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Hampshire's Chris Quinn is top seed in English strokeplay championship
21 April 2011

Hampshire's Chris Quinn scored below par today to lead the qualifiers for the matchplay stages of the English senior championship at York Golf Club.

Chris, who has won this title three times, added one-under par 72 to her opening 73 for a total of 145 at the end of the strokeplay qualifying.

She was out in the third group out this morning and set an early target which couldn't be beaten, finishing five shots clear of her closest rival and fellow senior international, Roz Adams of Surrey.
"It's always nice to be top qualifier and it's good for your confidence - but there are some very good players at the bottom of the draw," said Chris.

"I was very happy with my round and I was much steadier than yesterday when I had six birdies, six pars and six birdies."

In the second round Chris reached the turn at two-under, had another birdie on the 10th and didn't bogey a hole until she three-putted the 12th. Another birdie followed on the long 15th, before bogeys on 16 and 17 - put down to a wayward drive and mistaken club selection.

"The course is very attackable but if you go off line you can get into quite big trouble. You feel you should score well but you can see how people run up fairly big numbers," said Chris.

The glorious weather is creating good scoring conditions and there were a host of scores in the 70s, including 75s from Lulu Housman of Middlesex, who qualified third, and former British champion Janet Melville.

Defending champion Caroline Marron was fourth qualifier while British senior champion Beverley New also made it into the matchplay, avoiding the play-off by one shot. The two now face each other in the first round of the knockout.

Tomorrow Chris Quinn, the number one seed, starts her matchplay campaign against first round opponent, Pat West of Lincolnshire who came through a sudden death play-off to claim the last place in the championship flight.

Pat was one of five competitors who played-off for three places after they all tied on 11-over par at the end of regulation play. Senior international Felicity Christine of Surrey and Yorkshire's Jackie Barraclough were the other two successful players. Meanwhile Irene Brien of Surrey and Pat Wrightson of Yorkshire took the first two places in the Flight Two draw.

A sixth player, Pat Bennett of Reading, would also have been in the play-off but withdrew. She had never intended to take part in the matchplay because she is one of the England team selectors and will be watching play. 

Championship matchplay draw

Christine Quinn (Hockley) v Pat West (Spalding)
Ruth Lindley (Hartlepool) v Barbara Laird (Sandiway)
Janet Melville (Sherwood Forest) v Sheree Dove-Wilde (Chobham)
Beverley New (Lansdown) v Caroline Marron (Bromborough)
Lulu Housman (Highgate) v Felicity Christine (Banstead Downs)
Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) v Jo Ashmore (Barnham Broom)
Elaine Elliott (Whitley Bay) v Gabi Heuchel (East Berkshire)
Jackie Barraclough (East Bierley) v Roz Adams (Addington Court Ladies')

Flight Two draw

Irene Brien (Wentworth) v Lynn Griffiths (Reading)
Jeanette Williams (Pleasington) v Annie Gowing (Frilford Heath)
Judy Butler (Malton & Norton) v Elaine Hancock (Spalding)
Gillian Curley (Northants County) v Carolyn Kirk (Ganton)
Barbara Woodham (Cobtree Manor Park) v Sheila McKinnon (Royal Liverpool Ladies')
Jayne Long (Tidworth Garrison) v Fiona Anderson (Formby Ladies')
Gill Snelson (Branston) v Pauline Daymont (Alnmouth)
Linda Noblett (Penwortham) v Pat Wrightson (Huddersfield)

Click here for qualifying scores
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