Top golfers target European medals at Fulford

Emma Brown

Leading women golfers from England and 19 other countries will head to Fulford Golf Club, York, next week in search of European glory.

The 20 teams will challenge for the medals in the European ladies’ amateur team championship which takes place from Tuesday to Saturday, July 9-13.

England are hoping that home advantage will count – and they’re ready for action. Team captain Emma Brown (image © Leaderboard Photography) commented: “We’re really looking forward to next week. We’ve got a good team and they are well prepared.

“There will be strong competition at Fulford, but I am sure we will be up for it and that we’ll have a good week,” added Emma, whose home club is Malton & Norton in Yorkshire.

The England team will get together at Alwoodley, Yorkshire, on Saturday before fine-tuning their practice at Fulford on Sunday and Monday. The team is Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro), Hayley Davis (Ferndown), Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak), Bronte Law (Bramhall), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) and Lauren Taylor (Woburn).

England has won this championship eight times, but the last victory was in 1993. The team most recently won a medal in 2009 when they took the silver. The defending champions are Sweden, who will aim for a hat trick of consecutive wins.

The other contestants at Fulford will be: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Wales.

England Golf championship manager Emma Dickinson said: “The standard will be excellent and we welcome spectators to come along and see some wonderful golf. Some of the competitors in this championship will undoubtedly go on to be top players on tour in the years to come.”

The championship starts with two stroke play rounds, on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9 and 10. The results will determine the teams’ positions in the match play which starts on Thursday, July 11. The final will be played on Saturday, July 13.