Clancy & Thompson in Top Ten at Lahinch

Valerie Clancy

Valerie Clancy

Six of the nine Cork golfers in the Women’s Close have made it through to the matchplay stage which starts tomorrow morning.  Mitchelstown’s Valerie Clancy finished the 36 hole stroke play qualifier in 8th place.  A one under par 73 in he second round saw he jump up the leaderboard.  Cork’s Rachel Thompson recorded a 75/76 to also finish on +3.

Kanturk’s Mairead Martin was the third Cork golfer to finish on +3.  Paula Walsh (Doneraile) finished in 16th place and Sara Byrne and Gillian O’Leary (now representing The Island) also made the cut to get into the matchplay.  Lahinch’s Sinead Sexton led the way with a -4 total, three strokes better than second placed Chloe Ryan.  Olivia Mehaffey, Maria Dunne and Mary Doyle are all safely through to the next round.


The top 32 now face off tomorrow which starts at 9am.

Irish Close Championship – Match Play R1 – 13/05/16
09:00 Sinead Sexton (Lahinch) V Valerie Shannon (Lahinch)
09:09 Paula Walsh (Doneraile) V Anne McCormack (Naas)
09:18 Valerie Clancy (Killarney) V Lisa O’Shea (Shannon)
09:27 Nicola Coffey (Woodbrook) V Sara Byrne (Douglas)
09:36 Louise Coffey (Malone) V Gillian O’Leary (The Island)
09:45 Mary Doyle (The Heath) V Aedin Murphy (Carlow)
09:54 Sarah Cunningham (Ennis) V Ellen O’Gorman (Milltown)
10:03 Niamh McSherry (Lurgan) V Georgia Carr (Milltown)
10:12 Chloe Ryan (Castletroy) V Olivia Lucas (Lahinch)
10:21 Catriona Griffin (Killarney) V Shannon Burke (Ballinrobe)
10:30 Orla Dunphy (Kilkenny) V Aoife Lowry (Tipperary)
10:39 Rachel Thompson (Cork) V Maeve Rooney (Co. Sligo)
10:48 Maria Dunne (Skerries) V Clodagh Jones (Roscrea)
10:57 Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden) V Elisa Corcoran (Grange)
11:06 Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL) V Linda Toomey (Lahinch)
11:15 Mairead Martin (Killarney) V Karen Delaney (Carlow)