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More heartache for Doran in British Seniors

Donabate's Pat Doran had to settle for runner-up spot in the British Senior Women's Championship at Hunstanton for the second successive year yesterday.

The Irish international lost by a stroke to Felicity Johnson 12 months ago, but the defeat was all the more agonising this time around as she went down in a play-off to Royal Ashdown Forest's Katherine Russell, who was making her debut in the event at 51.

The pair were tied after the 54 holes on nine-over-par with Doran having completed the back nine in 33, the lowest nine-hole score of the week after firing four birdies in six holes from the 11th.

But in sudden-death the pair halved the first hole and then on the second play-off hole, the 18th, Russell fired her approach to within six feet of the flag, as Doran found a difficult lie in thick grass and couldn't match her opponent.

Finland's Minna Kaarnalahti, who retained the Irish Open title last week, finished just a stroke behind Russell and Doran, with Sheena McElroy of the Grange Club a further stroke back after a 75.

Irish close champion Helen Jones hit two double bogeys in an 81 to finish in joint-eighth position.

Irish Independent