15 Jul 2023 | Amateur golf |
Gole takes second in R&A Senior Women's Amateur
by Golf Australia
Australian Nadene Gole claimed runner-up honours at the R&A Senior Women's Amateur Championship following a final-round duel with eventual winner Jackie Foster at Woodhall Spa in England.
Trying to become the first Australian to win the title, Gole made a spectacular start to the last day, holing her six-iron second shot for eagle at the opening hole to wipe out the two-shot deficit she carried after the third round.
The Victorian took the lead early in the front nine but Foster wasn't to be denied, with her steadier play on the back nine eventually leading to a two-shot win after both players recorded rounds of 3-over 76.
Gole shared second with England's Emma Brown who closed with a 73, while Australia's Sue Wooster dropped to a share of seventh after a final round of 83.
New Zealand's Brent Paterson won the senior men's title
+6 Jackie Foster (England)
+8 Nadene Gole (Aus); Emma Brown (England)
+12 Pam Kuong (USA)
+15 Sophie Ducrey (Switzerland); Kerry Smith (Ire)
Nadene Gole took over as the leading Australian at the R&A Senior Women's Amateur Championship in England today but compatriot Sue Wooster also remains well in the hunt for the title entering the final round.
The Australians sit second and third after 54 holes at Woodhall Spa, trailing only two-time English Senior Amateur champion Jackie Foster who shot a third round of 1-under 72 to take the lead heading into the final 18 holes.
Gole returned a 75 while overnight leader Wooster signed for a 77 after her only birdie of the day came on the 18th.
Gole is two shots off the lead, while Wooster is three behind as they try to become the first Australian to win the R&A Senior Women's Amateur title.
Three-time Curtis Cup player and 1994 Women’s Amateur champion Emma Brown is in fourth place, five shots off the pace after a 4-under 69, the low round of the week.
Foster and Gole will play in the final group, teeing off at 8.51pm (AEST time) tonight, 18 minutes behind Wooster and Brown.
While the two Aussies are far from home, Foster, who is a retired policewoman, is in very familar surroundings as a country member of Woodhall Spa.
“Being a member has some advantage on the greens, but we’re playing different tees so it’s not always a huge advantage," she said.
"I’ve been a country member for five years and I usually play it in the winter so not always in these types of conditions.
“I’ve just not tried to put pressure on myself, which can happen being a member.”
Leaderboard (after 54 holes)
+3: Jackie Foster (England)
+5: Nadene Gole (Aus)
+6: Sue Wooster (Aus)
+8: Emma Brown (Eng)
+9: Jayne Pardus (USA)
+10: Pam Kuong (USA)
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