World number three Bronte Law will defend her title next week when the English women’s amateur championship is played at Hunstanton Golf Club, Norfolk, from 14-16 July.
The 20-year-old from Bramhall in Cheshire won the title by three shots last year at St Enodoc in Cornwall, adding it to an impressive golfing CV which includes playing in two Curtis Cups and winning the bronze medal at the 2014 world championship.
Law (Image © Leaderboard Photography) will be challenged by a host of other internationals, including the reigning British stroke play champion, Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough).
Among the other leading players in the field of over 100 competitors are Sophie Keech (Parkstone), the newly-crowned English women’s matchplay champion; Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) and Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted).
Norfolk is well represented by nine players, including past champions Joanne Herd (Royal Norwich), Karen Young (Eaton) and Tracey Williamson (Royal Cromer).
They are joined by Jasmine Campbell (Royal Norwich), a past winner of the Abraham Trophy for England’s most improved golfer; Megan Mann (Barnham Broom); Tiffany Mills (Ryston Park); Jessica Dixon (Thetford) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer), the recent winner of the English schools’ championship.
There’s a strong family flavour about this championship which has attracted three sets of sisters: Lianna, Annabel and Jessica Bailey from Kirby Muxloe in Leicestershire; Sammy and Annabell Fuller from Roehampton, Surrey; and Elizabeth and Victoria Mallett from Warwickshire clubs, Wishaw and Sutton Coldfield Ladies’ respectively. In addition there’s the Norfolk mother and daughter players, Tracey and Amelia Williamson from Royal Cromer.
Hunstanton has hosted this championship on five previous occasions, most recently in 2000 when it was won by Yorkshire’s Emma Duggleby, now Brown.
The championship is played over 72 holes with all competitors playing 18 holes on each of the first two days. The field is then cut to the leading 32 players and ties who play 36 holes on the final day, Thursday, July 16. Spectators are welcome.