Portumna’s Suzanne Corcoran, Donabate’s Pat Doran and Ballybunion’s Margaret McAuliffe share the lead after the opening round of the Irish Senior Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship at Arklow.
They fired three over 75s to lead by one from Grange’s Sheena McElroy and Canada’s Alison Murdoch.
Three members of the victorious Irish Senior Women’s European Team are in action but while it was a good day for Corcoran and McElroy, Irish Senior Close champion Gertie McMullen shot 80 to share ninth spot on eight over alongside former winner Minna Kaarnalahti from Finland.
The Irish in the field will be keen to impress the selectors ahead of the announcement of the team to play the Senior Home International Matches at Alyth in Scotland from September 27-29.
Irish Senior Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship, Arklow (Par 72)
75 Pat Doran (Donabate), Margaret McAuliffe (Ballybunion), Suzanne Corcoran (Portumna)
76 Sheena McElroy (Grange), Alison Murdoch (Canada)
77 Pauline Walsh (Headfort)
79 Niamh Giblin (Dun Laoghaire), Sonja Bland (South Africa)
80 Minna Kaarnalahti (Finland), Mary Dowling (Mallow), Gertie McMullen (Island)
81 Lesley Olive Henry (USA), Susan Gilmore (Ballybunion)
82 Irene Brien (England), Maria O'reilly (Headfort), Vivienne Houston (City of Derry), Anne Ferguson (Royal Co. Down Ladies), Marie Sudway (Old Conna)
83 Valerie Shannon (Lahinch), Marilyn Henderson (Royal Belfast), Geraldine Williams (Ballybunion)
84 Catherine Reilly (The Heath), Margaret Campion (Killarney)
85 Nellie Ivory (Arklow), Honoria Fogarty (Castlecomer), Diane Williams (Canada), Ruth Maguire (Corrstown)
86 Becky Neal (USA), Melissa Gotfredson (USA), Margaret Worrall (Charlesland), Vonny Kelly (Powerscourt), Pamela Williamson (Scotland)
87 Clodagh Hopkins (Woodbrook), Ada Vrolijk (Netherlands), Siobhan O'Herlihy (Muskerry)
88 Mai Tan (Dun Laoghaire), Pauline Darcy (Arklow)
89 Judy Collins (Canada), Mary MacLaren (Royal Portrush), Aingeal DeBurca (England), Rose Merriman (Clane)
90 Manja Reef (Netherlands), Paula Murray (Naas), Marion Kennedy Hogan (Ballybunion)
91 Mary O'Donoghue (Ballybunion)
92 Valerie Hassett (Ennis), Cornelia Fischer (Germany), Mairead Cronin (Stackstown), Margaret Furlong (Castlecomer), Linda Ward (Canada)
93 Ruth Farrell (Woodbrook), Michelle Dempsey (Charlesland)
94 Patirica Nolan (Arklow), Anne Marie Carroll (Ballybunion)
96 Marijn Ferguson (Netherlands), Marita Byrne (Bunclody)
99 Sheila Crosbie (Rosslare)