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Top seniors head to the Isle of Wight

13th June 2013

Top seniors head to the Isle of Wight

Janet Melville of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire (image © Leaderboard Photography)
The English senior women's stroke play championship will be played on the Isle of Wight for the first time when the event takes place at Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club from 18-20 June.

The field includes three IoW players, Maggie Ankers of Cowes, Jackie Mouat of Newport and Joanne Wright of Osborne.

Another islander in the mix is Jenny Deeley, the Jersey matchplay and stroke play champion from La Moye. Playing alongside them are eight Hampshire contestants, including the 2011 titleholder, Chris Quinn of Hockley.  

The defending champion is Janet Melville of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire (image © Leaderboard Photography) who is clearly in fine form, having also won the English senior women's amateur title on her home course in April.

She will be challenged by the country's leading seniors - and there's much riding on this championship for all of them. As well as the chance to win a national title there is the opportunity to qualify to play for England in the European senior ladies' team championship in Slovenia from 3-7 September. The team will be made up of the top six players on the senior order of merit following this championship.

Janet Melville and Chris Quinn – who was runner-up at Sherwood Forest - are currently the leading contenders for team places. Others on the order of merit and also in the championship field include Catherine Rawthore (Sale), Sue Dye (Delamere Forest), Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies'), Caroline Berry (Delamere Forest), Caron Harrison (Sherwood Forest), Felicity Christine (Woking), Amanda Mayne (Saltford) and Gillian Mellor (Prestbury).

The championship is contested over 54 holes. All competitors will play 18 holes on each of the first two days. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the leading 36 players and ties, who will play the final round on the third day.

Spectators are welcome. Full reports, scores and pictures will be on the England Golf website,

Notes for Readers:-
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative ‘Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming ‘The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

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