Hampshire’s Chris Quinn wins fourth English senior championship

Chris Quinn

Hampshire’s Chris Quinn won the English women’s senior championship for the fourth time when she beat Surrey’s Roz Adams 2/1 in a gripping final at Tidworth Garrison, Wiltshire.

The victory extends her superb senior record. Chris has now won six English titles, including her two stroke play victories, and one British championship.  “To win so many is beyond your wildest dreams – and it’s all fresh, it still means everything to me,” she said.

Chris played the championship with a new set of irons which had just one outing before the event began. “I think they probably suit me,” she laughed.

They certainly proved to be weapons of great accuracy during the final which Chris described as “A brilliant game – Roz just doesn’t let go.”

The first half was quite spectacular with three holes halved with birdies: the second, seventh and eighth. Between them, the two players had eight birdies over the nine holes and Chris reached the turn at three-under par and one-up.

Highlights included the downhill par four seventh, where Roz almost drove the green to set up her birdie. Chris matched her score with a delicate pitch over a bunker and a confident putt. On the next, Roz played her approach to within 3ft of the pin to set up yet another birdie; Chris was 30ft away – and rolled the ball straight in the cup.

On the 12th, Chris extended her lead to two up with an excellent pitch, which finished stone dead for a par.

The intensity of the battle was captured on the par three 13th, where both players hit the pin with their tee shots and went on to halve the hole. They shared the next two before Roz won the 16th and reduced the deficit to one hole. On this occasion it was her turn to show a magical touch around the green, running a low chip up to the pin.

The 17th was the decider. Roz was just short of the green and this time her chip pulled up a little too quickly and she just missed the putt, while Chris two-putted for a par and the title.

Afterwards Roz commented: “I’m happy. I gave it my best but I came up against Chris Quinn at her best.”

Flight Two was won by another former English senior champion when Buckinghamshire’s Christine Watson beat Barbara Laird of Cheshire by 4/2.

This success marked Christine’s return to competitive golf after an absence of three years due to family commitments. “It’s nice to be back and nice to think I’ve got the energy to do it,” she remarked at the end of the five-round marathon.

She had hoped to make the championship matchplay but just missed out after one of the qualifying rounds was abandoned because of torrential rain. “I was disappointed but once that’s happened the only thing to do is try to win,” she said.

In the final she played steady golf, driving well and putting herself in good positions. Barbara won the first hole but Christine came straight back with wins on the second and third and stayed ahead for the rest of the match. “I was outgunned today,” said Barbara.

The Tidworth Garrison golf course won the praise of players for its condition and the way it recovered from the deluge on the second qualifying day. “We wouldn’t have been able to play this on many courses,” said Chris Quinn.

Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies) beat Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham) 4/3
Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Carol Cass (Broadstone) 5/3
Quinn beat Adams 2/1

Flight Two
Chris Watson (Beaconsfield) beat Karen Lobb (Northamptonshire County) 1 up
Barbara Laird (Sandiway) beat Caroline Berry (Bromborough) 2 up
Watson beat Laird 4/2

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Roz Adams eagles into English senior championship semi-finals

26th April, 2012

Surrey’s Roz Adams won a ding-dong battle of the internationals to claim her place in tomorrow’s semi-finals of the English women’s senior championship at Tidworth Garrison, Wiltshire.

She eagled the 18th to square her quarter final match against Janet Melville – and then parred the 19th to claim her place in the final four.

She will play Berkshire’s Linda Hunt, who is playing in the event for the first time. The other semi-final will be contested by three-times champion Chris Quinn of Hampshire and Dorset’s Carol Cass.

The competitors had to contend with rain, mainly in the morning, and increasingly strong winds which became very blustery in the afternoon. But they replied with plenty of fine golf.

Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies) came through two tight matches, first beating Joan Pullen (Basingstoke) on the 18th before taking on Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest).

Roz appeared to have the upper hand after three consecutive birdies took her to the turn two up. But Janet pulled her back and won the 17th to go one up, before losing the 18th to that eagle.

“After those three birdies I thought all I had to do was par in, but Janet just kept going, she never lets you go,” said Roz.

Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham) is 51 and has played only one other senior event  – and is making a quick impact, having finished 10th in last year’s English senior stroke play championship. She played near-par golf this morning to beat Yorkshire’s Pat Wrightson and then took on Somerset champion Amanda Mayne, who was making her senior debut.

Their quarter final was very tight, with only two holes changing hands on the outward half. Linda critically moved one up with a birdie at 14 and then won the 15th to go two up. Two halved holes were enough to take her through to the next round.

Chris Quinn (Hockley) made short work of her morning match, which she won on the 13th, and looked to be heading to another big-margin win in the afternoon against Lulu Housman (Highgate).

Chris, who had a chip-in birdie and an eagle in the front nine, was five up after 12. But Lulu narrowed the gap to three with a fine short game display on the next two holes, before Chris won the 15th to take the match.

Carol Cass (Broadstone) takes her place in the quarter-finals after defeating Jeannie O’Keeffe (Hankley Common) 2/1. Carol had a walkover in the first round after her opponent withdrew. Jeannie won her first round match on the 19th.

In Flight Two, two former English senior champions are through to the last four. The 2006 champion, Christine Watson (Beaconsfield) will play Karen Lobb (Northamptonshire County), while 2010 champion Caroline Berry, formerly Marron, (Bromborough) will play Barbara Laird (Sandiway).

The shot of the day was played by Oxfordshire county captain Annie Gowing (Frilford Heath) who had a hole in one on the 11th in her first round match in Flight Two. She won the game but was knocked out in the quarter finals by Karen Lobb.

The consolation stableford for players who did not reach the matchplay stages was won by Jill Edwardes (Newbury & Crookham), who scored 34 points. The 73-year-old is playing only her second senior event and joked “The old girl done good!”

Championship flight

First round
Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) beat  Pat West (Spalding) 6/5
Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies’) beat  Joan Pullen (Basingstoke) 1 up
Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham) beat Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield) 4/3
Amanda Mayne (Saltford) beat Carol Duncumb (Rothley Park) 6/5
Lulu Housman (Highgate) beat Gillian Curley (Northamptonshire County) 5/4
Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Elaine Barrow (Brokenhurst Manor) 6/5
Jeannie O’Keeffe (Hankley Common) beat Sarah Arnold (Henley) at the 19th
Carol Cass (Broadstone) w/o Jane Bennett (Lee-on-the-Solent)

Quarter finals
Adams beat Melville at 19th
Hunt beat Mayne 2/1
Quinn beat Housman 4/3
Cass beat O’Keeffe 2/1

Adams v Hunt
Quinn v Cass

Flight two

First round
Christine Watson (Beaconsfield) beat Alison Blackmore (Newbury & Crookham) 1up
Airlie Dyson (Batchworth Park) beat Jackie Barraclough (East Bierley) 4/2
Annie Gowing (Frilford Heath) beat Debbie Richards (Burhill) 6/5
Karen Lobb (Northamptonshire County) beat Sandra Paul (Huddersfield) 5/4
Sandra Moses (Knebworth) beat Jane Shergold (Blackmoor) 1up
Caroline Berry (Bromborough) beat Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) 4/3
Jayne Long (Tidworth Garrison) beat Beverley Moss (Camberley Heath) 1 up
Barbara Laird (Sandiway) beat Judie Lewis (Hockley) 4/2

Quarter finals
Watson beat  Dyson 6/5
Lobb beat Gowing 4/3
Berry beat Moses 6/5
Laird beat Long 5/3
Semi finals
Watson v Lobb
Berry v Laird

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Play abandoned in English women’s senior championship

25th April, 2012

The second qualifying round at the English women’s senior championship at Tidworth Garrison, Wiltshire, was abandoned this morning,  before play began, because of high winds and torrential rain.

Several holes were already flooded, despite the best efforts of the green staff and volunteers, and the weather forecast was for worsening conditions.

The soggy ground conditions caused the championship scoreboard to become unstable and decorative flower pots were blown across the course.

Championship manager Emma Lowe commented: “We just can’t work fast enough to keep the course open. It’s sad because this is a course which drains really well but the rain is just coming down too heavily.”

The draw for tomorrow’s championship matchplay and the second flight knockout was made on the basis of yesterday’s first round scores.  Players who do not qualify for either will be able to enter the consolation stableford which also will take place tomorrow. Play starts at 8am and spectators are welcome.

Championship draw
Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) v  Pat West (Spalding)
Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies’) v Joan Pullen (Basingstoke)
Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield) v Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham)
Carol Duncumb (Rothley Park) v Amanda Mayne (Saltford)
Lulu Housman (Highgate) v Gillian Curley (Northamptonshire County)
Chris Quinn (Hockley) v Elaine Barrow (Brokenhurst Manor)
Jeannie O’Keeffe (Hankley Common) v Sarah Arnold (Henley)
Jane Bennett (Lee-on-the-Solent) v Carol Cass (Broadstone)

Flight Two
Christine Watson (Beaconsfield) v Alison Blackmore (Newbury & Crookham)
Jackie Barraclough (East Bierley) v Airlie Dyson (Batchworth Park)
Debbie Richards (Burhill) v Annie Gowing (Frilford Heath)
Karen Lobb (Northamptonshire County) v Sandra Paul (Huddersfield)
Sandra Moses (Knebworth) v Jane Shergold (Blackmoor)
Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) v Caroline Berry (Bromborough)
Jayne Long (Tidworth Garrison) v Beverley Moss (Camberley Heath)
Judie Lewis (Hockley) v  Barbara Laird (Sandiway)

Four players share lead at English senior championship

24 April 2012

Four players share the lead after the first qualifying round of the English senior women’s amateur golf championship at Tidworth Garrison, Wiltshire.

Senior international Janet Melville of Nottinghamshire (pictured) is joined in pole position by Lulu Housman of Middlesex, Somerset champion Amanda Mayne and Dorset’s Carol Cass. They all returned scores of four-over par 76 on a day which, for the most part, was sunny and dry with a chilly wind.

This was Amanda’s debut in senior golf, after she turned 50 last October. She was in the first group out and set a standard which was never passed: “It was definitely unexpected! I started with a nervy three-putt but held it together after that,” she remarked.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow, although they say it’s going to be bad weather – but I’ve got umpteen waterproofs.”

Carol Cass, meanwhile, was “just enjoying the moment” at the top of the leaderboard. She’s a regular in English senior events and this is the first time she’s held the lead: “I’ve come off in a bit of shock,” she laughed after she birdied the last.

She’s a former Dorset county player who says: “I absolutely love senior golf. I’ve made so many friends and we get to play really nice courses. I’m enjoying Tidworth, it lets you hit out and have a go at it – but you’ve got to watch the bounces and the greens.”

The top of the leaderboard is tightly packed. Another group of four is just one shot behind the leaders: Yorkshire’s Pat Wrightson, Surrey’s Jeannie O’Keeffe, and the Hampshire pair of Elaine Barrow and Joan Pullen.

Two senior internationals are in yet another quartet who are a further stroke back: Chris Quinn of Hampshire – who has won this title three times – and Roz Adams of Surrey.

The Wiltshire challenge is led by second team captain Jayne Long, who is also a member of the host club. She returned a score of 80 and is currently placed joint 17th, just outside the top 16 who will qualify for the championship  matchplay flight at the end of tomorrow’s second qualifying round. The next 16 will contest the second flight.

The stroke of the day was played by Norfolk’s Eppie Zandvoort who holed out from 165 yards for an eagle two on the 398-yard par four 8th hole. She finished with a score of 82 and is among nine players sharing 34th place, including British senior champion Felicity Christine. The event is contested by a full field of 120 players.

Leading first round scores:
76 Amanda Mayne (Saltford), Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest),  Lulu Housman (Highgate), Carol Cass  (Broadstone)
77 Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield), Elaine Barrow (Brokenhurst Manor), Jeannie O’Keeffe (Hankley Common), Joan Pullen (Basingstoke)
78 Chris Quinn (Hockley), Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies’),  Linda Hunt (Newbury & Crookham), Sarah Arnold (Henley),
79 Pat West (Spalding), Jane Bennett (Lee-on-the-Solent), Gillian Curley (Northamptonshire County), Carol Duncumb (Rothley Park).
80 Christine Watson (Beaconsfield), Caroline Berry (Bromborough),  Debbie Richards (Burhill), Barbara Laird (Sandiway),  Jayne Long (Tidworth Garrison), Sandra Paul (Huddersfield), Sandra Moses (Knebworth)
81 Jackie Barraclough (East Bierley),  Lindsey Shaw (Chevin), Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest), Annie Gowing (Frilford Heath), Airlie Dyson (Batchworth Park),  Beverley Moss (Camberley Heath), Jane Shergold (Blackmoor), Karen Lobb (Northamptonshire County),  Judie Lewis ( Hockley), Alison Blackmore (Newbury & Crookham)
82 Felicity Christine (Woking Ladies’), Ally Hansen (Alnmouth), Jo Ashmore (Barnham Broom), Hilary Smyth (Pannal), Sue Westall (Copt Heath), Jo Rumsey (Rochford Hundred), Sue Penfold (Mapperley Ladies), Eppie Zandvoort (Eaton, Norwich), Caroline Caswell (Stoneham)

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