Driving rain and strong winds at High Post Golf Club weren’t enough to prevent most of the top seeds from advancing into the last 16 of the Senior Women’s Amateur Championship.
A host of familiar names ensured they would return on Thursday as 13 of the 16 higher-ranked seeds won through in filthy conditions at the Wiltshire down-land course to stay in with a chance of lifting the Wendy Taylor Salver.
Top seed Karen Jobling, previous winners Catherine Rawthore, Helen Lowe and Aileen Greenfield and last year’s runner-up Jane Southcombe all made their way into the last 16.
Other winners safely through included Jackie Foster (pictured), Jane Sly, Kerry Smith, Lulu Housman, Tracey Williamson, Felicity Christine, Diane Oram, Katherine Irving, Kim Morris and Barbara Jamieson.
2019 champion Caroline Berry was one of those to exit the tournament as she suffered a 20th-hole defeat to near neighbour Sara Spencer in arguably the match of the day.
Top seed Karen Jobling was first out in the best conditions of the day as she continued her excellent form with a 2&1 victory over Jan Harrison but Jackie Foster had already beaten her back to the clubhouse after she claimed a 7&6 win against Claire Howells.
Determined to go one better after missing out in the final last year, Jane Southcombe edged a tight encounter against Sarah Cranton on the 18th, the same hole where Aileen Greenfield had come through against Sue Spencer just ten minutes prior.
In the over 60’s section of the draw, last year’s champion Sheree Dove-Wilde and runner-up Bet Sworowski safely navigated their way through to Thursday’s quarter-final stage.
Dove-Wilde recorded an impressive 2&1 victory over Susan Dye while Sworowski was pushed all the way by Jane Powell, the Wakefield golfer eventually progressing through to the last eight on the 19th hole.
Completing the quarter-final line-up are top seed from the stroke play rounds Sandy Hallet, Carol Wild, Tracy Crew, Angela Jones, Jane Bennett and Lesley Fox.