great, everything about this event has been wonderful.”

The team (image © LGU) were determined to add the Home Internationals title to their victory in the European senior ladies’ team championship and they have been on great form all week, recording three convincing wins.

They beat Ireland 5½-2½ on the opening day, defeated Scotland 6-2 yesterday and rounded off with a 7-1 win over Wales today.

They put one hand on the trophy after winning this morning’s foursomes 3-0, including a 9/7 win by Chris Quinn and Lulu Housman.  By contrast Julie Brown and Amanda Mayne had to produce a fighting finish, winning both the 17th and 18th to capture their point.  Debbie Richards and Katherine Russell were in control throughout their match, winning on the 15th.

The overall victory was confirmed when Amanda Mayne and Katherine Russell scored comfortable singles wins and the final scoreline was achieved when Lulu Housman and Julie Brown followed them in with wins in their games.

The scoring in Julie Brown’s match summed up the standard of play this week. Julie, the English senior champion, started birdie, birdie, eagle, birdie – and her opponent also had two birdies in those holes. Altogether they shared nine birdies before the match ended on the 16th. “It was phenomenal golf,” said Pat West.

England results v Wales

Foursomes
Julie Brown (Trentham) & Amanda Mayne (Saltford) beat Olwen Davies & Christine Harries 1 up
Debbie Richards (Burhill) & Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) beat Ann Lewis & Jane Rees 4/3
Chris Quinn (Hockley) & Lulu Housman (Highgate) beat Sharon Roberts & Vicki Thomas 9/7

Singles
Cath Rawthore (Sale) lost to Jane Rees 3/1
Mayne beat Davies 5/4
Russell beat Harries 5/3
Housman beat Julie Ace 3/1
Brown beat Lewis 3/2

Captions. Top: Pat West (left) receives the Sue Johnson Trophy from Sue Johnson. Sue, the President of Huddersfield Golf Club, gave the trophy when the competition started when she was President of the Ladies Golf Union. She is also a past President of England Golf.

The England team. Back row (from left): Debbie Richards, Chris Quinn, Katherine Russell, Lulu Housman and Amanda Mayne. Front row: Julie Brown, Pat West and Cath Rawthore.

1 October 2014

Big margins underline England win over Scotland

England notched up a series of big wins as they defeated Scotland 6-2 on the second day of the senior ladies’ Home Internationals at Huddersfield in Yorkshire.

The team (Image © LGU) started with a clean sweep in the morning foursomes, with one match decided on the 12th – courtesy of Chris Quinn and Lulu Housman – and the other two finishing on the 15th.

It was a similar story in the afternoon singles where England claimed all three of their wins on the 15th. Both Chris Quinn and Debbie Richards finished 4/3 while Katherine Russell, playing in the final match, won 5/3.

England captain Pat West said: “We had another good result today. This is a very strong England team and they are playing well, but the course is very demanding and we are having to rest players.”

England lead the championship so far with two wins from two matches and will take the title if they beat Wales tomorrow. It would create a special double after England won the senior ladies’ European championship last month – and it would mean a clean sweep in Home Internationals wins, following the ladies’ and girls’ successes.

Pat commented: “They are all playing so well and they are definitely up for tomorrow. They so want to get the double and to make sure that we get all three Home Internationals. They are looking forward to it.”

In today’s other match Ireland beat Wales 7½-½. Tomorrow, Ireland play Scotland.

England results

Foursomes
Julie Brown (Trentham) & Amanda Mayne (Saltford) beat Sheena Wood & Lesley Lloyd 4/3
Cath Rawthore (Sale) & Debbie Richards (Burhill) beat Alison Bartlett & Alex Glennie 5/3
Chris Quinn (Hockley) & Lulu Housman (Highgate) beat Mary Smith & Fiona De Vries 7/6

Singles
Rawthore lost to Wood 3/1
Quinn beat Lloyd 4/3
Housman lost to Anne Ryan 3/2
Richards beat Bartlett 4/3
Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) beat Glennie 5/3

1 October 2014

England win with super singles show

England staged a stunning singles performance to beat defending champions, Ireland, 5½-2½, on yesterday’s opening day of the senior ladies’ Home Internationals at Huddersfield, Yorkshire.

The team got off to a slow start, losing two of the three morning foursomes to Ireland, but they more than made up for it in the afternoon when they were unbeaten, winning four matches and halving the fifth.

English senior champion Julie Brown led the charge with a 5/4 win. She set off as she meant to go on, winning the first three holes of her game and she lost only one hole in the entire match.

Debbie Richards also had a comfortable result, winning the 15th and 16th to claim her point by the margin of 3/2. She won the first hole of her match and was never behind, being pulled back to all square just once, and then only for the duration of one hole.

However, England’s remaining points were nailbiters. British senior champion Cath Rawthore and Katherine Russell both had to win the 18th to secure their 1up victories. Meanwhile Amanda Mayne was pulled back to all square in her match when her opponent won the 17th, but she managed a half on the last to maintain England’s unbeaten record.

The team are bidding to add this title to the European team championship, which they won at the beginning of September. A win will also give England a clean sweep of women’s Home Internationals, having already won the ladies’ and girls’ titles.

In the day’s other match Wales beat Scotland 4½-3½. Today England play Scotland and Wales take on Ireland.

Results

Foursomes
Julie Brown (Trentham) & Amanda Mayne (Saltford) lost to Carol Wickham & Sheena McElroy 1 down
Chris Quinn (Hockley) & Lulu Housman (Highgate) lost to Pat Doran & Helen Jones 5/3
Cath Rawthore (Sale) & Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) beat Laura Webb & Suzanne Corcoran 2/1

Singles
Rawthore beat Webb 1 up
Brown beat Wickham 5/4
Mayne halved with Doran
Debbie Richards (Burhill) beat Gertie McMullen 3/2
Russell beat McElroy 1up