Paula Walsh doubles up in Munster

Ronan MacNamara

Paula Walsh (Doneraile GC) wins the final round of the Munster Over 18 Women Senior Amateur Open Championship, played at Monkstown Golf Club, Cork, Munster, Ireland. 06/04/2023. Picture: David Lloyd | Golffile.

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Doneraile golfer Paula Walsh claimed her second Munster Women’s Senior Amateur Open Championship after a thrilling victory in Monkstown.

Walsh shot -1 to hold off the challenge of Lisa Cullen, Aideen Walsh and Lauren Kelly who all finished just one stroke behind.

The Corkonian, who also won this title in 2017, was level par for her front nine and despite birding the 11th she dropped back to level again before the crucial birdie on the last.

This victory is also a huge early season boost for Walsh’s claims in the Bridgestone Order of Merit. Knock’s Katie Poots took home that crown last year while today’s Munster champion finished down in 59th position.

But after shooting 71 and securing the silverware in Monkstown, Walsh is excited about what lies ahead for the rest of 2023.

“I’m delighted to win. It’s a great win and my second time winning the Munster Championship,” said Walsh.

“It’s good to get off started in the Order of Merit, the first championship, and I’m looking forward to playing in the rest of them.”

Elsewhere, Monkstown had their own winner in the Munster Women’s Junior Amateur Open Championship where Una Hegarty defeated Ballybunion’s Noirin Hitchin after a playoff.

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