Aileen Greenfield is hoping to knock off the post-lockdown rust and enjoy another successful week at the English Senior Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
Tomorrow, Greenfield will begin the defence of her title as 86 of the country’s top senior women compete for glory at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire.
Greenfield experienced the best moment of her golfing career in this event at St Enodoc last year and can’t wait to catch up with old friends and be involved in some long-awaited competitive action.
Greenfield – a member at Pyecome Golf Club in Sussex – admitted: “I’m really looking forward to competing again.
“I played in the Spanish Senior Women’s Open back in March at El Saler near Valencia and then, of course, we got home just at the point when the country was put into lockdown.
“It’s been great being back on the course recently, but it’s hard to know where your game is at.
“I’ve played in a few club competitions and I’m hitting the ball ok, but the courses are so dry and bumpy right now it can be hard to judge your shots.
“But this is a competition I enjoy – I’ve been runner up a couple of time and lost in a play-off before winning last year.”
Greenfield’s 2019 victory was one that she enjoyed – eventually!
Only when her approach to the 18th hole was safely on the green did she enquire about her position on the leaderboard – and when given the comfort of a few shots cushion promptly made a birdie to finish on a high.
“It would be lovely to go and do it again, but that’s the bonus. Really, we’re all just grateful to be back out playing again,” she added.
“Last year was a real highlight. I didn’t know for sure where I was on the leaderboard as I had been avoiding it all day. Only after I put it on the green on 18 did I ask the state of play.
“It was a nice feeling finding out after my approach was safely on the green.
“It was such a special moment and I have to say that the reaction back at my golf club was lovely.
“We enjoyed a party with friends and golf club members and they have put up a photograph to mark my achievement which was lovely.”
This year’s event will see 54-holes of stroke play golf on the Green Course at Frilford Heath decide the winner of the title.
After 36 holes, there will be a cut with the top 45 and ties progressing to the final round where the player with the lowest three round total will be crowned champion.
In a separate handicap competition, the winner will be the player who records the lowest nett score over 36 holes.