Taylor suffers playoff disappointment at Senior Women’s Open

Carla Reynolds

Alison Taylor (Photo: Pat Cashman)

Alison Taylor just missed out on the 2019 Women’s Senior Amateur Open following a play-off at Royal St. David’s, Wales.
This was the Malahide club member’s inaugural Senior Open Championship, but it didn’t take her long to get in the swing of things as she came close to winning the tournament at the first time of asking. However, it wasn’t to be on this occasion as she was edged out by Lara Tennant (USA) who claimed the title at the 3rd extra hole.
Taylor had set the pace from the off, carding an opening round of five-under par 70 to take the lead by four shots. She followed this up with a solid round of 75 on day two. Despite her lead being halved, this was enough to see her hold a two shot advantage heading into Friday’s final round.
Then, the challenge of Tennant and Sylvie Van Molle (Belgium) emerged. Taylor fought hard, picking up a shot at the 16th, but it was only enough to force a three-way play-off. Tennant then prevailed on the 21st hole to see off Taylor and Van Molle, earning the title by the narrowest of margins.
Defending champion Laura Webb (East Berkshire) also performed well, finishing with a closing round of 76 which was good for 8th place. The remaining Irish interest saw Kate Evans (Frilford Heath) and Sheena McElroy (Grange) finish in 36th and 43rd place respectively, while Mary MacLaren (Wellingborough) and Gertie McMullen (The Island) narrowly missed the cut following the second round.
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