Arenas wins Irish Senior Women’s Open
Beatriz Arenas (Guatemala) winner of the 2018 Irish Seniors Women's Open Strokeplay Championship trophy and the best over 60's (Roma English Trophy) at Grange Golf Club. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Beatriz Arenas (Guatemala) winner of the 2018 Irish Seniors Women's Open Strokeplay Championship trophy and the best over 60's (Roma English Trophy) at Grange Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Age is just a number for Guatemala’s Beatriz Arenas, and she proved it in Dublin on Friday when she won the Irish Senior Women’s Amateur Open Strokeplay title at the age of 70.

A 12-time participant in the Espirito Santo Trophy, she shot three successive, eight over 82s at Grange Golf Club to win by two strokes on 24-over par from Grange’s Sheena McElroy, The Island’s Gertie McMullen and American Gigi Higgins.

Arenas explained the secret of her success during the recent World Amateur Team Championships at Carton House.

She said: “I am 70 years of age. I don't take liquor, and I never get on top of a car (buggy) playing golf. Never. I walk and walk. Even if I am tired, I still walk. 

"What I really think it's to be positive in life. Be happy with what life gives you. That makes you strong. I take a lot of vitamins, and I do yoga and cross fit. I don't run. No running. Not even when I was 15, I didn't run.

"To be positive and always think that you can do the things."
[Beatriz (70) wins Irish Senior Women’s Open]

Guatemala’s Beatriz Arenas shot a third successive 82 to win the Irish Senior Women’s Open Stroke Play by two shots at Grange.

The 70-year-old won by two strokes on 24-over par from Grange’s Sheena McElroy, The Island’s Gertie McMullen and American Gigi Higgins.

Irish Senior Women’s Open Stroke Play, Grange GC (Par 74)

Detailed scores

246 B Arenas (Guatemala) 82 82 82;

248 S McElroy (Grange) 83 83 82; G McMullen (The Island) 81 89 78; G Higgins (USA) 81 85 82;

249 C Wickham (Laytown & Bettystown) 81 88 80;

250 T Samuel (Can) 80 87 83;

251 H Jones (Royal Portrush) 85 85 81;

253 K Evans (RCDL) 86 86 81;

255 L Culver (USA) 87 81 87; M MacLaren (Wellingborough) 81 87 87;

256 S Corcoran (Portumna) 85 87 84; L Owens (Malahide) 80 89 87; S Bland (RSA) 78 92 86;

258 P Doran (Donabate) 88 84 86;

259 M McEvoy (Bangor) 87 86 86;

260 S Jackson (USA) 92 89 79; M Kaarnalahti (Fin) 87 85 88;

262 L Henry (USA) 92 85 85; K Billingsley (USA) 81 91 90;

263 C Reilly (The Heath) 94 83 86;

265 S Podolsky (USA) 92 85 88; S Arnold (Eng) 92 83 90;

266 G Butler (Birr) 93 88 85; M Sudway (Old Conna) 91 85 90; V Cotter (Old Conna) 88 90 88;

267 C Dettori (Ita) 89 89 89;

268 A Coduti (Ita) 88 87 93;

269 M Madden (Ballinasloe) 89 90 90;

271 R Maguire (Corrstown) 93 87 91;

272 M Campion (Killarney) 92 94 86; P Murray (Naas) 88 95 89;

275 N Beck (USA) 91 90 94;

276 M Skog (Fin) 86 95 95;

278 V Shannon (Lahinch) 92 97 89; P Williamson (Sco) 91 94 93;

280 F Corbett (Castletroy) 93 94 93;

284 K Pollard (Eng) 100 92 92; A Pavesi (Ita) 92 100 92;

287 M Gotfredson (USA) 96 93 98;

RTD A DeBurca (Eng) 87 88; P Walsh (Headford) 81 94; M Henderson (Royal Belfast) 95 86.