Strong local challenge expected at senior championship

A strong local challenge can be expected when the English Senior Women’s Amateur Championship is played at Enville Golf Club in Staffordshire next week.

Aileen Greenfield (pictured) from Pyecombe, Sussex will defend her title, when the action gets underway on Monday, 13 May. But local interest will focus on the county’s two senior internationals, Julie Brown of Trentham and Sue Spencer of Whittington Heath.

Brown is a past winner of English and British titles while Spencer was a semi-finalist in this event last year and finished third on the English senior women’s order of merit.

Meanwhile the host club is fielding three players: Anita Morley, Susan Simmons and Helen Peters. In addition, Annette Deeley will represent South Staffordshire and Christine Fisher is another Whittington Heath member.

The field features a host of leading players from across the country. Aileen Greenfield emerged as the convincing winner last year, having previously been runner-up in three national championships.

Alongside her in the field is Cheshire’s Cath Rawthore (Sale), last year’s runner-up, a past champion and the 2018 winner of the senior women’s order of merit. Leicestershire’s Helen Lowe (Scraptoft) is another past title holder, as well as the winner of the 2018 English Senior Women’s Stroke Play. Nottinghamshire’s Carol Wild (Notts Ladies) will return to defend her title in the over 60s Ann Howard Trophy.

The players will be challenged by Enville’s Highgate course, a blend of heathland and woodland which hosted regional Open qualifying from 2007 to 2011.

The club has also hosted the English U14 Boys’ Reid Trophy and the Girls’ British Amateur Championship.

The senior women’s championship starts with the full field playing 18 holes on each of the first two days. The top 32 players with the lowest scores qualify for the championship flight for the Wendy Taylor Salver. The player with the 16 lowest scores, who are 60 or over, qualify for the flight two Ann Howard Trophy. Players choose in advance which flight they’d like to play in. The finals of both flights will be played on Friday, 17 May.

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