Top seed Fiona Anderson falls at first hurdle
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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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