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Ulster teenager captures Irish Girls’ Close Championship


Beth Coulter.

Beth Coulter.

Beth Coulter.

Beth Coulter claimed the Irish Girls’ Close Championship at Galway Golf Club on Friday by a 3&2 margin.

The Kirkistown Castle representative faced Sara Byrne (Douglas) in today's final and got off to a flying start taking a three up lead through six holes.

An eagle from Byrne on seven was followed by a birdie on the eighth and Coulter had to refocus.

"Walking down the 10th I was thinking if I can be four under and she beats me then fair play, well done. I birdied 10, 12, 13, 14 and then had a chance on 16, I only needed a par but I was trying still trying to make it,” said the 15-year-old

“It feels so weird, I was actually getting quite emotional walking up to the green there. Once Sara got ahead I was worried – but I knew I was playing well enough that I could bring it back so I was just trying to make as many birdies as possible and I got the job done in the end.”

Both Coulter and Dawson will now travel to the Czech Republic on Monday morning to represent Ireland at the European Young Masters.

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