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Golf - 06. June 2011.

Top senior golfers head to Somerset for English championship

British senior champion Bev New will bid for a second major title next week when the English senior strokeplay championship is played from 14-16 June at Saltford Golf Club, in her home county of Somerset.

Bev, from Lansdown, won the British title last September almost immediately after turning 50 and is playing her first full season of senior golf.

She was a top amateur before she followed a professional career which brought her wins in four countries. She returned to amateur ranks in 2001 and has since captained the English ladies’ team.

She’s one of two Somerset players in the senior strokeplay championship, alongside Val McFarlane, also from Lansdown.

Surrey’s Roz Adams will defend her title at the event, which has attracted the leading senior players from across the country. They include English senior amateur champion Sue Dye of Cheshire and fellow members of the 2010 winning team at the senior Home Internationals: Jo Ashmore of Norfolk, Felicity Christine of Surrey, Caroline Marron of Cheshire, Janet Melville of Nottinghamshire and Chris Quinn of Hampshire.

The championship is played over 54 holes, with the whole field playing 18 holes on each of the first two days. After 36 holes, the top half of the field, plus ties, qualifies for the final 18 holes on the third day.

The championship also features an over 65 prize and a county team trophy which, with 24 counties represented in the field, promises to be keenly contested. The prize, which has been won by Surrey for the past two years, is awarded for the two best scores from each county after 54 holes.

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