PORTMARNOCK’S Ger Ward added to her continuing legacy in Pitch & Putt with a second successive National Strokeplay and Matchplay double after retaining her Senior Strokeplay title by a single stroke from Ryston’s Chrissie Byrne in Collins, Cork this afternoon. Ger had been one behind the 18 hole lead of three under par held by both Tipperary Hills’ Breda White and Ryston’s Tara Dillon on two under after the First Rounds were all completed.
Ultimately though it came down to the National Matchplay Finalists again in both Ward and Byrne to decide the winner with Ger’s second round of five under par putting her just one ahead in the end once more after a 36 hole total of seven under par saw her hold off a charge from Chrissie in the second round who carded a six under par second 18 (best single round of the day) to finish the tournament on six under. Tara Dillon claimed third spot with three under par, one ahead of Siobhan Scannell from the host club in fourth as they were the only four players to finish the tournament under par. Breda White and Fermoy’s Eleanor Walsh both finished on level par.
The Intermediate crown was won by Mairead Manning of St Stephens in Cork with 112, adding to the Junior title she won on home turf two years earlier. 2015 winner Mary Quinn of Lakeside had held the 18 hole lead with Mairead back on four over par. Mairead crucially managed to card a level par second round in finishing the event on four over just enough to give her victory by a single stroke from the host club’s Vera McCarthy. Vera had a closing one over to finish on five over in second as last year’s Junior winner Margaret Forde of Riverdale was third on 114 after rounds of 58 and 56. Quinn eventually finished fourth on 116.
The Junior grade was won by Phil Downey from the host club on 118 as she led the tournament from start to finish with a five stroke victory over National Ladies Nett Matchplay winner Elaine Quinn of Lakeside. Phil’s opening 58 had her three ahead of McBride’s Audrey Donnelly after the first 18 before a closing 59 from Elaine gave her second over Audrey on 123. The Louth player eventually finished the tournament in third on 127 as all the prize winners in this grade played in the same three-ball.
Senior Ladies: 1st G Ward (Portmarnock) 101, 2nd C Byrne (Ryston) 102, 3rd T Dillon (Ryston) 105
Intermediate Ladies: 1st M Manning (St Stephens) 112, 2nd V McCarthy (Collins) 113, 3rd M Forde (Riverdale) 114
Junior Ladies: 1st P Downey (Collins) 118, 2nd E Quinn (Lakeside) 123, 3rd A Donnelly (McBride) 127
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