“It’s just wonderful,” said the 51-year-old from Delamere Forest, who was runner-up in this event last year.
This time she led from start to finish and scored 73 in both rounds for a four-under par total.
“I had a game plan to take it hole by hole, stroke by stroke,” said Sue. It worked, because she could find only two faults with her second round play: an over-bold putt on the third and a missed putt from 18 inches on the 11th.
Her response was to re-engage her concentration and she finished her round with an impressive display of straight hitting and super-accurate pitching which set up birdies on two of the last three holes.
“I said to myself that if anyone beat me they would be welcome to the trophy because I’d played as well as I could. I am so chuffed that I kept it together,” said Sue, who is the reigning Northern Vets champion.
Her closest challenger was Ruth Lindley from Hartlepool in Durham who also scored 73 in the second round and finished on one-over par.
Ruth, the Durham vets champion, said: “I just tried to take it one shot at a time and to make a nice swing.” Her approach worked as she hit fairways and greens to set up five birdies. “It’s certainly the best round I’ve had this year,” she added.
Rozalyn Adams (Addington Court) was third with rounds of 77, 78; two shots clear of Barbara Laird (Sandiway) 75, 82. The 2006 champion Geraldine Bray (Littlestone) finished fifth 78, 80.
The championship’s Division B was won Gill Snelson (left), the ladies’ captain of Branston Golf Club in Staffordshire, thanks to the best round of her life. Her level par 75 improved on her first round score by 10 shots and gave her a three-stroke victory. The runner-up was Pat Bennett of Reading.
Gill’s success had seemed unlikely because as she had been up all night suffering from a tummy bug. But she turned misfortune to her advantage by whiling away the small hours reading a golf magazine and absorbing swing advice from Annika Sorenstam.
The result was a round which included three birdies, her biggest-ever win and a sought-after handicap reduction from seven to five. “It’s absolutely fantastic,” said Gill, who has previously played county hockey, netball, tennis and squash.
The Christine Wills Trophy for the over 65 age group was won by Anne Biggs of Tyneside, Durham. She scored 79, 81 and shared eighth place overall.
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