Webb looks to go back-to-back

Ronan MacNamara

Laura Webb is excited to take on Powerscourt this week. Photo: Fran Caffrey / Golffile.

Reigning champion Laura Webb is excited about the opportunity to defend her Irish Senior Women’s Open title at Powerscourt this week.

The tournament gets underway this morning (WED) at the Wicklow venue with the Senior/Veterans Men’s Close Championship also teeing it up.

The Royal Portrush golfer dominated this event last year and went on to take the victory with a seven-shot margin ahead of Maria O’Reilly (Headfort) at Malone. O’Reilly will look to challenge again as will last year’s third-placed finisher, Shirley Real (Castletroy).


There will be plenty of other contenders too, not least from Webb’s group today, with European Senior Champion, Alison Taylor (Malahide) and Lisa Cullen (Grange Castle), who finished T4 last year.

It is another really competitive field but Webb is focusing on her own game and she knows there is another massive prize on offer.

“To be defending a title is always a good thing, its lovely to be down here at Powerscourt and I’m looking forward to getting to know the course,” said Webb.

“It would be fabulous to win it again. I’m not sure that I have done that before in any of this sort of standard of event so it would be absolutely brilliant to get the title again, it’s always something to look forward to and aspire to.

“The year has been probably mixed. I’ve played some good stuff; I’ve played some pretty bad stuff but overall, I’m pretty happy with a lot of the results I’ve had.

“You know there’s still a long way to go really so looking forward to the week and the rest of the season.”

It will be a busy schedule at Powerscourt today with 150 golfers teeing off throughout the course of the day.

Shane Underwood (County Sligo), Mark Clifford (Lucan) and Roy Connolly (European) get proceedings underway at 8.30am with Webb’s group not teeing off at 1.25pm.

And despite her vast experience, she only got her first opportunity to play at Powerscourt in the practice day yesterday and she is looking forward to the challenge that will present.

“No, this is my first time down here so I got a good look at it yesterday afternoon and we will go from there, sometimes it’s a good thing not to know courses too well,” said Webb.

“I mean I don’t know what to expect so I’ll go out there and just try and hit the best shots I can, and we will see where we go.”

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