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Beth Coulter on the march in Women's Amateur Championship bid

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Beth Coulter will be full of confidence after recent title joy

Beth Coulter will be full of confidence after recent title joy

Beth Coulter will be full of confidence after recent title joy

Kirkistown Castle’s Beth Coulter safely progressed to the match play stages of the Women’s Amateur Championship at Hunstanton after a strong performance in qualifying.

The 18-year-old followed her two-under 71 on Monday with a one-over 74 yesterday to qualify in 23rd place and she will now face Natalie Armbruester of Switzerland in the last-64, which will be played at the Norfolk links today.

Coulter will be disappointed with the finish to her round as she closed with back-to-back bogeys, which came after she had bounced back from a double bogey at the par-five seventh with a superb back nine consisting of four birdies and one bogey, but after her win at the Irish Women’s Close she will be confident of a deep run in the knockouts.

Clandeboye’s Rebekah Gardner withdrew before the start of yesterday’s second round having shot a 77 in her first round.

Meanwhile, Belvoir Park’s Eoin Burrows claimed the Connacht Under-14 Boys’ Open title at Westport after a one-over 74 saw him finish tied at the top with Galgorm Castle’s Paul Fletcher and Laytown & Bettystown’s Jack McKenna, but the Belfast teen won on countback.

Elsewhere, today sees the Connacht Women and Girls’ Championship get under way, with Knock’s Katie Poots leading a nine-strong Ulster contingent at Castle Dargan, while Malone’s Matthew McClean begins his European Amateur Championships bid in Valencia.

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