Familiar foes to meet at Wallasey

Bel Wardle will hope to go one step better when the English Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship gets underway tomorrow after her near miss in the English Women’s Amateur earlier this month.

The Prestbury player will be looking to reclaim the title she won back in 2017 when the tournament begins in the picturesque coastal surroundings of Wallasey Golf Club – the birthplace of the Stableford format for golf scoring.

For Wardle (main image, right) a second win in this event would go some way to make up for the disappointment of losing on the 37th hole to Australian Kirsten Rudgeley in the final of the English Women’s Amateur at Moortown Golf Club.

Wardle – a first reserve for the GB&I Curtis Cup team that takes on the USA later this month – will have a familiar face in her group for the first two days.

Amelia Williamson, an England colleague of Wardle in the past  and who herself reached the semi final of the English Amateur this month before Wardle’s stunning comeback put paid to her hopes, will be alongside the Cheshire golfer in one of the championship’s most eye-catching groupings.

Defending champion Annabel Fuller will not be taking part on Merseyside as she gets ready to join the 2021 Curtis Cup squad but there are plenty of other stellar names among this year’s field.

After helping England to victory in the recent Home Internationals at Woodhall Spa, Rachel Gourley, Olivia Lee, Lottie Woad and Davina Xanh will all be going for individual glory when they take to the course at Wallasey.

Shannon O’Dwyer and Mia Eales-Smith both made it to the last eight of the English Amateur and will look to continue their good form this week while Rosie Bee Kim comes into the tournament on a high following her success at the English Girls’ Under 14 Open Championship at Morecambe earlier this month.

The competition is open to female amateur golfers of all nationalities and will consist of 72 holes of stroke play. One round of 18 holes will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday before the leading 40 players and all those tying for 40th place play a further 36 holes on Thursday to decide who will lift the trophy.

Live score updates will be available via englandgolf.org and you can click here to see full tee times for Tuesday and Wednesday’s play.