Full field heads to Wiltshire for English senior championship

Felicity Christine

A full field of 120 leading golfers from all over the country will contest the senior women’s English amateur championship at Tidworth Garrison Golf Club, Wiltshire, next week, from April 24-27.

The quality field includes the British senior champion, Felicity Christine from Surrey (pictured), together with a host of fellow senior internationals – and a strong contingent of local players led by Wiltshire second team captain, Jayne Long.

The five-handicapper is one of five members of Tidworth who have entered, alongside another five from other Wiltshire clubs. They include Sue Sutton of Ogbourne Downs who was an England selector and, like Jayne, is a past county champion.

Neighbouring Hampshire is supplying an impressive 15 competitors, who include leading senior player, Chris Quinn of Hockley. The scratch player has won this title three times, has been British senior champion and has also won the English senior strokeplay title.

Other senior internationals in the field include past champion Caroline Berry (formerly Marron) of Cheshire, Roz Adams of Surrey, and Janet Melville of Nottinghamshire. Missing from the action, though, is last year’s winner, Sue Dye of Cheshire, who is unable to play because of family commitments.

Altogether, the field includes players from almost 30 counties and the new “intake” of those who have reached their 50th birthday includes Amanda Mayne, the former Somerset captain and a two-handicapper.

The full field will play 18 holes of strokeplay qualifying on each of Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 and 25. The top 16 players will qualify for the championship matchplay flight and the next 16 will go into the second flight knockout. The matchplay starts on Thursday and the finals off both flights will be played on the afternoon of Friday, April 27. There will be a consolation stableford competition on Thursday, April 26 for those who do not qualify for the matchplay.

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