Senior star battles from six back in windy conditions to seal victory
Senior international Helen Lowe overcame a six-shot deficit – and strong winds – to win her second national championship.
She claimed the English Senior Strokeplay with a final round of one-over par at Belton Park.
“I can’t believe I’ve done it, I really can’t,” said Lowe, from Scraptoft. She won by four shots from Norfolk’s Tracey Williamson.
“This is tremendously important to me. It’s something you dream of and I don’t think I’ve won a strokeplay event before. Putting three decent rounds together is quite an achievement!”
Lowe wasn’t on top form as she approached the event, but some lessons did the trick. “It was hard work playing off,” remarked Lowe, who won the English Senior Amateur in 2015. I’ve been trying to get some rhythm going and get my confidence back – this should help!”
After the first round Lowe was eight off the lead set by Williamson, who went round in two-under 71. But she was blown off course in round two and Yorkshire’s Karen Jobling moved to the top of the leaderboard, five ahead of the field and six ahead of Lowe.
Jobling faded in the final day’s winds and had to settle for third place after Williamson birdied the last to secure the runners-up spot on her own.
Defending champion Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford) had been hoping to complete a stunning hat trick of wins. She left herself too much to do in the final round, but still managed a top ten finish.