England bowed out of the medal hunt in the European senior women’s team championship today when they lost to Ireland 3½-1½.
The team will now take on Sweden as they play for place in the top flight at Lugano, Switzerland. Meanwhile, Ireland go forward to meet Italy, while the other semi-final will be between the defending champions, France, and Spain.
England captain Hilary Smyth said afterwards: “The games were closely contested in the best of golfing spirit but it proved to be Ireland's day. The team are naturally very, very disappointed but I think they played extremely well and did England proud. The standard of golf by both sides was extremely good but there is only one winner.”
English senior champion Chris Quinn scored a convincing win in her singles, but before long Janet Melville and Barbara Laird were beaten in the foursomes and Roz Adams lost her singles.
With two matches still in progress England had hopes of turning round the scoreline, but Sue Dye’s battling attempt at a comeback was thwarted on the 17th and the match was lost. The remaining game, in which Caroline Berry was ahead, was then declared halved.
England 1½ Ireland 3½
Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) & Barbara Laird (Sandiway) lost to Sheena McElroy & Pat Doran 3/2
Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies’) lost to Helen Jones 3/2
Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) lost to Carol Wickham 2/1
Caroline Berry (Bromborough) halved with Suzanne Corcoran
Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Violet McBride 5/4
France beat Switzerland 4-1
Spain beat Germany 3-2
Italy beat Sweden 4-1
Seniors qualify second in European championship
05 September 2012
England qualified second in the European senior women’s team championship at Lugano in Switzerland. They play Ireland in tomorrow’s first matchplay round.
“The team is in good spirits and looking forward to the match,” said captain Hilary Smyth. Her players came through a difficult day with flying colours to qualify behind defending champions, France, and they will now aim to challenge for the medals.
The pin positions were very difficult and the greens became much faster as the early dew gave way to temperatures of about 30 deg C, which made concentration difficult. In turn the heat gave way to thunder and lightning which led to an hour’s delay in the late afternoon.
“This was a much more difficult day and the higher scores reflect that,” said Hilary. English senior champion Chris Quinn again led the way, this time with a 76, while Roz Adams and senior stroke play champion Janet Melville both returned 79s.
Tomorrow, the matches will be decided by one foursome and four singles games. England’s line-up is: Foursomes, Janet Melville & Barbara Laird; Singles, Roz Adams, Sue Dye, Caroline Berry, Chris Quinn
Par 70, best five scores of six to count
76 Chris Quinn (Hockley)
79 Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies’), Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest)
80 Barbara Laird (Sandiway)
83 Caroline Berry (Bromborough)
84 Sue Dye (Delamere Forest)
Championship flight: France, England, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Ireland, Switzerland
Flight Two: Belgium, Scotland, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Iceland
Senior women share European lead
04 September 2012
England share first place after the opening qualifying round of the European senior women’s team championship at Lugano, Switzerland.
They are tied with France at the halfway stage of qualifying, after a day which dawned misty, with low cloud over the peaks, before giving way to sunshine.
The players responded with a string of scores in the 70s, led by senior champion Chris Quinn (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and past titleholder, Sue Dye, who both returned three-over par 73.
Team captain Hilary Smyth commented: “The players are all in good spirits and very positive in setting their sights on the gold medal as some of the squad already have a silver and bronze!
“The team’s focus today was very good from the start and they maintained concentration throughout to return a set of very good scores.”
The course is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery and includes many water features, which have to be negotiated with accurate tee shots, and challenging greens which require a thoughtful approach.
After tomorrow’s second round the top eight teams will go forward to contest the championship match play while the other countries will play in lower flights.
England and France currently hold a commanding lead of 12 shots over third-placed Spain, while Germany is another four strokes behind. England last took part in this championship in 2010 when they won the silver medal.
73 Chris Quinn (Hockley), Sue Dye (Delamere Forest)
75 Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies’)
77 Caroline Berry (Bromborough)
80 Janet Meville (Sherwood Forest)
81 Barbara Laird (Sandiway)
Leading team scores (five from six to count)
378 France, England
400 Belgium, Ireland