Donohoe commanding win in Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Golf

Sylvia Donohoe wins Australian Senior Amateur GolfNew South Wales golfer Sylvia Donohoe has won her fifth Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship in convincing fashion at the Ulverstone Golf Club in Tasmania.

After two tough previous matches where she was taken to the 18th hole, Donohoe defeated Liz Smyth from the ACT 4/3.

Donohoe went into the back 9 two up after playing the front nine in even par, including an eagle on the par 5 six hole, after lipping out for albatross.

Donohoe’s finished the 15 holes at 1 over par.

Never one to show much emotion, Donohoe was thrilled with her win and shared the experience with her caddie Pat, and husband Graeme.

After the win she said: “I was focused today and I feel like I am getting better with age! The course was fantastic, you had to place your shots – you couldn’t just belt away”, she said.

Donohoe represented NSW six times in her younger days, but has never won the Australian Amateur Championship or the NSW Amateur Championship.

In the Flight Matches for the respective age divisions, NSW’s Annette Baggie defeated Dorothy Retschlag from Qld 4/2 after qualifying in the number one position in the New Age Flight.

The Veterans Flight was a close encounter between Carmel Smith from Qld and Lyn Hancock from WA, with Smith prevailing in the end 1 up.

In the Super Veterans Flight, Joyce Smith from Victoria had a comfortable win over Wendy Beattie from Qld 6/5. With this being Smith’s 21st year attending the Championship, it will be one she will certainly remember.

Smith adds this victory to her 44 years straight as Club Champion at her home club in Victoria, Mt Alexander.

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(Original Source: Courtesy Golf Australia)

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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