Boyd wins in Belfast

Paula Grant secured a healthy top 10 finish and was the leading Irish competitor in the Ladies British Open Strokeplay Championship at Shandon Park in Belfast yesterday.

The Lisburn golfer, who knows the course well, ended with a 72-hole aggregate of 301 — 13 over par.

That gave her a share of eighth place, seven strokes behind surprise winner Sarah-Jane Boyd, the four-times Cornwall champion.

Welsh champion Amy Boulden took over at the top of the leaderboard at lunchtime and was two strokes clear of Boyd with nine holes remaining but had a disastrous last nine with a bogey, double bogey and triple bogey, which allowed the West Country player to triumph by two strokes.

Cork’s Gillian O’Leary was thoroughly disappointed to end with an 84 and both Mary Dowling and Deirdre Smith were well down the field.

Irish scores — 301 P Grant (Lisburn) 76, 73, 75, 77; 311 J O’Driscoll (Muskerry) 78, 77, 78, 78; 312 M Dunne (Skerries) 76, 78, 82, 76; 315 G O’Leary (Cork) 77,79,75,84; 317 M Dowling (New Ross) 76,8174,86, D Smith (County Louth)78, 75, 81, 83; 322 O. Mehaffey (Royal County Down Ladies) 82, 76, 82, 82; 325 L Grant (Lisburn) 72, 83, 82, 88.


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