Monday, June 18, 2018

Irish Women’s Close Championship
Enniscrone Golf Club
16 - 19 June 2018
The Final Four: Byrne, Cunningham, Coffey and Doyle
Sara Byrne (Douglas), Sarah Cunningham, Louise Coffey (Malone) and Meadhbh Doyle (Portarlington) are the final four still standing at the Irish Women’s Close Championship in Enniscrone and Leah Temple Lang (Elm Park) has won the Ita Wallace Trophy (Plate).
Five of the second-round matches needed at least 18 holes to be decided and despite a strong start to her tournament, leading qualifier Valerie Clancy (Killarney) was defeated by Maynooth University scholar Molly Dowling on the 17th.
Dowling went on to face in the quarter-finals girl international Sara Byrne (Douglas)  who needed 19 holes to win her tie with Lucy Simpson (Royal Portrush) earlier in the day.
The 17-year-old Byrne continued her run of form and having got the better of Dowling, now finds herself in her first Irish Women’s Close semi-final.
The experience of Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth), Sarah Cunningham (Ennis) and Louise Coffey prevailed on the difficult links as they saw off Sinead Sexton (Lahinch), Kate Dwyer (Rossmore) and  Jessica Ross (Clandeboye) in the morning matches.
While Coffey cruised to victory over Eleanor Metcalfe (Laytown and Bettystown) in the quarter-finals, Cunningham’s streak of four holes won in the middle of the round was too much for Smith to come back from and the Clare woman finished the match the winner by 2 and 1.
Meadhbh Doyle (Portarlington) and Shannon Burke (Ballinrobe), who are past Maynooth University team-mates, were the fourth match to reach the 18th this morning while the match between Aine Donegan (Woodstock) and Maeve Cummins (Lurgan) followed shortly after.
Both Doyle and Donegan prevailed. meaning they would face each other in the quarter-final. Doyle found herself with a two-hole advantage after nine holes and by the 13th she had doubled her lead – a deficit too much from Donegan to fight back from and the match was won 5 and 4 by Doyle.
Meanwhile Leah Temple Lang (Elm Park) was the strongest challenger in the Ita Wallace Trophy (Plate). Defeating Una Marsden (Tullamore), Anna Foster (Elm Park), Mary Doyle (The Heath) and Elisa Corcoran (Grange), she clinched the second flight, adding to her Plate victory at the Irish Girls’ Close Championship in Mallow last year.
The semi-finals will begin at 8.30am on Tuesday morning with the 2018 Irish Women’s Close Championship final scheduled for 1.30pm
Round 2:
Clancy lost to Dowling 3 and 1, Simpson lost to Byrne at 19th, Smith bt Sexton 1 hole, Dwyer lost to Cunningham 2 and 1, Browne lost to Metcalfe 3 and 2, Ross lost to Coffey 1 hole, Burke lost to Doyle 1 hole, Donegan bt Cummins 2 holes.
Dowling lost to Byrne 3 and 2, Smith lost to Cunningham 2 and 1, Metcalfe lost to Coffey 6 and 5, Doyle bt Donegan 5 and 4
Semi-Final: Tuesday 19 June
08:30 Byrne vs. Cunningham, 08:50 Coffey vs. Doyle
Irish Women’s Close Championship Final at 13:30 on Tuesday 19 June
Ita Wallace Trophy (Plate)
Temple Lang bt Doyle 6 and 5, O’Shea lost to Corcoran 5 and 3
Temple Lang bt Corcoran 3 and 1



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