Thursday, April 22, 2010

Top seed Fiona Anderson falls at first hurdle

Caroline beats title-holder Chris Quinn in quarters

Cheshire’s Caroline Marron found a magical touch on the greens to defeat title-holder Chris Quinn in the quarter-finals of the English senior championship at Littlestone, Kent today.
Now, she faces Roz Adams of Surrey in the semi-finals. In the other side of the draw, Felicity Christine of Surrey will play Carole Weir of Buckinghamshire.
Caroline Marron put her success down to two hours of practice. “I spent an hour on the putting green last night and another hour this morning and that’s what made the difference. Chris struck it better than me but I holed the putts when I needed to.”
She holed out magnificently throughout the match but delivered the killer blow on the 15th. At that stage Caroline held a two-hole lead but, with her approach short of the putting surface and her opponent looking at a very makeable birdie putt, it seemed odds on that her advantage would be cut to one hole.
However, Caroline rolled her monster putt into the cup for a birdie, Chris missed hers – and Caroline was three up with three to play. After a sporting half on the 16th, Caroline was through to the semi-finals to play Roz Adams.
Chris Quinn, who won both English senior titles last year, said afterwards: “Caroline deserved it. She putted superbly.”
Caroline is a past winner of the English stroke-play championship who made her senior debut in this event last year. On that occasion she failed to make the match-play stages although she later became Northern vets champion; this year she’s through to the final four.
Roz Adams claimed her semi-final place after a close tussle with new senior Annie Gowing of Oxfordshire. Annie took the early lead with birdies on the first two holes but was pegged back and then overtaken. She, too, praised her opponent’s short game.
Felicity Christine defeated Janet Melville, who had reached the championship matchplay stages via a play-off and went on to knock out top qualifier, former Scottish champion and Vagliano Trophy player Fiona Anderson, in the first round.
Carole Weir won her quarter-final match against Barbara Laird of Cheshire, who struggled on the greens.
Championship flight
Round 1
Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) bt Fiona Anderson (Formby Ladies) 1 hole.
Felicity Christine (Banstead Downs) bt Pat West (Spalding) 3 and 1.
Carole Weir (Beaconsfield) bt Carole Caldwell 3 and 2.
Barbara Laird (Sandiway) bt Judy McCairns (Oxford Ladies) 1 hole.
Annie Gowing (Frilford Heath) bt Jo Ashmore (Barnham Broom) 2 and 1.
Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies) bt Julie Ballard 6 and 5.
Caroline Marron (Bromborough) bt Judy Butler (Malton & Norton) 3 and 2.
Chris Quinn (Hockley) bt Sandra Paul (Huddersfield) 8 and 7.
Quarter finals
Christine bt Melville 4 and 2.
Weir bt Laird 4 and 3.
Adams bt Gowing 3 and 1.
Marron bt Quinn 3 and 2.
Semi final draw
Christine v Weir
Adams v Marron
Flight Two
Round 1
Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield) bt Anne Bridges (Mentmore) 3 and 2.
Hilary Smyth (Pannal) bt Carol Wild (Notts Ladies) 3 and 1.
Debbie Richards (Burhill) bt Ruth Lindley (Hartlepool) 4 and 2.
Paula Parker (St Neots) bt Cathy Armstrong (Ellesborough) 3 and 2.
Geraldine Bray (Littlestone) bt Linda Noblet (Darwen) 3 and 1.
Rosemary Smallman (Littlestone) bt Alison Gee (Clandon Regis) 6 and 5.
Liz Moverley (Copt Heath) bt Vivien Saunders (Cambridge Meridian) 3 and 1.
Irene Bren (Wentworth) bt Sue Heathcote (Minchinhampton) 7 and 5.
Quarter finals
Wrightson bt Smyth 6 and 5.
Richards bt Parker 5 and 4.
Bray bt Smallman 4 and 3.
Brien bt Moverley 2 holes.
Semi final draw
Wrightson v Richards
Bray v Brien

Lyndsey Hewison
Press & PR Officer


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ryanair put a damper on Scots wanting to fly to

Morocco Family Golf Festival (October 9 to 16)

Tournament Director for the 2010 Morocco Family Golf Festival
Ryanair's extortionate charge for carrying golf clubs could scare off potential Scottish entrants to the inaugural Morocco Family Golf Festival, to be held at Marrakech from October 9 to 16.
Mohamed Fakir, boss of London-based Menara Travel Ltd, who are putting together all the arrangements, told me today:
"I have started to receive a number of enquiries - a few from Scotland - from golfers who are quite attracted by the prospect of playing golf on four different courses at Marrakech.
"The problem with the flights from Edinburgh to Marrakech is the quite high rates being charged by Ryanair. The Ryanair website is currently showing a price of £250 per person return + £80 for golf clubs' carriage (£330 in all) which is quite high compared to the flight we have secured with Royal Air Maroc from London Gatwick, which is £189 including FREE carriage of golf clubs.
"The price quoted by Easyjet for the Manchester to Marrakech flight on Saturday, October 9 is £180 per person return + £38 per golf bag both ways.
"I have contacted Ryanair and Easyjet to try to do a deal with them quite a while ago but they said they don’t work with travel agents/tour operators. They prefer to deal directly with clients, which means we have to book the flights for our clients on their website the same way anyone else does it."
So it might be cheaper for Scottish golfers who want to share in the fun of the Morocco Family Golf Festival to cross the Border to Manchester or even Gatwick for a flight to Marrakech on Saturday, October 9.
Remember there will be individual prize categories for senior men (over 55yr), senior women (over 50y), men, women, Under-16 & Under-18 boys, Under-16 & Under-18 girls.You can name your own partner if you wish for the Festival's curtain-raising better-ball Stableford foursomes on the Sunday (October 10).
Details of the Festival programme are available by clicking on the appropriate wording at the top of the left-hand column on this website's Home Page.

==================ENTRY FORM==============================
October 9 to 16, 2010, based at Marrakech

Competing as (Please tick the category listed below)
Senior Man (over 55 yrs on Jan 1)
Senior Lady (over 50 yrs on Jan 1)
Boy (Under-16 on Jan 1)
Girl (Under-16 on Jan 1)
Boy (Under- 18 on Jan 1)
Girl (Under-18) on Jan 1)

FIRST NAME (Mr/Mrs/Miss)



Maximum 28 for males; 36 for females.
(Competitors should take up an up to date handicap from their home club)FULL



Tel (Home)

Tel (Mobile)


Name of partner for Better-Ball Pairs:
If you wish the Tournament Director to allocate you with a partner at random (Please indicate (Yes / No)

Accompanying Person / Non Golfer

Preferred Airport to fly from & to

Comments / Remarks

I confirm that I agree to abide by all the tournament rules & regulations and I enclose a deposit of £100 (please make cheques payable to MENARA TRAVEL LTD) – payment by cards accepted


Please send your completed Entry Form and cheque to:
Mohamed Fakir, Menara Travel Ltd, 200c Blythe Road, London W14 0HH

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