Date: November 03, 2008

Fabulous five for Sylvia

New South Wales&apos Sylvia Donohoe took out her fifth Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Ulverstone Golf Club in emphatic style today. After two tough previous matches where she was taken to the 18th hole, Donohoe defeated Liz Smyth from the ACT. Donohoe went into the back 9 two up after playing the front nine in even par, including an eagle on the par 5 six hole, after lipping out for albatross. Donohoe s experience prevailed in the end to win 4/3 where she finished the 15 holes at 1 over par. Never one to show much emotion, Donohoe was thrilled with her win and shared the experience with her caddie Pat, and husband Graeme. After the win she said I was focused today and I feel like I am getting better with age! The course was fantastic, you had to place your shots you couldn’t just belt away , she said. Donohoe represented NSW six times in her younger days, however has never won the Australian Amateur Championship or the NSW Amateur Championship. In the Flight Matches for the respective age divisions, NSW s Annette Baggie defeated Dorothy Retschlag from Qld 4/2 after qualifying in the number one position in the New Age Flight. The Veterans Flight was a close encounter between Carmel Smith from Qld and Lyn Hancock from WA, with Smith prevailing in the end 1 up. In the Super Veterans Flight, Joyce Smith from Victoria had a comfortable win over Wendy Beattie from Qld 6/5. With this being Smith s 21st year attending the Championship, it will be one she will certainly remember. Smith adds this victory to her 44 years straight as Club Champion at her home club in Victoria, Mt Alexander. Golf Australia extends a sincere thanks to the Board and staff of Ulverstone Golf Club, Golf Tasmania, and all of the volunteers who assisted during the week. Click here to see the final draw and results