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Preview: 2019 European Seniors' Championship

The European Senior Men's and Senior Ladies' Championships take place in Switzerland this week. 90 Men and 54 ladies will compete in the 24th edition of the event at Golf Club Ascona, which will be staging the event for the fourth time, after hosting in successive years from 1997 to 1999. 

Martin Birkholz returns as defending champion of the men's event. The German player claimed the title by a margin of one-stroke at Royal Bled Golf Club in Slovenia last year, holing a 15-foot putt on the final green to see off a challenge from Sweden's Mattias Pernheden. Birkholz also holed the winning putt for the German team in the final of the European Senior Men's Team Championship at Diamond Country Club last year.

Switzerland's Markus Frank is the only other former champion in the field, which represents 24 nationalities. The Swiss player won the event in Germany in 2017, and has also previously won the European Mid-Amateur Championship.

15 nationalities are represented in the ladies' field. Macarena Campomanes is the defending champion of the event. The Spanish player carded a final round 72 to win by six strokes last year and will be looking to claim her third title in the space of four years at Golf Club Ascona.

Susanne Lichtenberg, the 2017 champion and last year's silver medallist, will also tee it up this week, alongside three other former champions: Maria de Orueta (Spain) won the event in 2015, Jane Rees (Wales) in 2014, and Helene Maxe (Sweden) in 2013.

All players will complete two round of stroke play over two days, after which a cut will take place. The top-54 and ties in the Men's, and the top-33 and ties in the Ladies' will compete in the final round.

Livescoring and tee times can be accessed over the three tournament days (Thursday 13 June to Saturday 15 June) through the link below: