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Heartbreak for Hollywood's Carty

By Jonathan Bradley

Holywood's Jessica Carty suffered defeat to Mary Doyle in the final of the Irish Women's Close Championship at Enniscrone yesterday.

The 20-year-old impressed throughout the week en route to the final but her opponent from The Heath quickly set about seizing the advantage. Doyle won the first five holes following pars on the first, third and fifth, and birdies on the second and fourth.

Carty – who studies at the University of Denver in the United States on a golf scholarship – did however fight back by earning a share of the sixth then winning the seventh and eighth thanks to a trio of birdies.

The pair both made par on the ninth, tenth and 11th before Carty reduced the deficit further with a birdie at the 12th.

Doyle holed a crucial putt for a birdie on 13 to restore her three shot lead and, although Carty was able to pull one back at the 16th, held her nerve on the penultimate hole to ensure the trophy went back to Portlaoise.

Carty had reached the final after prevailing five and three in an all-Ulster semi-final against her friend Olivia Mehaffey earlier in the day.

Doyle meanwhile booked her place in the concluding round with a narrow victory over Aedin Murphy.

In the other final of the afternoon, Valerie Clancy of Killarney beat Sophie Harrison from Killeen Castle to secure the Ita Walace Plate Trophy.

Semi-finals: Mary Doyle (The Heath) beat Aedin Murphy (Carlow) 2&1

Jessica Carty (Holywood) beat Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co. Down Ladies) 5&3

Final: Mary Doyle (The Heath) beat Jessica Carty (Holywood) 2&1

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