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Awesome Hannah Burke wins Irish strokeplay by five shots
5th June 2010

Hannah Burke
Hannah Burke -(photo Leaderboard Photography & EGWA

England  international Hannah Burke (pictured) has won the 2010 Irish women's open strokeplay championship by five strokes - a year after she lost a marathon play-off for the title on the seventh extra hole.

"It's awesome," said Hannah, from Mid-Herts, who had a final round 71 at Newlands, Dublin, to finish on five-under par for the 54-hole event - and five shots clear of Australia's Justine Lee.

"I think I've been due a win for a while. I finished second here last year, then I was second in the English strokeplay and I've spent my last year at Baylor University, Texas, and finished second a couple of times there. Now I've managed to win!"  

The 22-year-old held or shared the lead throughout the tournament and started the final round three shots clear of the field.

She was two-under for the first six holes of the third round, despite the teeming Irish rain which delayed her tee-off time by 90 minutes. So heavy were the showers that play was suspended on two separate occasions while greenkeepers worked tirelessly to clear the flooding greens.

Hannah got to the turn four strokes ahead of the field and was never going to be caught after she birdied 15, 17 and 18.

"I played extremely well in the conditions today," said Hannah. "It rained the whole day, apart from the last 45 minutes, and we had a couple of stops while they squeegeed the greens. We had about a six or seven hour round, on and off the golf course. But it was a great experience for me - it was brilliant."

Hannah will play a full summer of English and British events before returning to Baylor to complete her degree. Then, later in the year, she's hoping to win her place on the US Duramed Futures Tour.

Final scores
Par 219  (3x 73) CSS 76 75 77

214 Hannah Burke (Mid-Herts) 71 72 71
219 Justine Lee (AUS) 77 71 71
221 Tara Davies (WAL) 74 73 74
222 Ashley Ona (AUS) 74 75 73
224 Julie Yang (KOR) 73 74 77 Stacey Keating (AUS) 71 75 78
226 Nicola Roessler (GER) 77 75 74 Jessica Speechley (AUS) 77 73 76 Leigh Whittaker (GER) 76 72 78
227 Nikki Foster (Pleasington) 75 71 81
228 Monique Smit (RSA) 77 73 78
229 Megan Briggs (SCO) 77 75 77 Charlotte Ellis (Minchinhampton) 76 77 76 Charlotte Wild (Mere) 75 78 76 Amy Boulden (WAL) 75 76 78
230 Lauren Mackin (ESP) 72 77 81
231 Hermione Fitzgerald (Royal Worlington) 80 77 74
232 Mary Dowling (IRE) 78 76 78 Louise Kenney (SCO) 75 78 79
233 Paula Grant (IRE) 83 72 78 Charlie Douglass (Brocket Hall) 77 81 75 Deirdre Smith (IRE) 74 79 80
234 Roseanne Niven (SCO) 80 76 78 Laura Murray (SCO) 77 78 79
235 Katherine O'Connor (WAL) 78 79 78 Sinead O'Sullivan (IRE) 77 76 82 Gemma Bradbury (WAL) 72 80 83
236 Emma Sheffield (Newark) 81 74 81 Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) 75 78 83
239 Sue Phillips (IRE) 83 80 76 Karen Delaney (IRE) 79 80 80 Amy Farrell (IRE) 76 81 82
241 Gillian O'Leary (IRE) 75 82 84
242 Louise Coffey (IRE) 87 76 79 Anna Carling (WAL) 82 77 83
243 Claire Hargan (SCO) 80 83 80 Karen O'Neill (IRE) 79 80 84
244 Maura Diamond (IRE) 82 77 85
247 Charlene Reid (IRE) 76 81 90
248 Suzy Hayes (IRE) 84 77 87
250 Louise Mernagh (IRE) 82 80 88
253 Fiona Briggs (Astonwood) 80 83 90
NR Agnes Doherty (IRE) 83 79 NR









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