Lancs champs bid to home in on women’s title

TWO Lancashire champions will spearhead the county’s challenge in the English women’s open stroke play championship at St Annes Old Links which starts on Tuesday and runs for three days.

LOUISA BRUNT: Challenger

LOUISA BRUNT: Challenger Image Leaderboard Photography

Brogan Townend (Pleasington) is the county women’s champion and Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale) is the girls’ titleholder. They’ll be joined in the field by six other players from Lancashire clubs, including Georgia Coughlin from the host club.

More than 100 competitors from 10 countries have entered the 72-hole event and the field includes proven champions and internationals.

They include Sophie Keech (Parkstone) who won the English women’s matchplay and Cloe Frankish (Chart Hills) who has won the Scottish U21 and English U16 girls’ championships in the last two weeks.

Among the others in the field are internationals Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) and Bethan Popel (Long Ashton). Meanwhile, the visitors include Mary Doyle, the 2014 Irish close champion, and Scotland’s Ailsa Summers, a past winner of the St Rule Trophy.

All competitors will play 18 holes on each on Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 August. The field will then be cut to the top 36 players and ties who will play the final 36 holes on Thursday.

Admission is free and spectators are welcome. Draws, live scoring, news and images will be available on the championship webpage.

Meanwhile, Eloise Healey (West Lancashire) is  is among three players  named to complete the England team for next week’s Girls’ Home Internationals.

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