Friday, July 03, 2015

Ireland hoping to win European women's

 and U18 girls' titles next week

The European Ladies and Girls Team Championships are taking place in Denmark and the Czech Republic respectively from July 7 to 11. Ireland are fielding two extremely strong teams and will be looking to secure a top place finish in both Championships.
The ladies team includes Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell), who is currently the world number 1 ranked amateur golfer. She is joined by the inform Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL) who has three titles under her belt already this season and played alongside Leona on the GB and I Vagliano team against the Continent of Europe last week at Malone Golf Club. 
Jessica Carty (Holywood), Chloe Ryan (Castletroy), Maria Dunne (Skerries) and Paula Grant (Lisburn) have all represented Ireland on the International stage and will be looking to secure a top place finish in Denmark. 
Sinead Keane (Royal Curragh/Naas) is captaining the ladies team for a second year running and will also add invaluable experience as a past international player. She is joined by ILGU Coach and PGA Professional Donal Scott. 
Having been asked about the Championship, Keane commented ‘We have mapped out the course and the team is well prepared. All team members are playing very well and are excited about getting there. It is an added bonus to have the world number 1 on the team’.
Jessica Carty (Holywood)
Maria Dunne (Skerries)
Paula Grant (Lisburn)
Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell)
Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co Down Ladies)
Chloe Ryan (Castletroy)
Team Captain: 
Sinead Keane (Royal Curragh/Naas)
Coach: Donal Scott
 Ireland's U18 team will be travelling to Kaskada in the Czech Republic to compete. Two international and recently capped GB&I Junior Vagliano team players, Mairead Martin (Killarney) and Annabel Wilson (Lurgan) are members of the team.
They are joined by current internationals Ciara Casey (Hermitage), Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) and Niamh McSherry (Lurgan). This will be a first time cap for Valerie Clancy (Killarney). Gemma Butler (Birr) will captain the team and is excited about what they can achieve. She said:

‘We are all very excited about competing next week. Ciara Casey has just secured her first big win at the Leinster Girls Championship and we have two Junior Vagliano members on the team. All the girls are ready to peak and we are excited about the great golf all players are capable of’. 
 Gemma is joined by ILGU Coach and PGA Professional Chris Jelly.
Ciara Casey (Hermitage)
Valerie Clancy (Killarney)
Mairead Martin (Killarney)
Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little)
Niamh McSherry (Lurgan)
Annabel Wilson (Lurgan)
Team Captain: 
Gemma Butler (Birr)
Coach: Chris Jelly
The first of two 18 hole stroke-play qualifying rounds commence on Tuesday 7 July with the concluding round on Wednesday. Five out of six strokeplay scores count each day towards the team’s total with the top 8 teams qualifying to play for the medal positions and the remainder of the field contesting the minor placings.