Hallamshire set to launch English championship season

Fiona Edmond

The England Golf championship season tees off on Monday when the country’s leading senior women play at Hallamshire, Yorkshire, in search of national glory.

The English senior women’s championship brings a strong field to Hallamshire. Suffolk’s Fiona Edmond will defend her title, which she won last year at her first attempt.

She’ll be joined in the field by six former champions, plus several winners of the seniors’ other national title.

Then there’s the first-timers, excited to be entering a new golfing arena and seeking fresh honours. Last year it was the turn of Edmond (Ipswich), who crowned her return to golf after an absence of over 20 years, when she took the title.

This year’s newcomers include Tracey Williamson (Royal Cromer), a multiple Norfolk champion and the mother of England girl international, Amelia.

There’s lots of local interest with five Hallamshire players in the field and another 10 competitors from other Yorkshire clubs.

They’ll find plenty of inspiration at Hallamshire where the members include Alison Nicholas, the former US Open champion and winning Solheim Cup captain; Matt Fitzpatrick, the four-times European Tour winner and Ryder Cup player – and BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker.

The championship starts with 36 holes of stroke play qualifying, on Monday and Tuesday, 14 and 15 May. Then there’s matchplay knockout, played over three days in two flights. The 32 best qualifiers play in the Championship flight for the Wendy Taylor Trophy. The 16 best qualifiers aged 60 and over play for the Ann Howard Trophy. The finals will be played on the afternoon of Friday 18 May.