2018 – Breakthrough year for Byrne

Sara Byrne Douglas Golf Club June 2018_12018 was a breakthrough year for Sara Byrne, and that was recognised last week when she won the Irish Golf Writers Womens Amateur of the Year award.  The award was a reflection on the results Sara achieved during the year as well representing Ireland at two international competitions.  It was a busy year for Sara, although she committed to playing in fewer events this year, the competitions she did select were higher in profile and the quality of the field was generally stronger.  In terms of other awards, Byrne topped the Girls Order of Merit by a clear margin, and she also finished third on the women’s order of merit.  Sara’s season started in March when she finished third in the Munster Womens Championship in Killarney.  Rounds of 74, 75 and 78 saw her claim a podium finish although she did miss out on retaining her Munster Girls title by one shot.  Despite playing well, she couldn’t manage to claim the top spot until she got to Enniscrone in June for the Irish Womens Close.  She came through two rounds of Strokeplay and five rounds of matchplay golf to win the national title.  Aside from the mental battle of matchplay, she also had to contend with extreme weather as wind and Continue reading

Byrne & Clancy through in Girls Amateur, Kerry Boys Update

Sara Byrne IRish Close Course Shot June 2018

Sara Byrne (Douglas) during the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship, Enniscrone Golf Club, Picture: Golffile | Fran Caffrey All photo usage must carry mandatory copyright credit (© Golffile | Fran Caffrey)

Sara Byrne and Valerie Clancy have made it through to the matchplay stage of the Girls Amateur Open in Ardglass.  Byrne continued her good form on Tuesday with an opening 71 that saw her finish the first round in 6th place.  She finished the second round tied for 12th place, a second round 75 in more testing conditions was more than enough to see her through, although she did describe it as “hanging on”. Valerie Clancy also made it through in the top half of the draw, steady rounds of 73 and 76 saw her finish tied for 19th place from the field of 140 golfers.  Ireland will be well represented in the matchplay with a total of seven golfers qualifying.  The first two rounds take place today.

Fionn Hickey (Muskerry), Jack O’Donoghue (Bandon) and Ross Higgins (Douglas) have all mande it through to the matchplay stage of the Kerry Boys Championship. Hickey finished third in the qualifier after rounds of 73 & 79, and he’ll face Ross Higgins in the first round.  Jack O’Donoghue will face Glasson’s Conor Gleeson who was the top qualifier on -3.  Cork is well represented in the plate with six Continue reading

Irish call up for three Cork golfers

2017 Irish Boys Under 14 Amateur Open Championship at Ballina Go

Zak Collins

Zak Collins and Eoghan Cassidy have been named on the Irish squads to play in the Reid Trophy (Under 14 English Championship) in Reading next week.  Collins from Douglas and Cassidy from Kinsale have been playing well all season and both golfers featured on the successful Munster team who won the Under 14 interprovincial championship last week.  The event is a great opportunity for the cork duo, it attracts a top quality field of English and international players whose playing handicap is 7.4 or better.  The 54-hole stroke play championship is played over three days.  The full field plays 18 holes on each of the first two days with the leading 70 competitors going on to play the final 18 holes on the third day.  The Cork pair will be joined by two Limerick golfers, Ballyneety’s Morgan O’Sullivan and Iestyn Winn in a strong Munster line-up.  Faithlegg’s Alex King Continue reading

Super Sara is Irish Champ

Sara Byrne IRish Close Course Shot June 2018

Sara Byrne (Douglas) during the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship, Enniscrone Golf Club, Picture: Golffile  Fran Caffrey

Teenager Sara Byrne is the new Irish Women’s Close Champion.  The Douglas golfer beat all before her in Enniscrone over the past three days to claim the prestigious national title.  A 2&1 win over Louise Coffey this afternoon meant that another national title is headed back to Douglas Golf Club.

“This is just amazing, I knew I could do it” said a delighted Byrne.  “When Louise won the 3rd I knew that it was better to be up at the end of the match than at the start, I knew that a one hole difference was nothing so I stayed patient.  This is definitely my number one achievement to date, on the final few holes I got a bit nervous but I told myself that I had worked too hard to give this one away.  This brings my golf career up a step and any event now I play in I can tell myself that I can win because I am Irish Champion!”

The Irish and GB&I capped golfer now joins an elite group, Continue reading

Byrne takes 3rd in Munster Senior Open Championship

Sara Byrne GB&I 2017

Sara Byrne 

Sara Byrne finished in 3rd place after the final round of the Munster Senior Open Championship in Killarney.  It was a positive start for the Douglas member, she shot rounds of 74,75 and 78 to finish on +5.  While Byrne took third overall, she just missed out on retaining her Munster Girls title, she was beaten by Aine Donegan who finished second overall.  Meadhbh Doyle from Portarlington was the run away winner, she had a winning margin of ten shots closing with another under par round today.

Claire Coughlan Ryan (Cork) finished in 5th place and Clodagh Coughlan (Douglas) was also tied for 5th on +11.  Muskerry’s Jean O’Driscoll was just outside the top ten while Michelle Tobin (Cork) finished inside the top 25.  Aoife Ni Thuama, Carmel Kearney and Jennifer Hickey all made the 36 hole cut but finished down the field on the final day.

Cork’s Irene Rafferty finished as runner up in the Munster Junior Open Championship which also concluded today.  She was beaten by one hole by Ballykisteen’s Lauren Kelly.  Rafferty beat Mallow’s Maire O’Sullivan in the semi-final.  Macroom’s Continue reading

Douglas academy to open in 2018

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Progress is being made on the new five hole academy in Douglas, while work has also started on the redesign of the two practice greens in the distance.  Picture: Niall O’Shea

2018 promises to be a milestone year for Douglas, the southside club will open a brand new five hole short game facility and work should also conclude on a new practice facility and range.  The five hole short game area is currently under construction, all of the earthmoving and shaping has been completed and the greens and tee boxes have been laid out.  The team from DAR Construction have finished the first and second stages of work, a substantial amount of ground works took place in stage one including the installation of services, and after that several tonnes of sand were laid on the new greens and approaches to provide top quality playing conditions.  The seeding Continue reading

Sara set for another super year

Sara Byrne GB&I 2017Sara Byrne might only be 16, but in the past two years she blazed a trail on the golf courses of Cork and further afield.  The Douglas member has represented Munster, Ireland and GB&I in 2017, and more importantly she has seen her golf game improve on several levels.  While Sara has been used to winning, and she has ben part of the IGU coaching programmes for a few years, 2017 was a breakthrough year and she’s planning to build on that through the winter and into next season.  “I have some great memories this year including winning the Munster girls championship, getting my first cap for Ireland, becoming an honorary member of Douglas Golf Club and shooting the course record of five under 67 in Douglas” said Sara.  “But my best memory was seeing the Irish tricolour being raised and the Irish anthem being played when I was playing for Great Britain and Ireland at the Vagliano Trophy in Italy.”  Those experiences and performances didn’t happen by accident, they were a result of a very strong work ethic and a focus on constant improvement.  And the young Douglas golfer saw the results on the course.  “I think my ball striking this year has Continue reading

Douglas celebrate International Success

Douglas Internationals 3Douglas Golf Club recently celebrated the successes of three of their members, all three were capped for Ireland this year.  Sara Byrne, Karl Bornemann and Peter O’Keeffe were the centre of attention on the evening when members, families and friends gathered at the club.  As well as receiving presentation from the club, the trio were also granted honorary membership from the club with Management Committee Chairman Jerry Cronin presenting certificates to all three.  It was a great year for all three golfers.  In addition to being selected for Ireland Girls, Sara Byrne was also selected for the GB&I team that played in the Junior Vagliano trophy in Italy early in the season.  She also Continue reading

Super 67 for Sara Byrne

2017 Irish Girls Close Championship at Mallow Golf Club

Sara Byrne pictured during the Irish Girls Close, picture: Pat Cashman

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 Continue reading

International Action for Cork Girls

2017 Irish Girls Close Championship at Mallow Golf Club

Mairead Martin (Kanturk) Picture: Pat Cashman

Four Cork Girls are in action for Ireland today in the Ladies and Girls Home Internationals.  Little Aston Golf Club near Brimingham is hosting the both events which get underway today.  Despite being eligible for the Girls team, Mairead Martin has been selected for the Ladies team.  The Kanturk native has been in great form recently, she won both the Irish Girls Close and the Leinster Ladies Championship in the past three weeks.  Mitchelstown’s Valerie Clancy (representing Killarney) will feature on the Girls team alongside Cork’s Rachel Thompson and Douglas’ Sara Byrne.

Last year, Ireland were victorious in the Girls Home Internationals with the Ladies’ honours going to England.  Three of the victorious 2016 Girls’ team have returned to defend their title. Clancy, Thompson and Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden) will be a source of experience for Captain Gemma Butler, who will be relying on them to lead their fellow teammates.
Ireland take on Scotland today, they face Wales tomorrow and England on the final day.
Home Internationals Little Aston Aug 2017

The combined Girls and Ladies teams (Pic: Derek Byrne)

Ladies Home International Matches

Little Aston, 9 – 11 August
Ciara Casey (Hermitage)
Maria Dunne (Skerries)
Paula Grant (Lisburn)
Mairead Martin (Kanturk)
Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little)
Chloe Ryan (Castletroy)
Annabel Wilson (Lurgan)
Reserve: Sinead Sexton (Lahinch)
Team Captain: Danielle McVeigh (RCDL)
Team Manager: Clodagh Hopkins (Woodbrook)
Team Coach: Donal Scott
Girls’ Home International Matches
Little Aston, 9 – 11 August
Sara Byrne (Douglas)
Valerie Clancy (Killarney)
Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle)
Emma Forbes (Royal Portrush)
Maeve Rooney (Co. Sligo)
Rachel Thompson (Cork)
Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden)
Reserve: Georgia Carr (Milltown)
Team Captain: Gemma Butler (Birr)
Team Manager: Helen Jones (Royal Portrush)
Team Coach: Chris Jelly