Team named to defend European gold medal

Julie Brown

The six England players who will defend the gold medal at the senior women’s European team championship have been named.

The team includes the top four players on the senior women’s order of merit: Julie Brown of Staffordshire (Image © Leaderboard Photography); Lulu Housman of Middlesex, Lindsey Shaw of Derbyshire and Helen Lowe of Leicestershire. They will be joined by two selected players: Cath Rawthore and Caroline Berry of Cheshire. Sue Dye, also from Cheshire, is the reserve.

The championship will take place at the National Golf Resort, Lithuania, from September 1-5.

Brown, Housman and Rawthore were all members of the team which won the European gold medal for the first time last year. They also helped England to go on and do the double, by winning the senior women’s Home Internationals. Shaw and Lowe will make their first appearance for the team while Berry returns to the side.

The players

Julie Brown (Trentham) is currently top of the England Golf senior women’s order of merit, having been runner-up in the senior women’s amateur and fourth in the senior strokeplay. She won the amateur title on her senior debut in 2014.

Lulu Housman (Wyke Green) has just won the English senior stroke play and reached the quarter finals of the senior amateur. She made her debut for England seniors last year.

Lindsey Shaw (Chevin) was a semi-finalist at the English senior amateur and finished eighth at the stroke play. She was also runner-up in this season’s Spanish senior amateur.

Helen Lowe (Scraptoft) won the 2015 English senior women’s amateur, having made her debut in senior ranks last year. She also finished sixth in the 2014 British senior championship.

Cath Rawthore (Sale) won last year’s British senior championship, the English senior stroke play and finished top of the 2014 senior women’s order of merit. She tied 10th in this year’s stroke play and reached the match play stages of the amateur.

Caroline Berry (Bromborough) is a past winner of the English senior amateur and strokeplay titles and returns to the national team after an absence last year. She was fifth in the 2015 senior stroke play and reached the match play in the amateur.

Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) has won both the senior amateur and the senior stroke play titles on two occasions. She was third in this year’s stroke play