Doneraile’s Paula Walsh claimed her second Munster Women’s Senior Amateur Open Championship after a thrilling playoff win in Monkstown. Walsh shot a 69 in the 18 hole event to hold off the challenge of Lisa Cullen, Aideen Walsh and Lauren Kelly who all finished just one stroke behind.
The Corkonian, who also won this title in 2017, was level par for her front nine and despite birding the 11th she dropped back to level again before the crucial birdie on the last. This victory is also a huge early season boost for Walsh’s claims in the Bridgestone Order of Merit. After securing the silverware in Monkstown, Walsh is excited about what lies ahead for the rest of 2023. “I’m delighted to win. It’s a great win and my second time winning the Munster Championship,” said Walsh. “It’s good to get off started in the
Order of Merit, the first championship, and I’m looking forward to playing in the rest of them.”
There was great excitement when Monkstown golfer Una Hegarty won the Munster Junior title. Hegarty lead by one shot after the opening round but Ballybunion’s Noirin Hitchin tied Hegarty for the lead after the second round. A sudden death play-off followed and it wasn’t until the 21st that the Monkstown golfer secured the win.
The West of Ireland took place over the weekend, marking the start of the Golf Ireland Championship season. There was a strong Cork presence, boosted by three golfers who made it through. David Howard, Charlie Flavin and Sean Deasy all made it through to the championship. Howard was one of seven Cork golfers to make it through the final Strokeplay round but unfortunately nobody made it into the top 16 to get to the matchplay stage. The next championship on the schedule is the Munster Mens Amateur Open which takes place over the May weekend. It will mark the 100 anniversary of the launch of the Cork Scratch Cup.