Top seniors named for England’s Euro challenge

Cath Rawthore

Senior champions Cath Rawthore and Jackie Foster are in the six-strong England side for the European senior ladies’ team championship at Siarra Golf Club, Poland, from 30 August to 3 September. 

Rawthore, from Cheshire (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Foster, from Hertfordshire, will be joined in the team by Julie Brown of Staffordshire, Karen Jobling of Yorkshire, Helen Lowe of Leicestershire and Katherine Russell of Sussex. Caroline Berry of Bromborough, Cheshire, is the reserve.

England’s recent record in this event is excellent, winning the gold medal in 2014 and the silver last year. Brown and Rawthore were members of both those teams and Lowe played in 2015. 

The team is composed of the top four players from the senior order of merit and two selectors’ picks. The automatic places were taken by Rawthore, Foster, Jobling and Russell.

The players

Julie Brown (Trentham) is the British senior champion and topped the England Golf senior order of merit last year. She won the English senior championship in 2014.

Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford) is the English senior stroke play champion and was a semi-finalist in this year’s English senior amateur. 

Karen Jobling (Richmond) was runner-up in the English senior amateur and finished 13th in the stroke play. Last year she also figured strongly in both championships.

Helen Lowe (Scraptoft) won the 2015 English senior amateur championship and had a top ten finish in the British seniors for the second year in succession. She was seventh in this year’s English stroke play.

Cath Rawthore (Sale) is the English senior amateur champion and a past winner of the stroke play title. She won the 2014 British seniors and topped the senior order of merit that year.

Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) won the 2012 British senior championship, and has played for England in two senior home international matches, helping the team to victory in 2014. She led the qualifiers at this year’s English senior amateur and was ninth in the stroke play.