Suffolk’s Fiona Edmond picked for England in European Senior Ladies’ Team Golf Championship

Fiona Edmond (Suffolk and Ipswich) holds the Taylor Salver after winning the English Senior Women�s

Fiona Edmond (Suffolk and Ipswich) holds the Taylor Salver after winning the English Senior Women�s Amateur Championship in May. Picture: LEADERBOARD PHOTOGRAPHY. - Credit: Leaderboard Photography

The gamble taken by Suffolk’s Fiona Edmond has paid off.

She won the English Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at South Staffordshire in May, then she opted to represent Suffolk in East County Week at Sheringham instead of playing in the English Senior Women’s Open Amateur Strokeplay at Harpenden.

She hoped she had done enough to earn one of two selectors’ picks for the European Senior Ladies’ Team Championship at Golf Resort Skalica in Slovenia between September 5 and 9. Now she knows she is in the team of six announced by England Golf.

She will have nine days on her return to prepare to play for Suffolk again in the English Women’s County finals at Felixstowe Ferry against the might of Yorkshire, Gloucestershire, Nottinghamshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire starting on September 18.

This event clashes with the Senior Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Royal Belfast between September 19 and 21.

Edmond returns to international action after an absence of 25 years.

She was an England and GB&I international before illness, children and work put a stop to her golf. She dusted off her clubs about three years ago and won the English senior title at her first attempt.

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She will be joined in the team by English senior stroke-play champion Jackie Foster, Caroline Berry, Julie Brown, Aileen Greenfield and Lulu Housman.

The team is composed of the top four players from the senior order of merit and two selectors’ picks. The automatic places were taken by Brown, Greenfield, Foster and Housman.

England’s recent record in this event is excellent, winning the gold medal in 2014, silver in 2015 and bronze last year.

- Todd Clements of Braintree is the new English Amateur champion. The 20-year-old beat Jack Gaunt of Drayton Park 2 and 1 in a dramatic 36 -hole final over the Red course at The Berkshire Golf Club.

Clements seemed to be coasting when five up just after the start of the second round. Gaunt broke back to be all square and seemingly on a roll.

Clements went one up at the par three 28th. At the 31st he chipped in for eagle to go two up. Then he was three up with four to play thanks to a 30-foot birdie putt.

Clements said: “It proves to me that I can really compete at this level. Two years ago I was just someone who turned up to enjoy a tournament. Now I feel I can turn up and try to win.”

In the semi-final Clements beat Nick Poppleton (Wath) one up, Grant beat Tom Sloman (Taunton and Pickeridge) by the same score.

Jay Beisser (The Rayleigh Club) lost 2 and 1 to Scott Gregory (Corhampton) in the fourth round. Beisser had beaten Suffolk’s Paul Waring (Felixstowe Ferry) one up in the second round.

Suffolk county champion James Biggs (Diss) qualified for the match play. In the first round he beat Mark Collins of Chart Hills one up but then went out 3 and 2 to Thomas Plumb of Sherborne.

It was a brilliant effort by Clements to find such consistent form. He missed the cut in the Dutch Junior Open at Toxandria, an event won by Sloman.

Josh Hulyer, who had Suffolk junior coaching before moving from Haverhill to Gog Magog, is among those in the Reid Trophy (English under 14 stroke-play) at The Manchester Club this week.

There are no Suffolk girls in the English under-14 and under-16 championships at Blackmoor. Among the Essex hopefuls are Bella Jay, Ashley Chalmers and Harriet Lynch.

- The Parks Trophy semi-finals will be played on August 23. Bury St Edmunds will meet Ipswich at Newton Green. Felixstowe Ferry will play Woodbridge at Rushmere.

Quarter-final results: Woodbridge 17 Bungay 0, Seckford 0 Ipswich 5, Felixstowe Ferry 14 Gorleston 0, Bury St Edmunds 7 Stowmarket 0.

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