Senior Cap for Thompson, Byrne to lead Irish Girls, Home Internationals

Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson is set to earn her first senior Irish cap next month following her selection on the Irish Ladies team for the Home Internationals.  On the back of her win at the Connacht Senior Womens title, the Cork member would have been high on the list of probables, and earlier today her place was confirmed.  A strong team was named as Ireland hope go one better this year and win the event.  Clodagh Coughlan was selected as a non-travelling reserve, the Douglas golfer’s performance at the recent interprovincials brought her onto the national radar.

Sara Byrne was selected as part of the seven strong Girls team.  This will be Byrne’s third year playing in the Home Internationals, a pretty big achievement considering she first played in the Under 18 competition when she was just 15.  Sara is now a senior on the team, but with Beth Coulter, Aine Donegan and Anna Dawson on the team, Ireland will be looking to a strong performance.  The Irish girls also finished as runners up last year to an impressive England team.  Byrne is currently playing in the European Ladies Amateur Championship in Poole.

The Home International Matches take place at Downfield Golf Club Scotland, from August 7 – 9.

Sara Byrne

Sara Byrne smiles after sinking an eagle putt on the 24th hole at the Irish Girls Close last week. Picture:  Pat Cashman

Ladies Home International Team

Shannon Burke (Ballinrobe)
Paula Grant (Lisburn)
Jessica Ross (Clandeboye)
Chloe Ryan (Castletroy)
Rachel Thompson (Cork)
Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden)
Annabel Wilson (Lurgan)
First Reserve: Eleanor Metcalfe (Laytown & Bettystown)
Second Reserve: Clodagh Coughlan (Douglas)
Team Captain: Danielle McVeigh​
Girls’ Home International Team
Jan Browne (Kilkenny)
Sara Byrne (Douglas)
Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle)
Anna Dawson (Tramore)
Aine Donegan (Lahinch)
Anna Foster (Elm Park)
Kate Lanigan (Hermitage)
First Reserve: Nicole Joyce Moreno (Royal Portrush)
Second Reserve: Corrina Griffin (Killarney)
Third Reserve: Leah Temple Lang (Elm Park)
Team Captain: Helen Jones, Team Manager: Suzie Hayes, Team Coach: Chris Jelly