Thursday, July 14, 2016

Field narrowed to 16 at Irish Girls' Close Championship

Championship Match Play DRAW

Plate Match Play DRAW

Qualifying Scores HERE

Another bright and sunny morning welcomed the 32 qualifiers to Kilkenny as the beginning of the match play got underway.

Niamh McSherry (Lurgan) continued her good form as she carded a comprehensive victory over her opponent Bethany Thornbury. Both Clodagh and Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden) both progress through to the next stage of the competition keeping the possibility of a family quarter final alive. Kilkenny local, Jan Browne, battled it out with Rachel Thompson (Cork) all the way to the 18th and came away with a one-hole victory which sees her into the next round of the championship tomorrow morning.

On the bottom half of the draw, Julie McCarthy made short work of opponent Clodagh Coughlan (Douglas) with a 6 and 5 win. Maeve Rooney (Co. Sligo) followed in similar fashion, finishing up after 12 with a spectacular 7 and 6 victory over Sarah Lacey (Castleknock), as did Kate Lanigan (Hermitage) with a 6 and 5 victory over Irish International Valerie Clancy (Killareny).
 Two matches needed to go down the 19th, one of which was Kilkenny’s Katie Keenan who manage a one-hole victory over
Nicole McGavisk (Donabate).

The 16 first round winners will now compete in the Championship match play and those who were unsuccessful in the first round are through to the plate.  All information for the Irish Women’s Close Championship, including the match play draw can be found HERE.

Irish Girls’ Close Championship 
– Match Play R2 – 15/07/16
08:00     Niamh McSherry (Lurgan) v Clodagh Walsh (Castlewarden)
08:10     Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden) v Aideen Walsh (Woodstock)
08:20     Lisa O'Shea (Shannon) v Georgia Carr (Milltown)
08:30     Jan Browne (Kilkenny) v Aine Donegan (Woodstock)
08:40     Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) v Kate Dwyer (Rossmore)
08:50     Katie Keenan (Kilkenny) v Maeve Rooney (Co. Sligo)
09:00     Mairead Martin (Killarney) v Rebecca MacLaren (Wellingborough)
09:10     Kate Lanigan (Hermitage) v Anna Foster (Elm Park)

Irish Girls’ Close Plate
 Match Play Round 1 15/07/16
09:20     Bethany Thornbury (Tandragee) v Sarah Burke (Mullingar)                              
09:30     Sara Byrne (Douglas) v Eleanor Metcalfe (Laytown & Bettystown)  
09:40     Katie O'Hart (Arklow) v Canice Screene (Hermitage)                                         
09:50     Rachel Thompson (Cork) v Ellen O'Gorman (Milltown)       
10:00     Clodagh Coughlan (Douglas) v Emma Forbes (Royal Portrush)
10:10     Nicole McGavisk (Donabate) v Sarah Lacey (Castleknock)
10:20     Leah Temple Lang (Elm Park) v Clodagh Jones (Roscrea)
10:30     Valerie Clancy (Killarney) v Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle)
Irish Girls’ Close Championship 
Round 1 Results
Niamh McSherry (Lurgan) bt Bethany Thornbury (Tandragee) 5 and 4.                       
Clodagh Walsh (Castlewarden) bt Sarah Burke (Mullingar) 5 and 4
Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden) bt Sara Byrne (Douglas) 2 and 1
Aideen Walsh (Woodstock) bt Ellie Metcalfe (Laytown and Bettystown) 3 and 2
Lisa O'Shea (Shannon) bt Katie O'Hart (Arklow) 1 hole
Georgia Carr (Milltown)  bt Canice Screene (Hermitage) 1 hole.
Jan Browne (Kilkenny) bt Rachel Thompson (Cork) 1 hole
Aine Donegan (Woodstock) bt Ellen O'Gorman (Milltown) 2 and 1
Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) bt Clodagh Coughlan (Douglas) 6 and 5
Kate Dwyer (Rossmore) bt Emma Forbes (Royal Portrush) 1 hole
Katie Keenan (Kilkenny) bt Nicole McGavisk (Donabate) 1 hole.
Maeve Rooney (Co. Sligo) bt Sarah Lacey (Castleknock) 7 and 6
Mairead Martin (Killarney) bt Leah Temple Lang (Elm Park) 2 and 1
Rebecca MacLaren (Wellingborough) bt Clodagh Jones (Roscrea) 2 and 1.
Kate Lanigan (Hermitage) bt Valerie Clancy (Killarney) 6 and 5
Anna Foster (Elm Park) bt Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle) 1 hole.