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Hot competition at Seniors Close ahead of match play stages​

​​​Irish Senior Women's Close Championship, Birr Golf Club

  • 29 June 2016

Caption: Mary Sheehy (Tralee) - Photo Courtesy of Pat Cashman

Full Qualifying Results    

LIVE SCORING - Championship

LIVE SCORING - Plate

The qualifying stages at the Irish Senior Women's Close Championship has come to a close after 36 holes. The Island's Gertie McMullen made a solid start to her defence of the title, after recording rounds of 71 and 77 to emerge leading qualifier, four clear of in-form Mary Sheehy (Tralee). Sheehy made birdies on the 9th and 16th while McMullen finished in style, carding an eagle three on the 18th.  

In the top qualifying positions are also 2014 Champion Laura Webb (East Berkshire), Carol Wickham (Laytown & Bettystown), Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna), Marilyn Henderson (Royal Belfast), Mary MacLaren (Royal Portrush) and Maria O'Reilly (Headfort) after shooting two steady rounds to ease through to the championship match play stages. Marilyn Henderson is unfortunately unavailable for match play.

The plate match play will be run alongside the championship and includes current senior international Sheena McElroy (Grange) and past senior international Kate Evans (Royal Co. Down Ladies).  

The fabulous course at Birr Golf Club is proving challenging for the players as the undulating fairways, hills and hollows are catching even some of the most accomplished golfers.  

The top 16 have qualified for the championship match play, while positions seventeen through to thirty-two will compete for the plate.

Championship Draw R2
14:10 Gertie McMullen (The Island) -v- Pat  Doran (Donabate)
14:20 Carol Wickham (Laytown & Bettystown) -v- Margaret McAuliffe (Ballybunion)
14:40 Mary Sheehy (Tralee) -v- Maria O'Reilly (Headfort)
14:30 Laura Webb (East Berkshire) -v- Emer Kirwan (Kiliney)

Plate Draw R2
13:00 Kate Evans (Royal Co. Down Ladies) -v- Honoria Fogarty (Castlecomer)
13:10 Mary Duane (Hermitage) -v- Catherine Reilly (The Heath)
13:40 Rita McGoldrick (Enniscrone) -v- Catherine Bird (Nenagh)
13:50 Sheena Mc Elroy (Grange) -v- Margaret Hayes (Tralee)

Championship R1 Results 
Gertie McMullen (The Island) beat Mary Dowling (Mallow) 1up
Helen Jones (Royal Portrush) lost to Pat  Doran (Donabate)  5&4
Carol Wickham (Laytown & Bettystown) beat Niamh Giblin (Dun Laoghaire) 3&2
Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna) lost to Margaret McAuliffe (Ballybunion) 3&1
Mary Sheehy (Tralee) beat Ruth Maguire (Corrstown) 1up
Maria O'Reilly (Headfort) beat Fiona Corbett (Castletroy) 4&3
Laura Webb (East Berkshire) beat Vivienne Houston (City of Derry) 6&5
Mary MacLaren (Royal Portrush) lost to Emer Kirwan (Kiliney) 5&4

Plate R1 Results 
Kate Evans (Royal Co. Down Ladies) beat Rita O'Neill (Callan) 7&5 
Pamela Morgan (Lahinch) lost to Honoria Fogarty (Castlecomer) 6&5 
Mary Duane (Hermitage) beat Ann Monteith (Slieve Russell) 4&2 
Catherine Reilly (The Heath) beat Valerie Shannon (Lahinch) 5&4 
Rita McGoldrick (Enniscrone) beat Siobhan McGrath (Athlone) 1up
Paula Murray (Naas) lost to Catherine Bird (Nenagh) 3&2  
Sheena Mc Elroy (Grange) beat Toni McDonagh (Fortwilliam) 8&7
Margaret Hayes (Tralee) beat Fiona Glass (Ballycastle) 1up

Irish Senior Women's Close Championship Results Round 1&2
Par 73 SSS 73 CSS 73 (R1) CSS 74 (R2)
148 Gertie McMullen (Island) 71 77
152 Mary Sheehy (Tralee Golf Club) 74 78
154 Laura Webb (East Berkshire Golf Club) 77 77, Carol Wickham (Laytown & Bettystown) 74 80
155 Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna Golf Club) 79 76
156 Marilyn Henderson (Royal Belfast Golf Club) 79 77, Mary MacLaren (Royal Portrush Golf Club) 76 80
157 Maria O'reilly (Headfort Golf Club) 75 82
158 Helen Jones (Royal Portrush Golf Club) 77 81
159 Pat Doran (Donabate) 80 79
160 Fiona Corbett (Castletroy Golf Club) 80 80, Emer Kirwan (Killiney Golf Club) 79 81
161 Margaret McAuliffe (Ballybunion Golf Club) 80 81, Niamh Giblin (Dun Laoghaire Golf Club) 78 83
162 Vivienne Houston (City of Derry Golf Club) 82 80, Ruth Maguire (Corrstown Golf Club) 81 81, Mary Dowling (Mallow Golf Club) 80 82, Pauline Walsh (Headfort Golf Club) 80 82
163 Kate Evans (Royal Co. Down Ladies) 82 81, Rita McGoldrick (Enniscrone Golf Club) 82 81, Sheena McElroy (Grange) 78 85
164 Mary Duane (Hermitage Golf Club) 85 79, Catherine Reilly (The Heath Golf Club) 84 80
165 Margaret Hayes (Tralee Golf Club) 81 84, Paula Murray (Naas Golf Club) 78 87
166 Pamela Morgan (Lahinch Golf Club) 84 82, Valerie Hassett (Ennis Golf Club) 79 87
167 Honoria Fogarty (Castlecomer Golf Club) 86 81, Catherine Bird (Nenagh Golf Club) 77 90
171 Fiona Glass (Ballycastle Golf Club) 90 81, Valerie Shannon (Lahinch Golf Club) 88 83
172 Ann Monteith (Slieve Russell Golf Club) 87 85, Toni McDonagh (Fortwilliam Golf Club) 82 90
173 Siobhan McGrath (Athlone Golf Club) 86 87, Mary Madden (Ballinasloe Golf Club) 86 87, Rita O'Neill (Callan) 83 90
174 Mary Kinsella (Tullamore Golf Club) 87 87, Stephanie Mac Grath (Lahinch Golf Club) 87 87
175 Breda Ryan (Callan) 86 89
177 Gemma Butler (Birr Golf Club) 84 93, V Smyth (Birr Golf Club) 84 93
178 Nicky F Smyth (Royal Portrush Golf Club) 91 87
179 Mary Mather (Cill Dara Golf Club) 91 88, Elizabeth Neville (Bearna Golf Club) 90 89, Majorie Ahern (Lahinch Golf Club) 89 90
180 Julie Barkman (Nenagh Golf Club) 91 89, Hazel Henderson (Royal Portrush Golf Club) 88 92
181 Catherine Carty (Tullamore Golf Club) 90 91, Stephanie McNiff (Tullamore Golf Club) 89 92
182 Christine Carroll (Killarney Golf Club) 90 92
183 Yvonne MacSweeney (Wexford Golf Club) 86 97
188 Mary Geaney (Killarney Golf Club) 92 96
189 Anne Wemyss (Callan) 96 93, Kathleen Burke (Connemara) 93 96
190 Mary Sadlier (Lahinch Golf Club) 95 95
191 Angela Cullinan (Lahinch Golf Club) 95 96
193 Kathleen Moylan (Tullamore Golf Club) 96 97