Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Royal Portrush champion Charlene has a busy summer ahead

Royal Portrush has a new champion golfer.

Charlene Reid completed her first Irish win with victory in the Leinster Scratch Cup after a commanding performance in the final at The Island in Dublin.

She was never behind in a one-sided decider against County Carlow's Karen Delaney which she won five and four.

“It was my first Irish title and I was delighted to win it,” said 22-year-old Charlene.

“I played really well and kept it steady all the way round which you have to do at a tight course like The Island.”

Charlene, who is currently working in the pro shop at Ballyclare Golf Club, finished second qualifier after the opening two strokeplay rounds then eased past Laura McCarthy of Muskerry in the first matchplay round three and two.

In a tight quarter-final she saw off Woodbrook's Sue Phillips two and one, sealing victory with a par on the 17th green.

Then in the semi-final she took on Masserene's Lucy Simpson and emerged triumphant three and two.

“I won the second and third holes and that helped settle me down and I was still two up after nine,” she said. “Then I won the tenth, halved 11, won 12 and 13th and halved the next to win.”

A graduate from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, she is aiming to turn professional soon.

“I'd love to teach and coach the game and hopefully one day return to America to coach a university team,” she said.

In the meantime she has a busy summer coming up starting with the Irish Strokeplay and then the Ulster ladies Championship at her home Portrush course.

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