Posted: 2 weeks ago

Two titles in five days for Annabel Wilson with Ulster Over 18 Women’s Senior Championship her latest success

Annabel Wilson with her latest trophy at Malone

IN-FORM Annabel Wilson has claimed her second title in five days, adding the Ulster Over 18 Women’s Senior Championship at Malone to her Ulster Stroke Play victory at Clandeboye.

Annabel, from Lurgan and representing Castlerock GC, triumphed at Malone by a single stroke.

Forty players teed it up at the South Belfast course with both the Senior and Junior titles on the line.

And following on from her comfortable nine-shot winning margin last week, Annabel continued her fine form throughout Sunday carding a -4 round of 69. Six birdies helped her to a narrow victory over Jessica Ross (Clandeboye).

“It’s interesting having two tournaments in the same week. I just managed to play solid golf throughout the whole week and carried it on today so, overall, I am delighted I was able to win twice,” said Annabel.

The Ulster Champion began her day with a mixed front nine, carding three birdies and two bogeys, but it was on the back nine where Annabel really shone. She battled with Ross all the way and came home with three birdies across her final four holes to claim the title by the narrowest of margins.

“My mindset coming into the last six holes was I need at least two birdies coming in here and I managed to get three, and I actually needed three,” Annabel added.

“Jess (Ross) was playing lovely. She finished birdie, birdie so it was nice to keep pushing when I needed to and whenever I was given an opportunity at birdie, I was able to capitalise on it so, yes, I am delighted with how I finished.”

Off the back of her two wins, Annabel is is hoping her form can continue to trend upwards as the season progresses.

“Good form at a good time,” she reasoned. “I am always learning as well in these weeks so just add that into the next couple of weeks that are important for me. I want to keep doing what I’m doing and see how it goes.”

Sylvie Kenneally claimed the junior prize with a round of 88 enough to give the Kinsale golfer 22 stableford points and a three-point victory over Teresa Meaney (Castlerea).

The long trip north for a preparatory round on Saturday paid dividends in the end for Kenneally.

“I came up last night, had a practice round. It’s not a course you could play without practice. The tees can be very scary. It’s playable but you do need to know it so glad I came up yesterday,” said Kenneally.

“Really lovely course. I’ll definitely be back to this course in particular. Probably be back for the Ulster as well but just the course was magnificent, in great condition.”