Sara Byrne shot a career low round of 67 in Douglas on Sunday, and won the Girlie Hegarty Trophy in the process. Six birdies and just one bogey saw Byrne finish well ahead of the field. The sharp shooter was on form, helped by the fact that Douglas is her home course. Sara finished four shots clear of the field with her 65 nett, Aoife Ni Thuama won the best gross with a 73. Bandon’s Sarah Higgins won the 18 hole stableford competition while Aoife Keating (Douglas) won the nine hole competition. It’s been a solid year for the Sara Byrne. The teenager has had a very busy summer and her five under par round was yet another milestone in a year that saw several improvements. Byrne was in action Girls Home Internationals recently, where Ireland narrowly lost out to England, and prior to that she was representing Great Britain and Ireland in Italy at the Junior Vagliano Trophy.
Next up for Sara is the British ladies Strokeplay which takes place in September. Earlier this year Byrne won the Munster Girls title in Cork Golf Club. Valerie Clancy was the only Cork girl to make it through to the matchplay stages of the British Girls last week. Clancy made it through on the cut mark (+8) after the 36 hole qualifier and she won her first round match, beating Celilie Nielsen 3&2. She lost out in the afternoon though, losing 2&1 to Mayka Hoogeboom. Rachel Thompson and Mairead Martin missed the top 64 cut for the matchplay stage. While most teenagers will be planning to go back to school next week, Thompson, Clancy and Byrne are heading to Scotland in two weeks time for the British Ladies Open Strokeplay. The event takes place in North Berwick just outside Edinburgh. Kanturk’s Mairead also has an exciting September schedule, she’s off to Royal Liverpool for the Duke of York Championship and then it’s on to Canada for the World Junior Girls Championships.
Girlie Hegarty Girls Trophy (under 22), Douglas Golf Club, Sunday 20th August
18 Hole Stroke
Winner: Sara Byrne Douglas (2) 65 nett
Runner up: Lauren Kelly Ballykisteen (13) 69 nett
Gross: Aoife Ní Thuama Douglas (4) 73 gross
3rd: Corinna Griffin Killarney (10) 69 nett
18 Hole Stableford
1st: Sarah Higgins Bandon (31) 32 pts
2nd: Ava Burke Killarney (36) 26 pts
9 Hole Stableford
1st Aoife Keating Douglas (36) 15 pts
2nd Orla Evans East Cork (36) 14 pts