Several players with extensive international experience are taking part and Emma Duggleby, still a +2 player at Malton & Norton is the backmarker in the field of 70 players. Duggleby, 35, had a successful amateur career that included winning the Ladies British Amateur Championship in 1994 and the English Amateur in 2000. That same year she played in the Curtis Cup and also represented GB&I in the matches of 2002 and 2004.
Alison Coffey, an Irish International from 1997 to 2001 was also in that 2002 team and she is one of a number of Irish players that includes Valerie Hassett, the 1996 Senior Ladies British Amateur Champion.
Other English players who can reasonably be expected to challenge for the title include Susan Dye, the newly crowned English Senior Champion and Sara Garbutt, the winner of the English Stroke Play in 2002 at Whittington Heath.
Frilford Heath was officially formed in 1908 on land described as ‘One of those odd stretches of land intended by nature for a golf course, hitherto unrecognised.’ The club quickly attracted a substantial membership and by the 1950’s there was the need for a second course. More recently, in 1994 the club became one of the few in the country to boast of 54 holes.
Since its inception, it has been a popular venue for major events, hosting the English Amateur in 1987, the British Seniors in 1999, the English Seniors in 2003 and the 2006 Ladies’ Home Internationals.
Competitors play 18 holes on each of the first two days and the lowest 40 and ties qualify for the final round on Sunday 8 July.
The list of competitors can be viewed at www.lgu.org.
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