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Thursday, September 18, 2008

German pips Susan Dye at first extra hole

Lorna Bennett just misses out on

place in play-off for Senior

British open amateur title

Germany's Chris Utermarck is the new Senior British women's open amateur golf champion. Chris, a member of the Berlin-Wannsee club and fourth in this year's European senior women's individual championship at Vilamoura, beat English senior title-holder Susan Dye from Delamere Forest at the first hole of a sudden-death play-off after they had tied on 231 at the end of three rounds over a very wet Hilton Templepatrick course near Belfast.
The fact that both play-off participants were 18 over par at the finish underlines how muddy and how difficult the conditions were.
Dye ran up a triple bogey 8 at the third and a double bogey 6 in her last round of 80 which was not good enough to protect her overnight lead.
Utermarck had only one birdie over the three rounds and none at all in her final round.
Scottish seniors match-play champion Lorna Bennett (Ladybank), pictured above by Cal Carson Golf Agency (all rights reserved), finished with a 76 for 232 - one shot away from getting into the play-off.
Lorna had a double bogey 7 at the long third but came back into contention with birdies at the fifth and 14th. But for late bogeys, at the 16th and 18th, she could have been champion. As it was she finished on the same total as Janet Collingham (Sherwood) who was officially placed third and Bennett fourth after a comparison of their third rounds. Janet finished with a 75.
First-round leader Fiona De Vries finished sixth on 235 after closing with an 83 which included double bogeys at the fifth, eighth and 12th and late bogeys at the 15th, 16th and 17th in halves of 43 and 40.
Diane Williams (Canada), winner of the British seniors title in 1994 and 20th overall on 245 this year, was the winner of the 60 to 64 years age group.
Viveca Hoff (Sweden), joint seventh on 237. was the winner of the 55 to 59 years age group.
Jane Rees (Hendon), who finished fifth with 232, won the 50 to 54 years age group.
Holly Horwood from Canada won the prize for the lowest score of the championship - a three-over-par 74 in the final round.