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Local player reaches Senior Championship semis

25th April 2013
Janet Melville, (image © Leaderboard Photography)

Nottinghamshire's Janet Melville carries local hopes into the semi-finals of the English senior women's championship at her home club, Sherwood Forest.

She won a high quality match against Lindsay Shaw of Derbyshire to take her place in the final four and will play Cheshire's Cath Rawthore, who has reached the semis at her first attempt.

The other match is between defending champion Chris Quinn of Hampshire and Karen Lobb of Northamptonshire, who upset the odds to beat past winner Sue Dye on the 19th.

Janet Melville, (image © Leaderboard Photography) the English senior stroke play champion, felt the pressure of playing at home during the qualifying rounds, but has relaxed into the matchplay and produced fine golf to win both her matches today.

Many of the holes were decided by birdies and honours were even at the turn.  Janet moved ahead on the homeward half, helped by another birdie on the 12th and generally steady play and good putting.

Karen Lobb (Northamptonshire County) produced the upset of the afternoon when she defeated former champion and senior international Sue Dye after an intensely close fight over the closing holes.

Karen was two down at the turn but took the lead when she won the short 15th with a birdie. She lost the next two holes, but squared the match with a par on the 18th and then won the 19th when she got up and down for par from a greenside bunker.

“It was an amazing game,” said Karen, who is playing in the championship flight for the first time.

Cath Rawthore (Sale) is a complete newcomer to senior golf and she, too, came through a close match to take her place in the semi-finals. Her opponent was senior international Roz Adams, who had a narrow advantage through much of second half – but Cath held doggedly on, holing good putts on 13, 14 and 15 to halve holes.

She was rewarded when they reached the 18th all square and she parred the hole for a one-up victory. “It was a good match, a really good fight,” said Cath.

Sandra Paul of Huddersfield provided one of the morning upsets when she knocked out top seed Lulu Housman. But the double eluded her when she came up against defending champion Chris Quinn (Hockley).

Chris took her place in the quarter-final with a 5/4 win, which she sealed with a  superb four-iron to within 7ft of the pin on the 14th. “It was a lovely way to finish and tomorrow will be good,” she said.

The second flight semi-finalists are British senior champion Katherine Russell (Ryal Ashdown Forest), Denise Goodacre (Lambourne), Jeannie O'Keefe (Hankley Common) and Debbie Richards (Burhill).


Championship flight
First round
Sandra Paul (Huddersfield) beat Lulu Housman (Highgate) at 20th
Chris Quinn (Hockley) beat Ruth Lindley (Hartlepool) 2/1
Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) beat Annie Gowing (Frilford Heath) 4/3
Karen Lobb (Northants County) beat Caroline Berry (Bromborough) 3/2
Lindsay Shaw (Chevin) beat Caron Harrison (Sherwood Forest) 3/2
Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) beat Felicity Christine (Woking) 1up
Catherine Rawthore (Sale) beat Amanda Mayne (Saltford) 2/1
Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies') beat Gillian Mellor (Prestbury) 2/1

Quarter finals
Quinn beat Paul 5/4
Lobb beat Dye at 19th
Melville beat Shaw 2/1
Rawthore beat Adams 1up

Semi-final draw:
Quinn v Lobb
Melville v Rawthore

Second flight
First round
Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) beat Barbara Laird (Sandiway) 4/3
Joan Pullen (Basingstoke) beat Judy McCairns (Oxford Ladies) at 21st
Denise Goodacre (Lambourne) beat Sue Pendfold (Sherwood Forest) 5/4
Christine Watson (Beaconsfield) beat Sue Pidgeon (Wrekin) 2/1
Julie Wheeldon (Wakefield) beat Angela Jones (Belgium) at 20th
Jeannie O'Keeffe (Hankley Common) beat Jackie Barraclough (East Bierley) 3/1
Debbie Richards (Burhill) beat Carol Wild (Notts Ladies') 2/1
Julie Walter (St Ives, Hunts) beat Jo Ashmore (Barnham Broom) 2/1

Quarter finals
Russell beat Pullen 3/2
Goodacre beat Watson 2/1
O'Keeffe beat Wheeldon at 19th
Richards beat Walter 3/2

Semi-final draw:
Russell v Goodacre
O'Keeffe v Richards

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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