Senior Women’s Stroke Play: Rees ready to roll at Hayling

Jane Rees is looking forward to shaking off any rust and defending her Senior Women’s Stroke Play title at the picturesque setting of Hayling Golf Club.

Welsh international Rees had hoped to have a few competitive events at home and in Europe under her belt by the time her title defence came around.

But last year’s winner saw a trip to France postponed due to quarantine restrictions and is now itching to get going again this week at Hampshire as she looks to hang onto the crown won in the heat at Frilford Heath last August

“I’m very much looking forward to defending this title, “admitted Rees, a member at Minchinhampton Golf Club.

“There’s not been much in the way of competitive golf so far – just some club events.

“I had hoped to play in the Europeans in France, but that wasn’t feasible.

“As a result the form can be a bit up and down, but I’m looking forward to playing at Hayling for the first time.

“I haven’t been there before, but some friends have told me good things about the course.”

Situated on Hayling Island, the golf course is one of the few true links venues on the south coast.

With dunes, long grasses and gorse lining firm and fast fairways it will test the best players over the duration of the 54-hole stroke play event.

At a length of 5,813 yards and a par of 74, it still promises to throw up some good scores with 144 competitors in the field.

Championship format

Eighteen holes are played on each of the first two days. After 36 holes the leading 45 competitors and all those tying for 45th place go forward to play a further 18 holes on the third day.

In addition to the main championship, the handicap competition is played over the first two days. It consists of 36 holes stroke play with the winner being the competitor who returns the lowest net score.

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