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Senior's British Open - remembering late Angela Uzielli

The Senior Ladies British Open Amateur Championship has not been dominated by one player since the 1990s when the late Norfolk-born Angela Uzielli, whose maiden name was Carrick, won the title six times - 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1998 and 1999, the latter only a few weeks before her sudden death.

Mrs Uzielli, whose husband John is a former captain of the R&A, also won the British women's open amateur title at Hillside in 1977, played in the Curtis Cup match the following year, and was English women's champion in 1990 at the age of 50. Angela Uzielli was an amateur in the best traditions of the game, with an irrepressible sense of fun.

She was an England captain and the 1990 Woman Golfer of the Year. Her name lives on in many ways, such as at the Ladies' British Stroke Play Championship where there is an Angela Uzielli Trophy for the lowest 72 hole score by a player of over 23 years of age.

And there is also the Angela Uzielli Bursary, available for females in or entering full-time education at a British university or college (after school academic year 12) and be studying a non-golf related qualification.

Defending champion at Caldy, Staffordshire's Julie Brown had a memorable 2015 season and topped the England Golf senior women's order of merit. She was recovering from injury at the start of this season but is clearly back on form. She tied third in the qualifying at the European senior women's team championship in Poland and was unbeaten in the singles, helping England to the bronze medal.

Julie Brown
Julie Brown

Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire), won the 2014 title at Royal Dornoch and will be another strong contender. She won the English senior women's amateur championship this year, was joint runner-up in the senior stroke-play and was also in England's bronze-medal winning team at the European seniors' championship.

Ireland's Gertie Mullen (The Island), who finished three strokes behind Julie Brown in second place last year, showed that she is in good enough form to get even closer to the title by repeating her Irish senior women's open stroke-play championship at Arklow Golf Club last Friday.

Runner-up to Gertie was Canada's Alison Murdoch who won the Senior British women's title in 2009 at Copt Heath. Alison is also in the Caldy field.

Ones to watch: English senior stroke play champion Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) and Karen Jobling (Richmond, Yorkshire) who was runner up in the English senior women's amateur. Both made their England debuts at the European senior team championship.