Doran snatches Seniors Open by two

​​​Play begins at the Irish Senior Women's Open Stroke Play at Carlow from September 11

  • 13 September 2019

​Caption: Pat Doran (Donabate) winner of the 2019 Irish Senior Women's Open Stroke Play Championships at Carlow Golf Club., Image by Jenny Matthews, Cashman Photography


Round-up from Day 3
On a beautiful, sunny day in Carlow Golf Club, Pat Doran (Donabate) came from behind on the final day to win the 2019 Irish Senior Womens Open, shooting a final round of 75. Overnight leader Gertie McMullen (The Island) shot a final round of 80, which saw her finish second place, tied with Judith Kyrinis (Canada). Alison Taylor (Malahide) shot through the leaderboard with a days best 70 to finish in fourth. However, Pat was not to be denied, finishing with a total of 231 to finish 2 strokes clear of the field.

Round-up from Day 2
Gertie McMullen (The Island) shot a 2 under par 73 in the second round to lead by 3 shots going into the final 18 on Friday 13th September. McMullen, who has previously won the Seniors Open title in 2013 and 2016, will be looking to for her third, three year cycle title!

Pat Doran (Donabate) followed an opening 80 with a 76 to lie in second place, 3 shots off the lead and Maria O'Reilly (Headfort) is tied third with overnight leader Sonja Bland from South Africa.

Round-Up from Day 1
​South Africa's Sonja Bland leads the way with a one over par 76 after day 1 at Carlow Golf Club.  One shot adrift in tied second lies Canadian Judith Kyrinis, Ireland's Maria O'Reilly from Headfort and Gigi Higgins from the United States. Margaret McAuliffe (Ballybunion) and Deirdre Walsh (Milltown) are tied fifth, two shots adrift of the lead while reigning Senior Close Champion Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna) is just three off the pace.

Pre-Tournament news
The Irish Senior Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship begins at Carlow Golf Club tomorrow with a field of 65 players. 

The 54 hole event runs from the 11 – 13 September and will see golfers representing the Home Nations as well as the USA, Canada, South Africa, Italy, the Netherlands and Finland. The field also welcomes defending champion and 71-year-old Beatriz Arenas of Guatemala.

From an Irish perspective, confidence is high following the bronze medal won at the European Team Championships last week. Current Irish Senior Women’s Close Champion Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna) will get her bid underway alongside Becky Neal (USA) and Susan Dye (England) while Open Stroke Play Champion of three years ago Gertie McMullen (The Island) tee’s off with Tama Caldabaugh (USA) and Ivy Steinberg (Canada) at 10.00am on Wednesday morning.