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Top players heading to English women's championship

7th May 2013

Top players heading to English women's championship

Alex Peters (image © Leaderboard Photograhy)

Leading golfers from across the country will head to Worcestershire next week when the English women's amateur championship takes place at Kings Norton Golf Club, near Birmingham, from May 14-16.

This is one of the premier events on the women's calendar and has attracted a field of almost 80 players, including English stroke play champion Alex Peters (image © Leaderboard Photograhy), British stroke play champion Sarah-Jane Boyd, and internationals Gabriella Cowley and Amber Ratcliffe.

There will be plenty of home interest for Kings Norton with two members in the field. They are Charlotte Dalton, who has been runner-up in the English mid-amateur championship, and scratch golfer Debbie Warren, a past Staffordshire champion. They are among a strong contingent of players from the Midlands counties.

One of the youngest competitors is Lucy Walton, from The Worcestershire, who won the county championship last year at the age of 12 and trains with England Golf's Select Midlands Squad.

Among the other youngsters are 13-year-old Hollie Muse of Lancashire, who is the English U13 champion, and the previous titleholder, Sammy Fuller of Surrey, who celebrates her 14th birthday this week.

Last year's championship was won by Kelly Tidy, who went on to help GB&I win the Curtis Cup for the first time in 16 years and has since turned professional.

The ladies' course has been lengthened for the championship and will measure 6108 yards with a par of 72. The parkland layout features water hazards and will call for great accuracy into the large greens, where there can be a three-club difference from front to back.

The closing stretch will be a good test of nerve, with a stream running down the middle of the 16th fairway – demanding a decision on risk and reward – and more water to the right of the 17th green.

All competitors will play 18 holes on each of the first two days. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the leading 32 players and ties who will play the final 36 holes on the third day.

Spectators are welcome and there will be full reports, live scoring and picture at www.englandgolf/championships

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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