McMullan defies nerves to claim Irish Strokeplay title

Irish Senior Womens Open Strokeplay at Castlerock Golf Club.'Winner Gertie McMullen (The Island) with Dympna Conlon (ILGU) and Castlerock Lady Captain Diane Stuart.
Irish Senior Womens Open Strokeplay at Castlerock Golf Club.'Winner Gertie McMullen (The Island) with Dympna Conlon (ILGU) and Castlerock Lady Captain Diane Stuart.

Ireland’s Gertie McMullen (The Island) fired a final round 79 to defeat Canada’s Diane Williams by four strokes to win her first Irish Senior Women’s Open Strokeplay title at Castlerock Golf Club.

As the gale force winds and torrential rain abated for the first time all week, overnight leader McMullen started shakily to lose the lead and stood four over par on the fifth tee.

However she settled into the round to complete the next 14holes in level par to secure the title.

Canada’s Williams finished second while team mate Diane Dolan went one better with a 78 to finish third.

Past Champion Alison Murdoch (CAN) fired a best-of-the-day 77 to finish sixth while Irish Seniors Close Champion Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna) finished in seventh place

In the Nations Cup, Canada B edged out Ireland B and England A.

FINAL ROUND TOTALS (PAR 75 SSS 75 CSS 78RO 78RO 77)

238 Gertie McMullen (The Island) 80 79 79

242 Diane Williams (CAN) 79 84 79

243 Diane Dolan (CAN) 86 79 78

244 Marianne Towersey (USA) 80 79 85

245 Amanda Mayne (ENG) 84 78 83; Alison Murdoch (CAN) 82 86 77

246 Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna) 83 80 83; Pat Doran (Donabate) 79 82 85

248 Susan Dye (ENG) 83 85 80

249 Caroline Berry (ENG) 88 83 78

251 Mary Kay Zordani (USA) 87 87 77; Heather Anderson (SCO) 83 85 83; Jackie Little (CAN) 82 89 80; Minna Kaarnalahti (FIN) 82 87 82; Helen Jones (Royal Portrush) 80 84 87

253 Karen Pultz (CAN) 90 83 80; Ivy Steinberg (CAN) 81 86 86

254 Ruth Lindley (ENG) 82 93 79

255 Lily Owens (Malahide) 88 85 82

256 Rozalyn Adams (ENG) 86 83 87

257 Sheena McElroy (Grange) 92 86 79; Sally Krueger (USA) 91 86 80

258 Holly Horwood (CAN) 86 89 83; Mary MacLaren (Wellingborough) 84 87 87

259 Carolyn Kirk (ENG) 89 84 86; Gill Snelson (ENG) 88 85 86; Teri deLuis (CAN) 86 86 87; Catherine Reilly (The Heath) 81 90 88; Pauline Walsh (Headfort) 79 91 89

260 Kate Evans (RCD Ladies) 87 88 85; Susan Pearl (CAN) 83 89 88

261 Vicki Thomas (WAL) 86 89 86

262 Judy Collins (CAN) 90 88 84; Susan Bell (CAN) 88 88 86; Fionnuala McGrady (Dunmurry) 84 89 89

263 Cornelia Fischer (GER) 94 86 83; Phyllis Laschuk (CAN) 90 86 87; Fiona Hunter (SCO) 86 92 85; Annie Gowing (ENG) 85 94 84

264 Barbara Biggart (SCO) 84 90 90

265 Ann Stahle (SWE) 87 92 86

268 Marilyn Henderson (Royal Belfast) 90 88 90; Robin Lee Monroe (CAN) 84 91 93

269 Alison vans Agnew (ENG) 92 88 89

270 Elke Neumann-Drope (GER) 90 88 92; Sarah Arnold (ENG) 89 89 92

271 Josee Deslauriers (CAN) 92 88 91; Pamela Williamson (SCO) 90 90 91; May Hughes (SCO) 89 88 94

275 Gabi Heuchel (ENG) 89 89 97