Donabate’s Pat Doran was forced to settle for second best for the second year running when she lost out at the second tie-hole in the British Senior Women’s Strokeplay at Hunstanton.
The Irish star birdied five of her last 10 holes to close with a 74 and force a sudden death play-off with Royal Ashdown Forest’s Katherine Russell.
However it was 51-year old championship debutant Russell who won with a conceded par four at the 18th after both players had bogeyed the first extra hole.
Royal Portrush’s Helen Jones had started the day one behind Spanish leader Rocio Ruiz de Velasco but slipped back to the pack after a disappointing 81.
Grange’s Sheena McElroy (Grange) fired a second successive level par 75 to finish joint fourth while Ireland’s only other qualifier for the final round, Wellingborough’s Mary Maclaren, signed for 92.
Next year’s championship will be played at Royal Portrush in Co. Antrim.