Senior Women’s Stroke Play – Day Two: Euro winner Wooster tails Ducrey

Australia’s Sue Wooster has pledged to stay grounded as she bids to add the English Senior Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play crown to her newly acquired European title.

Wooster took the gold medal at the European Senior Women’s Amateur staged in Estonia last week and is in contention for glory again this week at Coventry Golf Club.

The Midlands is a long way from her home in Melbourne, but the venue appeared to be to the liking of Wooster as she reached the turn in three-under par helped by birdies at the fourth, sixth and seventh holes.

A tougher back nine saw her drop two shots after an errant drive on the 12th and eventually sign for a best-of-the-day level par round of 73 and a two-round total of +4.

That catapulted her into second place on her own three shots behind leader Sophie Ducrey.

Ducrey, from Switzerland (pictured below), followed up an opening day score of 70 with a 77 to fall back to +1, but remains the player to beat with a handy three-shot advantage.

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Wooster has had a tough schedule of golf over the past week and admitted she was looking forward to a good night’s sleep ahead of the final round.

The prospect of silverware will keep the 60-year-old motivated for one more round of golf even if she doesn’t want to get ahead of herself.

“I’m not too excited at the moment – I’m trying not to think about it,” said the Aussie who plays at The National Golf Club back home.

“Maybe the last few holes tomorrow If I play good I might think about it. I’ll try and play the best I can play and see what happens.

“It was absolutely thrilling (to win the European title).

“I hadn’t played a senior event before in Europe and it was a very tough and demanding golf course. I played pretty steady for three rounds and it was an honour to win it.

On her round, she added: “It was contrasting nines.

“I shot three-under on the front nine, hitting every green in regulation and I holed three nice putts.

“Then I parred 10 and 11 and then came a bit undone on 12 – it’s a tight driving hole where you have to thread the needle and pulled my three-wood into the tree and had to chip it out.”

With husband Keith on the bag, Wooster admitted they work well as a team – for the most part!

“95% of the time he’s a help – that’s all I’ll say!” added Wooster.

With the heat a factor on day two of this event and the temperatures set to rise for the concluding round, it may well prove to be a survival of the fittest as well as the most talented golfer.

There are plenty of players who will feel that Ducrey can still be reeled in when the pressure turns up a notch.

Waterlooville’s Kerry Smith is in third place after rounds of 77 and 74 took her to +5.

Two former champions are also lurking with intent.

Bishops Stortford’s Jackie Foster followed a 74 with a 78 for a tally of +6 and Helen Lowe is a shot further back.

Joining Lowe on +7 is current English Women’s Amateur champion Cath Rawthore and Broadstone’s Jane Southcombe.

In the handicap section of the championship played over 36 holes, Reading’s Pat Bennett took the honours with nett rounds of 69 and 71 off a playing handicap of 16.

 

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