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Beth and Celina are top of the class

 

By David Kelly

Beth Coulter and Celina Hamill are celebrating bringing the Ulster Under-18 Schools golf title back to Our Lady and St Patrick's College, Knock.

The Ulster final format allows schools to play three girls with the top two scores taken to decide the overall school winner but Knock simply sent out Beth and Celina and they duly produced the goods with two superb performances to leave their rivals in the shade.

There was further success for Beth who at just 13 years of age lifted the under-18 singles title as well. Regarded as one of the top young prospects in Irish golf, the Kirkistown and Royal County Down club player plays off a handicap of 3.8 and took the singles crown by a huge 14 shots.

PE teacher Darren O'Neill hailed the performances of Beth and Celina, 16, at Ardglass Golf Club as they ran out comfortable winners.

"Celina and Beth did the school proud with the way they performed. It was a great performance from both girls," he said.

"We've not had girls golf success at the school for a while and it is something that we would like to develop," he added.

"We've always had a good nucleus of boys who have played and some who did particularly well such as Harry Diamond, Andrew Morris and Charlie Bell who's now a pro at Blackwood Golf Centre.

"Beth gave a fine performance to win the singles at just 13. I actually did a practice round with her and I play off eight but she was hitting as long as me and at times her ball was flying past mine!"

The girls were presented with their trophy by the chairperson of the Ladies Golfing Union of Ireland, Dr Joan Miller.

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