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Brown wins 2015 senior star title

INTERNATIONAL Julie Brown has reason to celebrate after she capped a winning season by being named as England Golf’s top lady senior for 2015 last month.

The British senior women’s champion from Trentham, Staffordshire, scored a runaway win, amassing more than twice as many order of merit points as her closest rival, English senior amateur champion Helen Lowe.

“I really wanted to win this, I was close last year and was pipped, so I’m very pleased,” she remarked.

The highlight of her season was realising a long-held ambition to hold a British title. “That was really special,” said Brown. “I always wanted to win a British title and I lost in the final of the British amateur in 1984 at Troon. So this did mean a lot to me – even though I had to wait a long time for it.”

She added: “I also really enjoyed playing in the England team this year – I don’t think I have ever laughed so much, we had so much fun as a team.”

They also had much success, taking the silver medal at the European championships and winning the Senior Women’s Home Internationals.

In addition Brown was runner-up in the English senior amateur, which she won in 2014, and tied fifth in the English senior strokeplay.

She has just completed her second year as a senior and her next target is simply to keep on winning. “My goal is to do the same again next year, if I can, if it’s possible.

“I definitely would like to win another title.”

Bromborough’s Caroline Berry was fifth in the order of merit, Delamere Forest’s Sue Dye was sixth, Sale’s Cath Rawthore seventh and Royal Birkdale’s Janet Melville 10th.