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Cheshire’s Elaine Ratcliffe appointed captain of GB&I Curtis Cup team

CHESHIRE’S Elaine Ratcliffe has been appointed captain of the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team for the 2020 match and will also lead the teams in the Vagliano Trophy and the Astor Trophy next year.

Elaine, who hails from Sandbach, i enjoyed a distinguished amateur career as a player and won the Finnish Amateur Championship in 1997 and the English Amateur Championship the following year.

She was a member of the GB&I team which defeated the United States 11½- 6½ in the 1996 Curtis Cup at Killarney and played for GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy against the Continent of Europe, who won the match 12½-11½ at Royal Aberdeen in 1997.

Elaine also represented GB&I as a player in the Espirito Santo Trophy and England in the European Amateur Team Championships. After turning professional, she was named Rookie of the Year by the Ladies’ European Tour in 1999 but was reinstated as an amateur in 2008.

She has since captained England in a number of international matches, including the Ladies Home Internationals and the European Amateur Team Championships, and has twice led the European team in the Patsy Hankins Trophy against Asia-Pacific.

“It is a real honour to be appointed captain and I am looking forward to the challenge of preparing the team for the international matches,” she said Ratcliffe.

“There are a number of amateur events to be played over the coming months and we will be monitoring the performances and results of golfers from Great Britain and Ireland to determine who has played their way into contention for team selection next year.”

Maria Dunne has also been confirmed as GB&I captain for the Junior Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe at Royal St George’s in 2019.

As a player, Dunne featured as a member of the Great Britain and Ireland team which beat the United States to win the Curtis Cup in 2016 at Dun Laoghaire and also played in the Vagliano Trophy against the Continent of Europe at Circolo Golf Bogogno last year.

She represented Ireland in the Ladies Home Internationals and European Amateur Team Championships and won the 2017 Irish Open Stroke Play Championship.

This year Dunne was appointed Women and Girls Development Co-ordinator in Ireland following funding provided to the Golf Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union by The R&A.


North West players in world title bid

THERE’S a strong representation of  North West players in the England teams  announced for the World Amateur Team Championships which start next week at Carton House, near Dublin.

The women’s team for the Espirito Santo Trophy is Annabell Fuller, Sophie Lamb and Hollie Muse. The championship will be played from August 29 to September 1.

The men’s team for the Eisenhower Trophy, from  September 5-8  is Matthew Jordan, Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Mitch Waite. England won the silver medal when the championship was last played in 2016.

The players

Annabell Fuller, 16, (Roehampton, Surrey) is England’s youngest-ever Curtis Cup player. She reached the last 16 of US women’s amateur, losing only on the 19th hole, and was runner-up in both the Portuguese and English women’s amateur. She has just been selected for the European team for the Junior Ryder Cup.

Sophie Lamb, 20, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) also played in the Curtis Cup and joined Fuller as runner-up in the English women’s amateur. She was also second in the Welsh women’s open and currently leads the England Golf women’s order of merit.

Hollie Muse, 18, (West Lancashire) is at college in the USA and during her summer break at home she reached the semi-finals of the British amateur, qualified to play in the Ricoh Women’s British Open and had a top ten finish in the English women’s amateur.

Matthew Jordan, 22, (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire) is fifth in the world amateur rankings, played in the 2017 Walker Cup and has won both the St Andrew Links and Lytham Trophies.

Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 21, (Trentham, Staffordshire) led the individual scoring in qualifying at the European men’s team championship, where he shot 10-under 62 in the first round. He won the New South Wales amateur at the start of the season.

Mitch Waite, 23, (Filton, Gloucestershire) leads the England Golf men’s order of merit after finishing runner-up in the European amateur and the Lytham Trophy and reaching the semi-finals of the Amateur Championship. He won the Hampshire Salver early in the season.

Petrozzi and Jordan helped England to a 20-shot win in the European Nations’ Championship and, with Waite, were in the side which won the silver medal at the European team championship. All three represented GB&I in the St Andrew’s Trophy match against continental Europe.


Cheshire’s Fisher is England’s champion captain

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CHESHIRE’S Bill Fisher is England’s champion golf captain – winning the title in a national final at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire.
He scored 39 stableford points on the Blue course to win the final of the England Golf Captains’ Series by two and commented: “I’m delighted, it’s huge achievement in a very competitive field.”
The final was played as part of England Golf Week and Bill’s closest rivals were Ian Gwinnell (Brocton Hall, Staffordshire), George Grant (Leaside, Middlesex) and Ken Sargent (Haydock Park, Lancashire), who all scored 37 pts.
The players all qualified through the series of tournaments held for members of the England Golf Captains’ programme, which is open to county, club and lady captains as well as vice captains and past captains.
Bill was the 2017 captain at Alderley Edge Golf Club, where he has been a member for 32 years and where he enjoys the competitive golf. “At our club the golf is competitive, everyone is trying to win, but not at any cost,” he said.
Last year he was the first winner of the inaugural Cheshire nine-hole county championship, which was held at Alderley Edge, and he’s looking forward to defending that title next week.
He took great pleasure in his year as captain, remarking “The people made it fantastic.” He’s also enthusiastic about his membership of the captains’ programme. “It’s about meeting people who have been through a shared experience,” he commented.
England Golf Week is a five-day festival of handicap golf, featuring a host of finals of team and individual events.

New caps to challenge for Euro senior honours

NEW caps Sue Spencer, Trevor Foster and Rupert Kellock are named in the England sides for the European senior team championships. Foster, the British senior champion, and Kellock will be joined in the men’s team by Ian Attoe, Stephen East, Richard Latham and Richard Partridge.

In the women’s team, Spencer will play alongside Julie Brown, Jackie Foster, Aileen Greenfield, Helen Lowe and Cath Rawthore.

The championships will be played from September 4-8, with the women competing at Mont Garni Golf Club, Belgium, and the men travelling to Diamond Country Club, Austria.

Last year the women won the silver medal at their European championship while the men took bronze.


Men, captained by Roy Smethurst (Crewe).

Ian Attoe (Worplesdon, Surrey) won the English senior men’s amateur for the second time in May and is currently second in the England Golf senior order of merit.

Stephen East (Wyke Ridge, Yorkshire) is a past winner of the English, Spanish, Portuguese and Scottish senior titles.  He also won the senior order of merit in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Trevor Foster (Accrington & District, Lancashire) scored a runaway nine-shot win in the British seniors’ at Royal Porthcawl where he was eight-under. He has also won the Irish seniors this season and leads the order of merit.

Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale, Berkshire) is currently third in the order of merit after high finishes in the English and British championships and the Bill Shankland Memorial Trophy at Parkstone, Dorset.

Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) was fourth in the British seniors and has twice won the English senior title.

Richard Partridge (Wildernesse, Kent) is a past winner of the Irish and Scottish senior titles and a runner-up in Wales.

Women, captained by Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey).

Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex) is the English senior women’s amateur champion and has been runner up for three national titles.

Sue Spencer, pictured right(Whittington Heath, Staffordshire) reached the semi-finals of the senior amateur and took fourth place in the senior stroke play.

Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) won back-to-back senior stroke play titles in 2016 and 2017.

Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire) is a past winner of the British and English senior amateur title.

Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire) is also a past British champion as well as the winner of both English senior titles.

Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire) won the English senior stroke play title this year and is a past winner of the amateur.

Foster storms to senior title glory


ACCRINGTON legend Trevor Foster lifted the Seniors’ Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl  when a closing one-over-par 73 sealed a nine shot win over runner-up Randy Haag.

Finishing on an eight-under-par total of 208, Foster was the only man in the field to finish under par on the sun-baked links which provided a tough and fair challenge for the world’s elite senior amateurs.

Foster’s opening round 63 on Wednesday put the Englishman seven strokes clear of the field and it proved to be a lead that would not threatened over the next two rounds.

In the final round, Foster parred the first three holes before he dropped a shot at the short fourth when his tee shot landed in a grassy swale to the right front of the green and he couldn’t get up and down.

He missed a birdie chance at the long fifth when he was just short of the green in two, then he had two putts from long range at the next two holes to make par. Foster was unable to take advantage of further birdie opportunities spanning four holes from the 8th before one finally came at the long 12th with a driver and a rescue club to the front apron and two putts from 50ft.

A regulation par at the 13th was followed by dropped strokes at the 14th and 15th. He parred the 16th then got a stroke back at the 17th with a drive and a 5-iron to just off the green, holing his birdie putt from eight feet. He finished in style in front of a sizeable crowd at the 18th, skirting the bunker with his second before sending his first putt stone dead from off the left apron.

Foster admitted: “It was a hard finalday and I couldn’t sink a putt until I got my first birdie at the 12th. I had so many putts shave the hole and I dropped a couple of shots on 14 and 15.

“I thought I did it all on the first eleven holes and to get back to level par on the 12th I thought that with my experience I can’t blow this. It was a bit easier coming in because I knew it was mine.

“The people I’ve got to really thank are Bill Bromilow, who caddied for me this week. He could have played in this himself, but said ‘I can’t win it, but I know you can, so I’d rather be on the bag for you’. He’s been a rock all week.

“Ryan Done, the professional at Heysham, who was my caddy in the Open at Royal Lytham when I played in it 30 years ago. He turned pro and has coached me for the last three years and I think I’m playing as good a golf as I’ve ever played.

“Martin Wild, who I played with 100 times for Lancashire, is my biggest supporter who helps me more than anything and made me believe in myself. Any my wife Debbie, who turned up unexpectedly l after a six hour drive down from Lancashire. She’s supported me throughout my career.”

It’s women and girls’ week for golf

WOMEN and Girls’ Golf Week starts today across Great Britain and Ireland to raise awareness of the fabulous female side of the game.

The week, which coincides with the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the English girls’ championship, continues until Sunday and is the inspiration of England Golf.

It is an online campaign to celebrate the successes of women and girls in many different roles in golf – and to challenge misconceptions.

It starts by introducing three amazing career women and inviting women and girls everywhere to join the conversation by sharing their stories with #WhyIGolf,



The career women, who tell their stories on the England Golf website,  are:

Rebecca Hembrough, England Golf’s Women’s Performance Manager. Her job is to help develop the top players in the game so they can be the best they can. She reflects on golf, career and maternity leave! Read Becca’s story 

Chloe Gallagher is an assistant greenkeeper at Sunningdale Golf Club. She tells how she took a chance on a job and has travelled the world, worked at the Open and the Ricoh Women’s British Open – and has a date at the Ryder Cup. Read 

Chloe’s story 

Emma Ballard is a marketing manager and she talks about her career, about changing the image of the game and how social media expertise helped her create a great success story with Get into Golf. Read Emma’s story 

Tomorrow it’s the turn of volunteers and we’ll hear from, among others, Maureen Clarke, a championship referee who has been volunteering for almost 40 years, and Ella Baker, age 12, a Young Ambassador for England Golf and the Golf Foundation.

The week has the support of Scottish Golf, Wales Golf, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and The R&A and is designed to unite the golf industry behind the aim of growing the women and girls’ game.

There will be a different theme for every day with amazing people being featured. Here’s the plan for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: Volunteers, the hidden heroes behind the game

Wednesday: Health & Wellbeing, including celebrities who love the game and why

Thursday: Performance opportunities for young and aspiring players

Friday: Participation focus on key areas of the programme nationwide

Saturday: Championships key events and pathway for progression

Sunday: Round-up the week’s activities and highlights


Women and girls everywhere are invited to join the conversation on social media using #WhyIGolf and the response in the run-up to the week has been excellent.

Lauren Spray, England Golf Women and Girls’ Manager, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the interest in the week and by the number of women who want to get involved, either by spreading the message or by telling their stories.

“We’re very excited about this week and look forward to many more women and

girls joining us – and to hearing from clubs which are running events for women and girls.

“We’re also delighted to be joined by the other home unions, making this a truly collaborative campaign.”

England Golf and the other home unions, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, have pledged their support for The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter, and this week is one example of their involvement

The Charter was recently launched with the aim of inspiring an industry-wide commitment to a more inclusive culture, enabling women and girls to flourish and reach their potential at all levels of the sport.

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Top amateurs follow their dreams

TOP players from across the country will head to Lancashire next week, following their golfing dreams to the English men’s amateur championship.

The six-day championship starts on Tuesday when the 288 competitors begin two rounds of stroke play qualifying at Formby and Hesketh.

After Wednesday’s second round the leading 64 players and ties will go head to head in the match play stages of the championship, which will be played at Formby. The 36-hole final will be on Sunday, August 5.

It’s an opportunity to see some of the country’s finest golfing talent, with notable players including Gloucestershire’s Mitch Waite (Filton), who  leads the England Golf order of merit.

He’s been runner-up in the European amateur and the Lytham Trophy, a semi-finalist in the British amateur, the winner of the Hampshire Salver – and helped England to a European silver medal.

Another member of the European team was Yorkshire’s Nick Poppleton (Wath) who will seek a rare double, having already won the English men’s open strokeplay – the Brabazon Trophy.

Other names to watch include Yorkshire’s David Hague (Malton and Norton), who was also in the silver medal-winning European team. Meanwhile his county colleague Bailey Gill (Lindrick) and Dorset’s Tom Plumb (Sherborne) are both in the top five on the order of merit.

There’s plenty of young talent too, with Joe Sullivan (Chartham Park) and Dubai-based Josh Hill among those moving straight on from this week’s Carris Trophy, where they are making a low-scoring impact.

The courses will be both a treat and a challenge for the players. Formby is one of the world’s top championship links courses and has hosted the Amateur Championship on more than one occasion, the Curtis Cup and the Arnold Palmer Cup. Hesketh is also highly regarded and has hosted Open qualifying, the Junior Open and co-hosted the Amateur Championship.