Three new caps will make their debut for England at the European senior ladies’ team championship at Golfclub Gut Altentann in Austria from 2-6 September.
They are Julie Brown, (image © Leaderboard Photography), the English senior women’s amateur champion from Staffordshire, Lulu Housman from Middlesex and Debbie Richards from Surrey.
The team will be completed by Amanda Mayne of Somerset, Chris Quinn of Hampshire and Cath Rawthore, the English senior women’s stroke play champion, from Cheshire. The reserve is Jo Ashmore of Barnham Broom in Norfolk.
The team will be captained by Pat Wrightson of Huddersfield, Yorkshire.
Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire) won the English senior women’s title at her first attempt. She was an England international and then a winner on the Ladies European Tour during a seven-year professional playing career. She returned to amateur ranks in 2006 and has since captained several England girls’ teams, won the Staffordshire championship twice – making four titles in total – and been Midlands North ladies’ champion.
Lulu Housman (Highgate, Middlesex) reached the quarter finals of the senior amateur championship and tied sixth in the senior stroke play. She has previously been a reserve for the senior international team.
Amanda Mayne (Saltford, Somerset) was the runner-up in the English senior stroke play and made her senior international debut in 2012.
Chris Quinn (Hockley, Hampshire) has won six English senior titles and one British senior championship. This year she was runner-up in the senior amateur championship.
Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire) has just won the English senior stroke play title, playing in her second season of senior golf. She made her senior international debut last year.
Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey) tied sixth in the senior stroke play and was a semi-finalist in the senior amateur. She has twice won the second flight at the senior amateur.
The team has been selected using the England Golf senior order of merit. The top six players after the two English senior women’s championships have qualified for the European team. The England team for the Senior Home Internationals, which take place in October, will be the top seven players on the order of merit after the British senior championship