Portumna’s Suzanne Corcoran was the source of inspiration once more as she carded an opening one-over par 73 to share the lead on day one of the European Senior Women’s Team Championship at BlackSeaRama in Bulgaria.
Corcoran, who put her wealth of experience to use to claim an unprecedented third straight Irish Seniors Close title at Naas Golf Club this summer, carded one birdie and two bogeys in a steady round that sees her form part of a four-way tie for the lead heading into day two.
Malahide’s Alison Taylor and The Island’s Gertie McMullen are three shots further back after the pair posted four-over par 76’s to share ninth overnight. East Berkshire’s Laura Webb endured a rare off day as she signed for a 78 while Ballybunion’s Margaret McAuliffe was next best of the Irish after returning an 80.
With Headfort’s Mary O’Reilly’s struggling 88 binned, Ireland’s five counting scores saw the team bank a tally of 383, a +23 total that pits them just three strokes back from leaders England in outright second place.
Ireland Team – 3rd – 7th September 2019
Corcoran, Suzanne (Portumna)
McAuliffe, Margaret (Ballybunion)
McMullen, Gertie (The Island)
O’Reilly, Maria (Headfort)
Taylor, Alison (Malahide)
McAuliffe, Margaret (Ballybunnion)
Webb, Laura (Easy Berkshire)
Captain: Valerie Hassett (Ennis & Lahinch)