Doneraile’s Paula Walsh won the Munster Senior Open Championship in Cork today, and her three under par display meant that she was a wire to wire winner over the three rounds. Paula went into the final round with a three shot lead, and her four birdies and single bogey saw her extend her grip on the tournament to win by six strokes. The Doneraile golfer is also a member of Cork and she used her knowledge of the Little Island course as she dominated the event. Two early birdies on the first and second would have settled her as she continued with a very steady game to maintain and extend her lead. It’s two in a row for North Cork, last years winner in Waterville was Valerie Clancy from Mitchelstown. Second place went to Sara Byrne from Douglas who was one of only three players to break par on the final day. It was a great finish for Byrne who opened with a disappointing 80 in the first round. A second round 75 saw her jump up to 6th place and the one under par 73 today saw the Douglas golfer finish in second place overall.
Sara had a dream start, with three straight birdies from the first hole. Two more birdies followed on the back nine and she played a very tidy game with just four bogies on the card. Byrne also won the De Courcey Trophy and claimed the Munster Under 18 title. Sara was recently selected to represent Ireland in the forthcoming Under 16 international match against Wales. There was disappointment for Mitchelstown’s Siobhan O’Mahony who lost out to Heather Fitzgerald (Limerick) in the final of the Junior championship.