The final day of the 2016 Irish Senior Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship brought wind and rain to the sunny South East as the players battled the Arklow Links.
As the scorecards began to come in, a club house leader in Catherine Reilly (The Heath) was established after she carded a 2 over par 74 in the challenging conditions. However, out on the course 36 hole leader Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna) and Gertie McMullen (The Island) were tied for the lead with 9 holes to play. The leading pair were one shot ahead of Sheena McElroy (Grange) while Pat Doran (Donabate) was a further shot behind.
As the gales strengthened the finishing 9 became tougher and it was a race to the finish line for the leaders. Both Corcoran and Sonja Bland (South Africa) faltered on the tough closing holes to finish on 239 and 244 respectively. Sheena McElroy finished with a closing 83 to tie for 3rd place with Corcoran on 239. Canadian Alison Murdoch, who has travelled to this tournament for the last number of years and will go from Arklow to Liverpool to compete at the British Women’s Senior Open Stroke Play Championship next week, finished with a respectable 79 which would be good enough for 2nd place.
However, the player who battled the hardest over the back 9 and ultimately finished on top of the leader board was Gertie McMullen of The Island Golf Club. The 2013 Irish Senior Women’s Open Stroke Play Champion and 2015 & 16 Irish Senior Women’s Close Champion can now add this tournament to her list of achievements. Gertie, who had her loving husband Frazer on the bag was delighted with her win.
“I am ecstatic, I can’t believe it. To have two Irish Opens and two Irish Close Championships now is just incredible!”