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Cairndhu's Laura Webb drives to Women's Senior Open Golf Championship title

Tony McGee

Cairndhu honorary member Laura Webb overcame a strong international field, at Crail, to win the Women's Senior Open Championship for a second time in three years, having won the title, also, at Caldy in the North-West of England two years ago.

Webb led by three shots after an opening round course record 67.

After the second round was postponed because of Storm Ali, East Berkshire-based Doctor Webb coasted to an impressive nine shots victory over England's Catherine Rawthore, following a closing round of 73 over the Craighead course.

The winner dropped shots at the second, third and seventh holes but hit back with a birdie at the long eighth, a hole she had eagled in round one. On the back nine she started with back-to-back bogeys but then stormed home with birdies at the 12th, 13th and 15th.

She also made a number of vital par saves during the round which were key to her runaway victory.

Webb, who has won the Irish girls', ladies' and senior titles and has also played for Ireland at all three levels, finished on four-under-par 140.

“It was really tough going out there today. Putting was particularly difficult. It may seem that I had a comfortable lead but you can never be too far ahead in these conditions. I am really delighted to win again and will, hopefully, be back to defend at Royal St David's,”

she promised.

Rawthore was runner-up on 149 with four players sharing third spot one shot back - Canada's Terrill Samuel, English players Helen Lowe and Jackie Foster and Guatemalan Beatriz Arenas.

Having matched her age of 70 in the first round, Arenas followed up with an 80. It has been a remarkable few weeks for veteran Arenas. She represented her country in the Espirito Santo Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championships, at Carton House, and last week she won the Irish Senior Women's Open Championship, at Grange.

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