AS one of Cork’s finest golfer proves, the best things often come in small packages, as Claire Coughlan has shown her class in the country’s golf courses for over 27 years.
A year later was another historic one for Coughlan as she won four major championships which included the Lancome Irish Ladies Close championship.
The will to win coupled with her unbelievable skill has always been the hallmark of Claire’s game but in her own words it was never easy remaining a top player in this country.
There is little doubt the outstanding skills of Claire Coughlan should be recognised and in a career that took her to the top level of the sport she will be remembered for her undoubted class both on and off the golf course.
Claire Coughlan was encouraged by her grandfather Mick Twohig to begin playing golf at the age of 10.
Coughlan won her first title in 1994 when she was crowned National U16 champion.
One of the best wins for Coughlan in the early years of her career was defeating Eileen Rose Power in the Irish Ladies Close final.
Her family home at Little Island is only 100 metres away from the first tee at the club.
Claire became a professional golfer in 2007 before been reinstated to the Amateur ranks.
She captained the Irish and Great Britain Junior Vagliano team in 2014 that played a Continent of Europe side at Malone Golf club in Belfast.
Claire is married to fellow golfer David Ryan and they have three sons.