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Katie Poots through to the match play section of the Irish Girls Close

Katie Poots through to the match play section of the Irish Girls Close

Katie Poots through to the match play section of the Irish Girls Close

Ulster were the dominant province in the stroke play qualifying in the Irish Girls’ Close Championship at Kilkeel as five girls made it into the match play section, which starts today.

Clandeboye’s Molly O’Hara goes into the last-16 as fourth seed and will face Moyola Park’s Kayleigh Mulholland in an all-Ulster tie, with Knock’s Katie Poots playing Elm Park’s Sarah O’Brien and Kirkistown Castle’s Beth Coulter paired with Oughterard’s Kate Dillon. Foyle’s Hannah Lee-McNamara faces a huge test when she takes on top seeded Olivia Costello (Roscommon).

Meanwhile, Malone’s Fionn Dobbin and Belvoir Park’s Darcy Hogg will face East Clare’s Eoin Magill and Ballinasloe’s Tom Cafferky in the last-16 of the Irish Boys’ Close, also at Kilkeel.

Elsewhere, Royal Portrush’s Laura Webb was the best of four Ulsterwomen to progress at the Irish Women’s Senior Close at Thurles and will face Thurles’ Marian Finn in the last-16 today.

Royal County Down’s Kate Evans and Malone’s Paula Metcalfe play Headfort’s Maria O’Reilly and Grange Castle’s Lisa Cullen respectively, while Royal Portrush’s Mary MacLaren meets Grange’s Sheena McElroy.

In the Men’s Senior Close, Clandeboye’s Colm Murphy snuck in as 16th seed and will meet Ulster Senior Open champion Joe Lyons (Galway) in the last-16.

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