Lyons seeking gradual improvement

Joe Lyons Picture by Pat Cashman

Reigning Irish Senior Men’s Close match play champion Joe Lyons is hopeful that his game can continue to trend in the right direction for a double later this week.

The Galway Golf Club man began the Irish Senior Men’s Close stroke play with a 73, for a +1 total, to keep him well in contention at Powerscourt. Alan Condren (Greystones) leads the way on -6 but there are only six players under par after a tough opening day of action.

Meanwhile, Lisa Cullen (Grange Castle) carded a 73 for -1 to take the early lead in the Irish Senior Women’s Amateur Open also at Powerscourt.


She was the only golfer to finish in the red, with Deirdre Smith (County Louth), Deirdre Walsh (Milltown) and Minna Kaarnnalahti (NGCC) all finishing on level par.

And they are all primed to challenge, as is Lyons who had an eagle on the ninth to thank for a T13 finish on Wednesday afternoon.

“I have a bit of work to do alright. The only thing, I seemed to have started fairly poorly in every event I have played this year,” said Lyons.

“I tend to have a good second round, so hopefully that holds through to tomorrow. It was certainly the case in Strandhill and I improved as the week went on.

“Same with the Europeans in Douglas, so hopefully that will continue for the next couple of days.”

The 2022 Irish Senior Women’s Open winner, Laura Webb (Royal Portrush) shot an impressive 77 for +3. She is one shot clear of European champion Alison Taylor (Malahide) but with plenty of star names dotted throughout the first half of the leaderboard, Webb knows she has to keep pushing hard.

“I didn’t get off to the best start, bogeying the first couple of holes. In fact I was lucky to bogey the second hole I played,” said Webb.

“I felt I was scrambling the whole way around. I’m very pleased with what I finished with, coming in at +3. Wasn’t the best game of golf I felt.

“I have got a bit of a hill to climb but the course is playing nice and if you can get some good shots in at the pins, then hopefully get a few putts to roll in that would be nice too.

“It’s still up for grabs, we’ll see how we go.”


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