CHESHIRE’S Sue Dye scored a runaway win in the English Senior Women’s Strokeplay Championship at Shanklin & Sandown on the Isle of Wight, finishing seven shots clear.
She was level-par for the 54-hole tournament and said afterwards: “I won this in 2007, but I’ve also been runner-up four times, so it’s rather nice to hold it together and lovely to win again.”
Sue, from Delamere Forest, set out in the final round with a five-shot lead and she extended that advantage with a closing 74 to her two earlier rounds of one-under 71. British senior champion Katherine Russell was her closest rival at the start of the day and, although she birdied two of the first three holes, her challenge fell away and she finished joint sixth.
Elsewhere, though, a scoring blitz did materialise. It came from too far back to threaten Sue’s lead but it made for a great battle for second place. Former champion Chris Quinn prevailed with a two-under-par 70, pipping her playing companion Caroline Berry.
However, Caroline’s closing 69 was not only the low score of the championship but also the lowest round ever by a lady at Shanklin & Sandown.
Chris Quinn, from Hockley in Hampshire, was lying tenth after the second round and was ‘feeling despondent’. “Everything I tried had gone wrong so I decided to go out and attack the course and I started birdie, par, birdie, birdie,” explained Chris. “It was nice to pull myself up to second, I’m very pleased with that.”
The county team trophy was won, for the second year in a row, by Cheshire, represented by Sue Dye and Gillian Mellor (Prestbury). Gillian, who was tied sixth overall, did well to finish after hurting her back on the ninth. The trophy for the best player aged 65 and over, meanwhile, was retained by Gill Snelson of Wellingborough, who was 14th overall.
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