Friday 22 September 2017

O'Sullivan (14) off to solid start

Fourteen-year-old American-Irish whizz-kid Hannah O'Sullivan shot a four-over-par 76 in the opening round of the USA Professional Ladies Open at the Black Run course in Kohler, Wisconsin, yesterday.

She is the third youngest competitor in the 67-year history of the event, and she got off to a great start with a birdie at the second. But a double-bogey, five bogeys and three more birdies gave her a total of 76.

O'Sullivan's grandmother, the former Ina Nunan from Ballyrobbin, Tipperary, lives in San Francisco and her late grandfather was John L O'Sullivan from Mount Fox, Kilmallock.

Cheyenne Woods, a niece of Tiger, shot a 75, one more than last year's winner, So Yeun Ryu from South Korea.

More joy for Portrush as Jones secures title

Helen Jones yesterday completed a hat-trick of Major successes for members of Royal Portrush when she lifted the Irish Senior Women's Amateur title to add to the British triumphs of Alan Dunbar and Stephanie Meadow, WRITES CHRIS SMART.

The 53-year-old hails from Strabane but has been a Portrush member for a quarter of a century.

Having required three extra holes to dispose of fellow international Pat Doran in the semi-finals, Jones overcame Belvoir Park's Violet McBride 4&2 in the decider at Bunclody.

She established an early two-hole advantage and was still two in front with four to play following a succession of halves.

McBride, who earlier defeated Suzanne Corcoran at the 19th, went into the water at the 15th; Jones then closed out the match at the 16th with a well-executed par.

Delighted two-handicapper Jones, the 2010 Irish Open stroke-play champion, said afterwards: "I feel that seniors golf has given me a new lease of life."

Fog plays havoc with Clandeboye action

A thick sea fog blowing in off the Irish Sea forced the cancellation of the second round of the Irish Senior Men's Championship at Clandeboye yesterday and caused the event to be cut from 54 to 36 holes.

At first, torrential rain threatened to prevent play but the groundstaff worked hard to get the course into shape and just as the round was about to start the sea fog returned making any action impossible.

With more adverse conditions forecast today, it was decided to make the cut based on first-round scores. Former amateur champion and defending seniors champion Garth McGimpsey has a one-stroke lead over Birr's Billy Donlon.

Irish Independent

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