Austria’s Isabella Holpfer defeated Chloe Ryan (Castletroy) with a chip and putt par to secure her first Irish Women’s Open Strokeplay at Dun Laoghaire on Sunday.
There was heartbreak for overnight leader, Lurgan’s Niamh McSherry, who double-bogeyed her final hole to miss out on the play off by one stroke.
The players were greeted with dry and cool conditions as the top 40 plus ties took to the championship course. Players were battling for a top finish in view of Irish Girls and Ladies European Team announcements next week.
The overnight leaders, Niamh McSherry and Isabella Holpfer (Austria) were inseparable on the front nine as they both made the turn in 37 shots.
The back nine proved to be a different story as both players suffered bogeys on the home stretch.
However, a focused Holpfer did just enough with a final round 78 to card an overall total of 221.
Castletroy’s Chloe Ryan also finished on 221 after showing her determination to shoot a 75 and force a sudden death playoff with the Austrian.
Holpfer emerged stronger in the end after carding a par four on the first playoff hole to be crowned Irish Women’s Open Strokeplay Champion.
Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL), going for a fourth win in a row, finished two shots out of the play-off. Annabel Wilson (Lurgan), Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) and Louise Coffey (Malone) all secured top 10 finishes.
The Nations Cup was retained by Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL), Ryan and Maria Dunne (Skerries) on a total score of 444.
The trio will be involved as part of an 11 person Irish entry in the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship which will be held at Portstewart Golf Club from the 9th - 13th June.
Portstewart is not new to LGU tournaments having successfully staged the Home International Matches and the Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship in recent years.
The Championship will be played over 6262 yards of the Strand lay-out which lies on an estuary between the Atlantic Ocean and the River Bann.
Two stroke-play qualifying rounds will produce 64 competitors for the sudden-death match-play stages. The 18-hole final will be played on Saturday afternoon.
The 2014 champion, 18-year-old Emily Pedersen from Copenhagen has turned professional and will not defend the title she won at Royal St Georges.