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Play-off triumph for Utermarck

By Peter Hutcheon

For the second ladies championship in a row at Hilton Templepatrick a play-off was required to settle the Senor Ladies British Amateur Championship, with Germany’s Chris Utermarck defeating England’s Susan Dye.

Thankfully, it wasn’t as lengthy as the eight-hole marathon in the Antrim gloom which was needed to decide the Northern Ireland Ladies Open last year.

This time out the German triumphed at the first time of asking.

She had shot a closing round of 76 to force the play-off against Dye, who had held a one-shot lead overnight but shot a final round 80.

Utermarck made a par four in the single play-off hole, one better than her rival.

Janet Collingham from Sherwood Forest was third, finishing one shot outside the play-off places on 19 over for the three rounds.

Strabane’s Helen Jones was the highest local finisher in 17th place after finishing with steady rounds rounds of 81, 81 and 80.

Marilyn Henderson from Castlerock was two place further back after a closing round of 85.

Belvoir Park’s Violet McBride finished in 27th, also after a final round 85.

Grange golfer Sheena O’Brien Kenny was the leading Irishwoman in ninth place.

Meawhile, holders Warrenpoint are one step closer to defending the Pierce Purcell Shield after their defeat of Royal Tara on day two of the Bulmers sponsored All Ireland Cups and Shields at Monkstown Golf Club.

The top pairing of Seamus Sands and Damian Flanagan, who played a pivotal role in last year’s win, overcame Royal Tara’s Michael Burke and Pat Martin by a comprehensive margin of 6/4.

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