Cheshire’s Cath Rawthore has marked her first season of senior golf by playing her way into the England side for the European senior ladies’ team championship at Bled, Slovenia, from 3-7 September.
Cath (image © Leaderboard Photography) is the only new cap in the team and will join established internationals Caroline Berry, Sue Dye, Amanda Mayne, Janet Melville and Chris Quinn. The reserve is Karen Lobb from Northamptonshire County.
The team will be captained for the first time by Pat West of Spalding, Lincolnshire. Rebecca Wood, the women’s Performance Manager for England Golf, commented: “We are delighted that Pat has agreed to captain this team. She is a very experienced player and a great supporter of senior golf. She will be a huge asset.”
Pat’s aim will be to guide the experienced team to an elusive gold medal. This championship was started in 2006 and England has competed every year, apart from 2011, winning three silver medals and one bronze. Chris Quinn has played in each of those teams and this will be her seventh appearance in this event. Sue Dye will be playing for the sixth time, Janet Melville for the fifth and Caroline Berry for the third.
Caroline Berry (Bromborough, Cheshire) is a past winner of the English senior amateur and of the English women’s stroke play championships. Most recently she was third in this year’s senior stroke play, signing off with a final round of three-under par 69.
Sue Dye (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) won the English senior stroke play title for the second time in June. She has also twice been the English senior amateur champion and runner-up in the British.
Amanda Mayne (Saltford, Somerset) is a past Somerset champion and the current county senior champion. She made her senior debut last year and, with a series of good results, played her way into England’s 2012 Home Internationals team.
Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire) is the English senior amateur champion and has twice won the senior stroke play title. Her personal roll of honour includes three British ladies’ championships: the open, the stroke play and the match play.
Chris Quinn (Hockley, Hampshire) has won six English senior titles and one British senior championship. This year she was runner-up in both the English amateur and stroke play championships.
Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire) is a Cheshire county player who is playing her first season of senior golf. She reached the semi-finals of the English senior amateur and was 12th in the senior stroke play, earning herself fourth spot in the senior order of merit and her place in the team for the Europeans.
For the first time this year the team has been selected using the new senior order of merit. The top six players after the two English senior women’s championships have qualified for the European team.
The England team for the Senior Home Internationals, which take place in October, will be the top seven players on the order of merit after the British senior championship at Royal Portrush in September.