Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ladies and girls' Home Internationals at same venue (Conwy) on same dates (August 3-5)
The Ladies and Girls’ Home International Matches will be played concurrently at the same venue, Conwy Golf Club in North Wales, from August 3 to 5. 
This is the first time this has happened and there is another change to the format.The teams will have seven members instead of the traditional eight.
 They will play three foursomes matches, followed by six singles each day.  England will be team favourites for the ladies' title after recently being crowned European champions at the Team Championships in Iceland. 
Both Irish girls’ and ladies teams finished in 2nd place at the matches last year but will be looking to get one better in Wales this year.  Royal CoDown Ladies’ star and world number 6 Olivia Mehaffey, will lead out the ladies team in two weeks’ time.  
Joining Mehaffey will be Curtis Cup player Maria Dunne (Skerries), Jessica Carty (Holywood), Louise Coffey (Malone), Paula Grant (Lisburn), Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) and Sinead Sexton (Lahinch). All players have international experience and will be aiming to secure the top spot in Wales.
Irish Ladies' Home International Team
 Conwy Golf Club
August 3-5
Maria Dunne (Skerries)
Jessica Carty (Holywood)
Louise Coffey (Malone)
Paula Grant (Lisburn)
Olivia Mahaffey (Royal Co Down Ladies)
Jessica Ross (Donaghadee)
Sinead Sexton (Lahinch)
1st reserve – Chloe Ryan (Castletroy)
Team Captain: Sinead Keane
Team Manager: Gillian O’Leary
Team Coach: Donal Scott
Ireland is putting forward an exceptional girls’ team, which includes two of Killarney’s top golfers, Valerie Clancy and Mairead Martin. They will be joined by Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little), Niamh McSherry (Lurgan), Rachel Thompson (Cork), Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden) and Annabel Wilson (Lurgan).  It will be a first international cap for Lauren Walsh, who has showcased her talent and consistency throughout the year.  Leinster, Ulster and Irish Girls Champion, Julie McCarthy is unstoppable and dominating Irish U18 golf alongside in form 15 year old Annabel Wilson. Wilson had a superb performance at the European Team Championships and subsequently at the Junior British Open, where she finished 9th. Having just turned 15, Annabel has represented Ireland on an international stage for both the girls’ and ladies and similar to McCarthy she has two Irish Girls Close Championships under her belt.
Irish Girls' Home International Team
 – Conwy Golf Club
August 3-5
Valerie Clancy (Killarney)
Mairead Martin (Killarney)
Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little)
Niamh McSherry (Lurgan)
Rachel Thompson (Cork)
Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden)
Annabel Wilson (Lurgan)
1st reserve
 Lisa O’Shea (Shannon)
Team Captain: Gemma Butler
Team Manager: Irene Poynton
Team Coach: Chris Jelly

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