Teenager Emily Price will defend her title when the English women’s open stroke play championship is played next week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, from 22-24 August.
The 17-year-old (pictured) won by two shots last year and has recently helped England to regain their crown as Girls’ Home Internationals champions.
Price, from Cleobury Mortimer in Worcestershire, is part of a top-class field which includes Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire) who was the low amateur at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Lamb, the British stroke play champion, is one of four players in the championship who were in the England side which recently became European team champions.
The others are Welsh stroke play champion Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest, Cheshire); Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire); and Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall, Yorkshire) who went on to become England’s top scorer at the women’s Home Internationals with a perfect score of six wins.
There’s also a strong contingent of girl internationals, including English girls’ champion Bel Wardle (Prestbury, Cheshire) and English U16 girls’ winner, Annabell Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey).
The host club will be represented by Billie-Jo Smith, while a number of players come from much further afield, travelling from countries such as the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy and Germany.
The 72-hole championship will be played on the world-renowned Hotchkin course, with the full field playing a round on Tuesday and Wednesday, 22 and 23 August. The leading 40 competitors and ties will play the final 36 holes on Thursday, 24 August.
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