A DELAMERE Forest Club member has won the English Women’s Senior Championship for the second time.
Sue Dye, from Cotebrook, beat Janet Melville 4/2 in the final to reclaim the title she first lifted in 2008.
“It’s great and rather sweet because I didn’t have a good year last year,” said Dye.
The Cheshire county player’s victory was made the more remarkable by the fact she did not play though the winter months.
With only one full round of golf under her belt, Dye had low expectations on her way to York Golf Club.
She started the championship with an 80 in the first round of qualifying and steadily improved as the week progressed.
Although she was not entirely satisfied with her putting in the early stages, her touch on the green got better and better and in her semi-final against Surrey’s Roz Adams she holed some crucial putts.
“That gave me confidence,” said Dye.
The final started with advantage to Nottinghamshire’s Melville, who was one-under-par after three and two-up.
But Dye won the fourth to reduce the deficit and pulled off a couple of fighting halves before stroking in a downhill birdie putt on the short seventh to get back to all square.
With momentum on her side, Dye secured the title with consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th, the first from 20ft and the clincher a 60ft monster.