Sara Byrne, Picture: Pat Cashman
Sara Byrne came up just short of winning her second Irish Championship today, she was runner-up at the Irish Girls Close at Galway Golf Club. The Douglas golfer was in a fine vein of form, and had made the final day with relative ease. On Tuesday she shot a second round 71 (-2) to take second place in the strokeplay qualifier. That meant she was safely through to the matchplay phase. On Wednesday she wrapped up her first round match on the 14th, and on Thursday she beat Emily Murray and Lucia Masding to book a place in this morning’s semi-final.
Byrne got off to a great start this morning in the semi-final, going three up against Aine Donegan. But when the finished out on the 18th it was all square. Donegan’s comback included a birdie on the 17th and a chip in birdie on the last hole, but on the 24th – the sixth tie hole – it was Byrne who had the rub of the green. An eagle putt estimated at just over 30 feet dropped in to send the Douglas teenager into the final.
Sara faced leading qualifier Beth Coulter in the final and the 15 year old from Kirkistown Castle got off to a flier. Coulter was four under for the front nine, continuing a great run of golf in Galway. She was three up after six holes but Byrne birdied the 6th, eagled the 7th and birdied the 8th to Continue reading
Lee Valley’s Mel Deasy is in the top ten at the McGregor Trophy, the English Under 16 Strokeplay Championship, and safely through to today’s final 36 holes. Deasy opened on Tuesday with a level par 70 but it was a mixed round. Starting on the 10th, Deasy was five under after 12 holes, but he was back to -1 after doubles on his 13th and 15th holes. He closed out the round with a bogey to finish on level par, that was good enough for 17th place. Mel’s second round was steadier, two birdies and two bogies along with 14 pars led to his second 70. That saw him jump into the top ten, tied for 9th place at the halfway stage. The Lee Valley man is now just five shots off the lead held by England’s Rohan Miah. Galgorm’s Joshua Hill is in second place just one behind the leader. The final 36 holes take place today with Deasy on the tee at 9.30m. The event meant that Deasy missed out on a chance to retain his Munster U16 title which took place this week. He’ll be back in Munster colours next week when the Boys Interprovincials take place on Athlone Golf Club.
Sara Byrne had another good day in Galway at the Irish Girls Close. The Douglas golfer recorded a 6&4 win over Evelyn Park. That follows two good rounds on Tuesday when she shot 76 & 71 to finish just one off the lead. This morning she will take on Emily Murray from Co Louth in the round of 16 match, with the quarter finals also taking place tomorrow.
Mairead Martin (Kanturk) with the Girls Close Championship (Blake Cup) trophy after her victory at the 2017 Irish Girls Close Championship at Mallow Golf Club today. Picture by Pat Cashman
Kanturk’s Mairead Martin claimed her first national title today, and did so in front of a huge crowd of supporters in Mallow Golf Club. Martin claimed the Irish Girls Close title after five days of golf in Mallow, and did so in style – never going beyond the 15th hole in the five matchplay rounds. After confidently striking her first tee shot down their middle of the fairway, Mairead went 1 up through1 and didn’t ease up from there. Four up at the turn, birdies at the 10th and 11th saw Martin go 6 up with 7 holes to play. The match was finished in style with an eagle from Mairead at the 444-yard par 5 12th to close out the game 7&6.
“I’m delighted to win, my short game was on form this week, I pitched in for eagle on the 12th this afternoon to win the match which was a good way to finish”” said a happy Mairead. “I was at home in my own bed all week too which was also nice and to have so much support from the club was class! I had my sister on the bag too this week which was entertaining! She doesn’t play much golf but I hope she might Continue reading