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Big entry for English seniors' championship
7th April 2009

A bumper entry of 116 women golfers will contest the English seniors' championship at Hunstanton in Norfolk from April 21-24.

Between them the players represent 29 counties and there are 11 competitors from Norfolk, including five members of the host club.

Hunstanton's classic links will set a fine test for the field and the event promises to be a superb curtain raiser to the English Women's Golf Association championship season.

The handicaps start at scratch and the competitive field boasts a host of senior internationals. They include the defending champion, Sue Dye of Delamere Forest, Cheshire, and senior strokeplay champion Janet Melville (formerly Collingham) from Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire.

Playing alongside them will be the other five members of the 2008 England senior team: Carolyn Kirk of Ganton, Yorkshire; Barbara Laird of Sandiway, Cheshire; Chris Quinn of Hockley, Hampshire; Chris Stirling of Meon Valley, Hampshire; and Christine Watson of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

Among the new seniors who will make their debut this year is Caroline Marron of Bromborough, Cheshire, who was the 2001 English strokeplay champion.

The Norfolk challenge will be led by Sue Meadows of Hunstanton, who plays off three, and former county champion Jo Ashmore (Barnham Broom) who made a promising start in seniors' golf last year and is a four-handicapper.

County colleagues include the current Norfolk captain Nickie Clarke (Royal Norwich) and county second team player Eppie Zandvoort (Eaton). The other Hunstanton players are Jean Johnson,  Angela Allsopp, Rosemary Beeson and Cheryl Sanders.

The field is divided into two flights: players with handicaps up to six will contest Division A, while those with handicaps between seven and 15 are in Division B. All competitors will play 36 holes of strokeplay qualifying over the first two days of the championship. The top 16 players in each division will qualify for the matchplay knockout. The final of each division will be played on the afternoon of Friday, April 24.

The course measures 6015 yards, has a par of 75 and a USGA course rating of 76.

Visit the English Women's Golf Association website www.englishwomensgolf.org for full details of all competitors and for online scoring during the championship.



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