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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

England name team for European
senior women's team championship

Nottinghamshire’s Janet Collingham will return to international duty for England at the European senior ladies’ team championship.
The new English senior stroke-play champion is included in England’s team of seven which will contest the championship at Wouwse Plantage Golf Club, The Netherlands, from September 2-5. She will be joined by Cheshire’s Sue Dye and Barbara Laird, Yorkshire’s Carolyn Kirk, Hampshire’s Chris Quinn and Christine Stirling, and Buckinghamshire’s Christine Watson.
Janet Collingham won the British championship in 1987, was an England international from 1978-1992 and before that had been a girl international. Now, in her first season of seniors’ golf, she has played her way into another national team.
Another new cap is Cheshire’s Barbara Laird who has performed consistently well since making her debut in seniors’ golf last season.
Yorkshire’s Carolyn Kirk, who was runner-up at the seniors’ stroke-play, will make her debut in an English Women’s Golf Association team. However, she played in this championship in 2005 when the side was selected by the English Senior Ladies’ Golf Association.
Sue Dye is the reigning English senior champion and, like the other members of the team, an established senior international. England have won the silver medal at the European seniors ladies’ team championship for the past two years.
The team, captained by Cathy Bowerbank (Dinsdale Spa), is:
Janet Collingham (Sherwood Forest)
Sue Dye (Delamere Forest)
Carolyn Kirk (Ganton)
Barbara Laird (Sandiway)
Chris Quinn (Hockley)
Christine Stirling (Meon Valley)
Christine Watson (Beaconsfield)
Non-travelling reserves, in alphabetical order:
Rozalyn Adams (Addington Court)
Geraldine Bray (Littlestone)
Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield)
Lyndsey Hewison
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