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Contender: Galgorm’s Michael Reid is sole Ulsterman in Portrush semis. Credit: Thos Caffrey

Contender: Galgorm’s Michael Reid is sole Ulsterman in Portrush semis. Credit: Thos Caffrey

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Contender: Galgorm’s Michael Reid is sole Ulsterman in Portrush semis. Credit: Thos Caffrey

Galgorm Castle’s Michael Reid had to do it the hard way but the top seed at the North of Ireland Amateur Open made it through as the only Ulster player in the semi-finals at Royal Portrush.

Reid needed three extra holes to account for Elm Park’s John Cleary in the last-16 before then producing a fine comeback to win his quarter-final clash against another Elm Park man, Robert Galligan, to set up a last-four tie with Royal Dublin’s Max Kennedy this morning.

The winner of that tie will take on the victor of the other semi-final between Laytown & Bettystown’s Alex Maguire and 2019 runner-up Peter O’Keeffe of Douglas in the afternoon’s final on the Dunluce Links.

It was another mammoth day for Reid, who was taken to the 20th hole by Scrabo’s Adam McCormick in Wednesday’s first round as well, but the Galgorm man was just happy to make it into the last-four.

“It was a tough game that required a lot of good golf from the two of us,” said Reid of his win over Galligan. “I’d like to be winning matches a little earlier, but I’m happy to be through.”

Dunmurry’s Chris Black was beaten by Galligan in the last-16, while Lisburn’s Joshua Robinson fell at the hands of Kennedy.

Meanwhile, Ulster are guaranteed to have one player in the final of the Irish Girls’ Close at Tramore where second and third seeds Katie Poots (Knock) and Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle) will meet in today’s semi-final.

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Poots defeated Anna Abom and Emily Murray to reach the last-four, while Coulter saw off Hannah Guerin and Olivia Costello to set up the all-Ulster tie, the winner of which will face either Tramore’s Anna Dawson or Elm Park’s Emma Fleming.

Coulter, who is the defending champion having won in 2019, said: “I wasn’t happy with my qualifying rounds, it was very sloppy and I couldn’t get the ball in the hole, but I went down onto the range and just tried to sort it out then went out hitting the ball much better.

“I got the match finished this morning and the same this afternoon, I hit it well but held a few more putts which was nice.”

However there was disappointment for Clandeboye’s Rebekah Gardner, who qualified for the match play as the top seed but was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Dawson.


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