KirkwoodGolf: Senior Ladies British Open Amateur Championship

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Senior Ladies British Open Amateur Championship




Trentham's Julie Brown, pictured, will start the final day of the Senior Ladies British Open Amateur Championship with a two-stroke lead at Prestatyn Golf Club, Wales.
The England international has shot rounds of 72 and 74 over the par-74 lay-out for a 36-hole tally of one-under-par 147.
Her nearest challenger with 18 holes to go is Ireland's Gertie McMullen (The Island) who has had rounds of 75 and 74 for 149.
England's senior champion Helen Lowe (Scraptoft) is in third place - four off the pace - on 151 with rounds of 74 and 77.
Julie Brown birdied the third and 16th but had a double bogey 7 at the seventh and also dropped a shot at the 15th.
Gertie McMullen also had a double bogey 6 on her card - at the ninth - and she boged the 13th as well. But birdies at the third, 10th, 15th kept her in a title-challenging position.b
Helen Lowe's second-round 77 included a double bogey 6 at the seventh and shots shed at the first, 11th, 12th and 17th. High spots on her scorecard were birdies at the fifth, ninth and 10th.
Overnight leader and former Senior Ladies British Open Amateur Champion Ann Lewis (Royal St Davids) fell back with an 84 - 13 shots more than her first round - and her tally of 155 sees her start the final round in a share of seventh place.
Also on 155 is the leading Continental player, Spain's Maria De Orueta with scores of 78 and 77.
Maria birdied the third, sixth and 16th but ran up a triple bogey 7 at the 14th in halves of 37 and 40.
Scotland's Fiona De Vries in joint 12th on 156 with scores of 80 and 76.
Defending champion Catherine Rawthore (Sale) is lying joint 18th after rounds of 82 and 76 for 158.
Sally Krueger from the United States is within the top 20 after 36 holes. She had an eagle 3 at the par 5 16th in her second round of 80 for 158 and a share of 18th position.
Another American, Martha Lang, is joint 26th on 159 with rounds of 82 and 77. She had halves of 38-41 today, a triple bogey 8 at the 18th knocking her back.
Forty-one players with totals of 162 qualified for the final 18 holes.
Finland's Minna Kaarnalahti, who took up golf after injuries ended her football career, has done well in senior tournaments in Ireland and also the Senior Ladies British Open in the past but she had to birdie the 17th and 18th to beat the cut on this occasion
Minna had rounds of 82 and 79 for 161.
Not so lucky was Sweden's Christina Birke who was runner-up in this event in 2002.
She missed the cut by two shots with scores of 83 and 81 for 164.