The two-handicapper from Littlestone will be joined in the field by the new English seniors’ champion, Sue Ellis from Ferndown in Dorset, who won her title in May.
The 36-hole event will be contested by 65 players, whose handicaps start at one and who include senior internationals and a strong local contingent of 13 Northumberland golfers.
Northumberland vets’ captain Ena Clark – who can’t play because of an arm injury – is pleased by the turn-out. “It will be tremendously good experience and I am delighted that there are so many local players in the field,” she said.
The local challenge will be led by Elaine Elliott from Whitley Bay, who has been Northumberland champion thee times and vets champion twice. She plays off three and was runner-up last month in the Northern Division vets’ championship.
Another strong contender will be Lesley Marsh of Ponteland who is the reigning Northumberland vets’ champion. Other players who have represented the county vets include Christine Oliver of Morpeth and Pauline Daymont, Alison Hansen, Moyra Howie and Penny Bellamy, all from Alnmouth.
Penny already has her place in English golfing history with a remarkable family achievement. Penny, her sister Norma and brother Keith all played golf for England in the same year in the early 1950s.
Players in the field who have represented England as seniors include Christine Watson (Beaconsfield) who won the 2006 English seniors’ championship; Geraldine Bray (Littlestone), Carolyn Kirk (Ganton), Sue Pickles (Lee on-the-Solent), Vivien Saunders (Cambridge National), Hilary Smyth (Pannal), Sue Westall (Copt Heath), and Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield).
Among the in-form competitors is Sue Dye from Delamere Forest in Cheshire. She was the runner-up in this event last year, leading qualifier at the English seniors’ championship in May and has recently won the Northern Division vets’ championship.
Competitors will be divided into two divisions, based on handicap, and will all play 18 holes on both days of the championship. The par 75 course measures 5760 yards.
Northumberland Golf Club has hosted many major events, both professional and amateur. These include the Dunlop Masters, the English Amateur championship, the British Youths’ Championship, the Commonwealth Ladies Tournament, and most recently the 2004 English Boys Open Strokeplay Championship.
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