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Hampshire's Chris Quinn wins third English seniors' crown
24th April 2009

Norfolk's Jo Ashmore in last four at English seniors' championship
23rd april 2009

Hampshire's Chris Quinn won her third English senior women's championship when she defeated Northumberland's Lucy Newton 2/1 in the final at Hunstanton, Norfolk.
Meanwhile, Norfolk county captain Nickie Clarke won the Division B title, beating    Cheshire's Sheila McKinnon 3/1.
Chris Quinn, who previously won this event in 2004 and 2005 and was British champion in 2006, remarked about her latest success: “It's always special to win, but it's particularly nice to come back.
“I'm delighted to keep winning in seniors golf, when there are new players coming in all the time and we're all getting a year older!” added Chris, was 56 yesterday. 
“I've played quite a bit this spring in preparation for the season and got my handicap back to scratch. That gave me a little bit of confidence and I've driven the ball particularly well this week which helps on this course, which is a tremendous test of golf.” .
Lucy Newton is one of the newcomers to senior ranks and played fantastic golf all week before putting up a great fight in the final.
The match was played in strong winds and both players coped well with the tough conditions, but Chris had the advantage of much greater length, regularly hitting  250-yards or further.
She took the lead on the 3rd and went two up on the tricky 6th hole where the upturned green and the difficult winds combined to frustrate Lucy's approach shot. However, the Northumberland player fought back and was on level terms at the turn. 
Chris pulled ahead again, winning the 10th – helped by one of her trademark long drives – and went two up with a birdie on the par five 11th. She lost the 14th, a short par four where she tangled first with rough and then with a bunker. The players halved the next two holes before Chris sealed the title by holing a testing putt on the 17th.
Earlier the two players came through tight semi-finals which both finished on the 18th green.  Chris beat Norfolk's Jo Ashmore while Lucy defeated Lincolnshire's Denise Parker.
The Division B title fight was also close. “It was a good match against a good opponent,” said winner Nickie Clarke, who was making her first appearance in an English seniors' event. She didn't get in front until the 9th, but once she took the lead she stayed ahead.
“I am absolutely over the moon. What could be nicer than to win in your home county and on such a wonderful golf course.
“I didn't come here with any expectations because I haven't been playing a lot of golf – but I am always optimistic and I had a good caddy!” Hunstanton member Jean Johnson was on the bag.
Nickie is a past chairman of the English Ladies' (now Women's) Golf Association and was a successful England team captain.
Championship division
Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Jo Ashmore (Barnham Broom) 1 up
Lucy Newton (Matfen Hall) beat Denise Parker (Woodhall Spa) 2 up

Quinn beat Newton 2/1

Division B

Semi finals
Nickie Clarke (Royal Norwich) beat Judy McCairns (Oxford Ladies) 1 up.
Sheila McKinnon (Royal Liverpool) beat Julie Ballard (Littlestone) at 19th

Clarke beat McKinnon 3/1

Norfolk's Jo Ashmore in last four at English seniors' championship

Norfolk's Jo Ashmore toppled top seed Rozalyn Adams to reach the semi-finals of the English senior women's championship at Hunstanton.
The Barnham Broom player won the first hole - and stayed ahead. By the turn she was one-under par and four up and she went on to win by the margin of 4/2.
“I am just so excited,” she said afterwards. “It was a really tough match – Roz is an excellent player, but I just went out and enjoyed it and played really steadily.” Earlier in the day she beat former champion Sue Ellis on the 18th.
Now, she meets senior international Chris Quinn who celebrated her birthday by winning a 21-hole marathon against defending champion Sue Dye. 
Their match was a closely fought and compelling encounter, with never more than one hole between the two players.
As they moved into the closing holes Sue appeared to take the advantage with birdies on 15 and 16 to go one up. But Chris squared matters on the 17th and they halved the last to go into extra time. 
A superb up-and-down for par kept Chris in the match on the first extra hole and she finally clinched it with an fine long putt on the 21st. “It was always going to be close and it was really great fun,” she said. She is a past winner of both this title and the British seniors' championship.
Northumberland's Lucy Newton continued her impressive debut performance in the championship with a 2/1 win over senior international Christine Stirling. “I am so enjoying myself, I just don't want it to end. It's just so good to be the young kid on the block!” she laughed.
Their low-scoring and close match was described by spectators as worthy of a final. Lucy edged ahead after the 12th,  won the 16th to go two up and claimed her semi-final place with a half on the 17th.
  She will play Lincolnshire's Denise Parker who came through another tight tussle, beating Cambridgeshire's Paula Parker on the 18th.
Norfolk also has one representative in the Division B semi-finals, with county captain Nickie Clarke winning through to the final four.

Championship matchplay
First round
Rozalyn Adams (Addington Court) beat Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) 1 up.
Jo Ashmore (Barnham Broom) beat Sue Ellis (Ferndown) 1 up.
Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Barbara Laird (Sandiway) 4/3
Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) beat Pat West (Spalding) 6/5
Lucy Newton (Matfen Hall) beat Sheree Dove-Wilde (Chobham) 5/3
Christine Stirling (Meon Valley) beat Anne Bridges (Mentmore) 2/1
Paula Parker (Abbotsley) beat Christine Watson (Beaconsfield) 2 up.
Denise Parker  (Woodhall Spa) beat Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield) 4/3

Quarter finals
Ashmore beat Adams 4/2
Quinn beat Dye at third extra hole
Newton beat Stirling 2/1
D Parker beat P Parker 1 up

Semi final draw
Ashmore v Quinn
Newton v D Parker

Division B matchplay
First round
Marion Howells (Hankley Common) beat Sue Pidgeon (Wrekin) 4/2
Nickie Clarke (Royal Norwich) beat Liz Moverley (Copt Heath) 5/3
Pat Bennett (Reading) beat Cheryl Sanders (Hunstanton) 2/1
Judy McCairns (Oxford Ladies) beat Lynn Griffiths (Reading) 5/4
Julie Ballard (Littlestone) beat Dee Wood (Crane Valley) 3/2
Caroline Caswell (Stoneham) beat Rosemary Farrow (St Neots) 1 up
Sheila McKinnon (Royal Liverpool) beat Chris Means (Woodhall Spa) 2/1
Eppie Zandvoort (Eaton) beat Elaine Hancock (Spalding) 6/4

Quarter finals
Clarke beat Howells 2/1
McCairns beat Bennett at 19th
Ballard beat Caswell 1 up
McKinnon beat Zandvoort 2 up.

Semi-final draw
Clarke v McCairns
Ballard v McKinnon

Full details: www.englishwomensgolf.org
Championship images: www.leaderboardphotography.com



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