Sunday, April 09, 2017

Jillian Farrell finishes T3 in Irish girls' stroke

play, six behind Swedish winner

Jillian Farrell (Cardross), joint leader of the tournament after a cluster of early birdies in the second round, eventually subsided to a still creditable joint third place in a strong international field at the Irish Under-18 girls' open stroke play championship at Roganstown Golf Club, a North Dublin parkland course, today (Sunday).

Farrell, pictured, had rounds of 75, 70 and 74 for a six-over-par aggregate of 219 over a par-71 course. The Cardross player had seven birdies over the course of the first two rounds but bogeyed the third, ninth, 10th and 17th before she got her first and only birdie of the final round, at the 18th.
She finished six shots behind the Swedish four-stroke winner, 16-year-old Ingrid Lindblad who scored 71, 72 and 70 for level par 213.
Dutch girl Kaylee De Jonge finished second on 217 (75-72-70).
Farrell tied for third with England's Jessica Hall, Lea-Anne Bramwell (Wales) and Ireland's Annabel Wilson (Lurgan).
Six Scots survive the second-round cut. Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead) finished T21 on 228 (76-76-75). Louise Duncan (West Kilbride) (76-73-80) and Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore) (80-73-73) tied for 25th place.
Molly Richmond (Strathaven) (78-73-80 for 231) tied for 33rd place and Lorna McClymont (Milngavie) (77-78-94 for 239 ) finished joint 50th.
Hannah Darling (Broomieknowe), Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) and Porscha Wilson (Burntisland) did not qualify for the third and final round.

Roganstown GC, Dublin.
Par 213 (3x71) CSS 71 73
213 I Lindblad (Swe) 71 72 70
217 K De Jonge (Ned) 75 72 70
219 J Farrell (Cardross) 75 70 74, J Hall (Eng) 77 71 71, L-A Bramwell (Wal) 73 70 76, A Wilson (Ire) 69 79 71.
221 E Rhodes (Eng) 74 72 75, M Lederholm (Swe) 72 77 72
222 M Martin (Ire) 76 74 72

227 J Mackintosh (Hazlehead) 76 76 75 (T21)
229 K Brodie (Strathmore) 80 73 73, L Duncan (West Kilbride) 76 73 80 (T25).
231 M Richmond (Strathaven) 78 73 80 (T33)
239 L McClymont (Milngavie) 77 78 84 (T50)

161 H Darling (Broomieknowe) 78 83.
162 C Griffiths (Aboyne) 80 82
169 P Wilson (Burntisland) 80 89.


As Masters Sunday gets started across the Atlantic, the Irish U18 Girls’ Stroke Play Championship came to a close at Roganstown Golf and Country Club. There was no shortage of talent on display all weekend as 104 players from 15 countries battled the North Dublin Parkland.
The top 50 players after the opening 36 holes progressed to the final round where Ingrid Lindblad (Sweden) and Lea-Anne Bramwell (Wales) took a 2 shot lead. Lindblad opened with 8 straight pars and after 12 holes she was 3 shots clear of Bramwell and Kaylee de Jonge; who fired a final round 70 to move to +4. A birdie 3 on the 16th and two pars to finish was enough for a 4 shot win for the Swede.
I am so happy, it is very unexpected but I am delighted!” beamed Lindblad – who had been soaked with water by her teammates on the 18th green!
I have won some tournaments in Sweden but this is my first win in an international event. I played very solidly all week and hit a lot of greens which meant a lot of two putts were needed!”  
The sixteen year old competed at Roganstown in 2016 and will still be eligible to play again next year:
 “This is a really good event and the course is so nice – the greens were especially nice this year. We travel as a team each year so it is enjoyable to be here!”
The Irish fight was led by Annabel Wilson (Lurgan) who after a second round 79, was -3 after 10 holes and found herself back in contention again.
Unfortunately three bogeys on the closing nine holes meant she signed for a level par 71 and a 6 over total for the Championship. Valerie Clancy (Killarney) and Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle) both started the day 4 and 5 shots back and finished with 77 and 78 respectively to finish in tied for 12th.
In the International Team Event, Ireland A (Wilson, Martin and Clancy) were tied with Sweden A (Rydqvist, Lindblad and Svensson) heading into the final round but it was the Swedes who prevailed to take the 2017 team event.
Overall Nett: 206 Carys Worby (Wales)
Second Nett: 209 Nicole Joyce Moreno (Spain)
Round 1 Gross: 69 Annabel Wilson (Lurgan)
Round 2 Gross: 70 Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle)
Round 3 Gross: 71 Andrea Grimberg-Lienell (Sweden)
Nations Cup Team Award: +8 Sweden (Ingrid Lindblad, Louise Rydqvist and Elsa Svensson)

Carla Reynolds
Irish Ladies Golf Union
PR and Communications



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