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6th July 2012  

Play was abandoned today in the English women's open mid-amateur championship at Wetherby, Yorkshire, after persistent heavy rain flooded the course. The title will now be decided tomorrow over of 36 holes of stroke play.

Championship manager Emma Lowe checks conditions (Photo Leaderboardphotograhy)

Conditions made it impossible to start today's scheduled matchplay rounds and, after a review at 12 noon, play was abandoned and the championship format changed to stroke play.

Weather permitting, play will start at 8am and will be contested by the 32 competitors who had qualified for the matchplay stages.

They are led by Nicole Whitmore (Woburn) and Hayley Davis (Ferndown) and also include the Curtis Cup players, Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) and Amy Boulden of Wales. Yorkshire champion Ellie Robinson (Wilton) and Megan Garland (The Oaks) represent the host county.

Championship manager Emma Lowe said: "It is very disappointing for everyone that the weather has been so disruptive this week, but we are hoping for a very good day's golf tomorrow."

So far, the field has managed to complete just 18 holes in two days of torrential rain.

Order of play
0800 and 1215 Natalie Lowe (Styal) & Charlotte Thompson (Channels)
0808 and1223 Kimberley Bradbury (Cavendish) & Elizabeth Richards (Hagley)
0816 and 1231 Amy Boulden (WAL) & Emma Tayler (Saunton)
0824 and 1239 Chelsea Masters (Highwoods,Bexhill)  & Rosie Davies (Coombe Hill)
0832 and 1247 Melissa Siviter (Enville) & Megan Briggs (Kilmacolm)
0840 and 1255 Megan Garland (The Oaks) & Stacey Rodger (West Hove)
0848 and 1303 Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) & Emily Perry (NZL)
0856 and 1311 Raffi Dyer (Hayling) & Kirsty O'Connor (WAL)
0904 and 1319 Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) & Daisy Dyer (Chigwell)
0912 and 1327 Emma Carberry (Highwoods, Bexhill) & Jessica Bradley (Tiverton)
0920 and 1335 Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) & Ami Storey (Ponteland)
0928 and 1343 Jo Hodge (The Kendleshire) & Nicola Rawlinson (Royal Birkdale)
0936 and 1351 Kirsty Rands (Burhill) & Ellie Robinson (Wilton)
0944 and 1359 Alexandra Peters (Notts Ladies') & Sophie Powell (Manchester)
0952 and 1407 Charlotte Thomas (Singapore Island) & Jess Wilcox (Blankney)
1000 and 1415 Hayley Davis (Ferndown) & Nicole Whitmore (Woburn)



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