Sunday, June 17, 2018

Irish Women’s Close Championship
Enniscrone Golf Club
16 - 19 June 2018
Clancy continues as Connacht hopes lie with Burke
Leading qualifier Valerie Clancy kept her Irish Women’s Close Championship bid alive by overcoming Chloe O’Connor (Roscommon), and now faces Maynooth University scholar Molly Dowling (Lucan) on Monday.
Dowling, a past Mid Leinster Women’s Champion, secured her place in the next round by beating Auburn freshman Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little).
With some big names bowing out, including second place qualifier and 2017 runner-up Ciara Casey (Hermitage), the Championship remains wide open. Arguably the story of the day goes to 13-year old Emma Fleming (Elm Park), who took the experienced Irish International Sinead Sexton (Lahinch) to the 23rd hole.
Three down at the turn, Fleming held her nerve and slotted in a 5-foot putt on the 18th to take the match to extra holes. Still unfazed, she was faced with another tester, measuring about 10 feet down the hill, on the 19th green which she duly holed. It took until the 23rd for a mistake to be made by the young teenager and when she was unable to get up and down for her par, Sexton took advantage and secured her spot in the next round.
When Sarah Helly (Enniscrone) claimed the Championship in 2015, she was the first Connacht woman to do so since 1909 when Miss Orby from Co. Sligo lifted the trophy at Lahinch. Hopes of a Connacht home win this year now lie solely with Shannon Burke (Ballinrobe) after Hilary Hall (Enniscrone) was beaten by Eleanor Metcalfe (Laytown and  Bettystown).
The players competing for the Ita Wallace Trophy (Plate) battled the Enniscrone winds for two matches today. Tomorrow’s first semi-final will see Leah Temple-Lang (Elm Park) take on Mary Doyle (The Heath) after she beat her clubmate Anna Foster in a match that included 6 birdies for Temple-Lang. While Elisa Corcoran (Grange) will face Lisa O’Shea (Shannon) in the second semi.
Irish Women’s Close Championship
Round 1
Valerie Clancy (Killarney) bt Chloe O’Connor (Roscommon) 4 and 3
Molly Dowling (Lucan) bt Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) 3 and 2
Lucy Simpson (Royal Portrush) bt Georgia Carr (Milltown) 2 holes.
Sara Byrne (Douglas) bt Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle) 5 and 4
Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth) bt Clodagh Coughlan (Douglas) 3 and 2
Sinead Sexton (Lahinch) bt Emma Fleming (Elm Park) at 23rd
Kate Dwyer (Rossmore) bt Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden) 1 hole.
Sarah Cunningham (Ennis) bt Kate Lanigan (Hermitage) 1 hole.
Jan Browne (Kilkenny) bt Ciara Casey (Hermitage) 2 and 1
Eleanor Metcalfe (Laytown and Bettystown) bt Hilary Hall (Enniscrone)  2 and 1
Jessica Ross (Clandeboye) bt Katie O’Hart (Courtown) 2 and 1
Louise Coffey (Malone) bt Aoife Ní Thuama (Douglas) 2 holes.
Shannon Burke (Ballinrobe) bt Alison Taylor (Malahide) 5 and 4
Meadhbh Doyle (Portarlington) bt Claire Staunton (Ballinasloe) 7 and 6
Aine Donegan (Woodstock) bt Anna Dawson (Tramore) 3 and 2
Maeve Cummins (Lurgan) bt Rachel McDonnell (Elm Park) at 19th
Round 2 – Monday 18 June
09:00 Clancy vs. Dowling, 09:09 Simpson vs. Byrne, 09:18 Smith vs. Sexton, 09:27 Dwyer vs. Cunningham, 09:36 Browne vs. Metcalfe, 09:45 Ross vs. Coffey, 09:54 Burke vs. Doyle, 10:03 Donegan vs. Cummins
Ita Wallace Trophy (Plate)
Round 1: 17 June
Leah Temple Lang (Elm Park) bt Una Marsden (Tullamore) 4 and 2
Anna Foster (Elm Park) bt Clodagh Walsh (Castlewarden) 3 and 2
Mary Doyle (The Heath) bt Lauren Murray (Delgany) 2 and 1
Jean O’Driscoll (Muskerry) bt Corrina Griffin (Killarney) 3 and 2
Katie Poots (Knock) bt Emma Thorne (Elm Park) 2 and 1
Lisa O’Shea (Shannon) bt Claire McGonagle (Portsalon) 3 and 2
Sarah Burke (Mullingar) bt Emma Fenlon (Grange) 2 and 1
Elisa Corcoran (Grange) bt Olivia McCrystal (Holywood) 8 and 6
Quarter – Final: Sunday 17 June: Temple Lang beat Foster 3&2, Doyle beat O’Driscoll 3&2, Poots lost to O’Shea 2 holes, Burke lost to Corcoran 2&1
Semi – Final: Monday 18 June
08:30 Temple Lang vs. Doyle, 08:39 O’Shea vs. Corcoran
Final: 13:30 Monday 18 June



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