Date: July 02, 2007

Amateur Update – Keating claims Irish Stroke Play

Australian Stacey Keating has won the Irish Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship by one stroke over a group of four players including compatriot Bree Arthur. The Victorian shot final rounds of 72 and 73 to edge out her rivals after opening with a disappointing 80 three days ago. Poor weather made scoring extremely tough but Keating&aposs three-over was enough to clinch her first international title. Australian scores from the Irish Stroke Play Championship 225: Stacey Keating 80 72 73 226: Bree Arthur 74 77 75 228: Clare Choi 79 77 72, Emma Bennett 74 75 79 232: Rebecca Flood 76 77 79 236: Kate Combes 83 74 79 In the United States, Jamie Arnold was the best of the Aussies at the Dogwood Invitational finishing at even-par but still well back in the field. Ray Beaufils was a further stroke back and Richie Gallichan finished at five-over the card, rounding out the only Australians to play all four rounds. Next up for the boys is the Rice Planters tournament at Snee Farm Country Club, South Carolina July 4-7.