Munster titles for young Cork golfers

Munster titles for young Cork golfers

Sara Byrne, winner of the De Courcey (U18) trophy and Paula Walsh, winner of the Munster Senior Open Championship. The event was held in Cork Golf Club from

Niall O'Shea

Golf

DONERAILE'S Paula Walsh won the ILGU Munster Senior Open title in Cork Golf Club.

Her three under par display meant that she was a wire to wire winner over the three rounds.  

Paula went into the final round with a three shot lead, and her four birdies and single bogey saw her extend her grip on the tournament to win by six strokes.  

The Doneraile golfer is also a member of Cork Golf Club and she made full use of her knowledge of the Little Island course as she dominated the event.  

Two early birdies on the first and second would have settled her as she continued with a very steady game to maintain and extend her lead.  

It’s two in a row for North Cork, last year’s winner in Waterville was Valerie Clancy from Mitchelstown.  

Walsh was delighted with her win, her first at provincial level. 

“It was my first big win,” said Walsh.

“I was a bit nervous at the beginning of the third round but having two birdies on the opening holes really settled me.  From then on I just took it hole by hole.”  

Walsh was by far the most consistent golfer over the three days, holding the lead from the first round. 

“I was delighted with my game” commented Walsh after the competition.

“I played really steady golf all day, having only one bogey is always good.”  

The final year chemistry student in UCC is now focusing on exams but will be keen to return to the course and continue her solid form. 

Walsh will be part of the Cork Golf Club team that will play Senior Cup and Senior Foursomes in the AIG cups in the coming months.

Second place in the senior championship went to Sara Byrne from Douglas who was one of only three players to break par on the final day in Cork. 

It was a great finish for Byrne who opened with a disappointing 80 in the first round.  

A second round 75 saw her jump up to 6th place and the one under par 73 today saw the Douglas golfer finish in second place overall.  

Sara had a dream start, with three straight birdies from the first hole.  

Two more birdies followed on the back nine and she played a very tidy game with just four bogies on the card. Byrne also won the De Courcey Trophy and claimed the Munster U18 title. Sara was recently selected to represent Ireland in the U16 international match against Wales.  

There was disappointment for Mitchelstown's Siobhan O'Mahony who lost out to Heather Fitzgerald (Limerick) in the final of the Junior championship. 

Cork golf Club was in excellent condition for the event and already the club are looking forward to hosting the Munster Strokeplay Championship which takes place on 29th and 30th April.

A top class field has entered with everyone in the field playing off scratch or lower. 

This is a must see event as some of the best golfers in the country are taking part.

The 72 hole event is a counting event for the GUI national order of merit (Willie Gill Award) and has attracted a large number of entries from outside the province.

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