Suzanne Corcoran says a long awaited victory in the Connacht Women’s O18 Senior Open Championship will set her up nicely for a tilt at European glory later this month.
The Portumna golfer carded a 72 to finish on level par and secure the win at Loughrea, as she ramps up her preparations for the European Senior Women’s Championships in Douglas on 15 June.
Shannon Burke (Ballinrobe) and Clodagh Coughlan (Douglas) both shot +1 but it was the local golfer who came out on top in a thrilling finish in the sun.
“There is lots of golf still to be played this season but to win today was really great because it sets me up,” said Corcoran.
“It was a real confidence boost to play so well today. I’m playing in the Europeans in Douglas in a fortnight’s time and this is really good. I feel more confident going into that tournament now.
“It was my first time to win it, I was a runner-up many many years ago and I really would have thought at this stage that my chances of winning it were gone because there were really really good players in the field today. So it was a real thrill to come out on top.”
Meanwhile, Louise Butler (Gort) claimed the Connacht Women’s O18 Junior Open Championship with a +11 round of 83.
The Shannon native, who has only returned to golf in recent years, held off the challenge of Tanya Whtye (Loughrea) for an impressive five-shot win.
“Today was a great experience. I played with a girl who was phenomenal, a plus handicapper, so that was a lovely experience,” said Butler.
“It feels great to win, really good. Really enjoyed playing today, lovely weather. I had a nice round, so good.
“It was the last thing I thought would happen this morning but I loved it, the greens were great, some really tricky holes but really good conditions. Really enjoyable to play, I think it suited me a little bit as well.
“I’m going to try and get the handicap down a little bit this summer. That was my 20th card so I have a full handicap now and then look at playing some teams and stuff more next year.”