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UIster champs Campbell and Ross seal places in ISPS World Invitational field

May 29, 2019

Colm Campbell and Jessica Ross
Golffile | Thos Caffrey)

Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell and Jessica Ross from Clandeboye celebrated victory in the inaugural staging of the Ulster Stroke Play Championship at Galgorm Castle.
Ross blew the field away with her nearest challenger, Lurgan’s Maeve Cummins, some 12 strokes behind her in second place.
The 24-year-old chemical engineer carded a four-round total of level par. Her final round included an eagle three on the 18th and a stunning birdie from 170 yards on the fourth after she found trouble off the tee.
Seasoned campaigner Campbell, who has spent the last two years fighting his way back to fitness following a hand injury, bridged a 1115 day gap to win his first championship since the 2016 Flogas Irish Amateur Open at Royal Dublin. He finished on four-under par, two shots ahead of Carton House representative Marc Boucher.
Campbell’s personal battle to get back to the top of the game hasn’t been easy but this win gives him a major boost in the GUI’s Bridgestone Order of Merit.
“It’s been tough. I’ve had a really tough 2018 and I struggled with the injuries as most people know and then I lost my grandad as well on top of that who was a big supporter of me and this one is for him,” he said.

“I always said the first if I was lucky enough to win another championship I would dedicate this to him and I know he would be very proud. It’s been a tough road and I’m glad to be back playing and it was nice to get a win under the belt.”

Off a plus-four handicap, Ross makes the trip to St Andrews for the St Rule Trophy later this week and is hoping for momentum to help her pick up another win.
She said; “I’ve started working full time as a chemical engineer so I guess I’ll just play as good as I can and get another win. I’ll just take every event as it comes.”
Both Campbell and Ross pick up invitations to the European Challenge Tour’s newest event which takes place at Galgorm Castle, the ISPS Handa World Invitational in August.
Ross is thrilled to be able to tee it up with the pros. She added; “I’m delighted. I’ve never played a professional event before so it will be cool to see how your game matches up with the world’s best.”
Campbell is no a stranger to playing in professional events and is excited by the prospect of both men and women teeing it up at Galgorm in the professional tournament.
“I’m really excited to play in it. That’s one of the main reasons I came here and teed it up this week,” he said.
“It’s brilliant, especially for the ladies’ game. They play to an exceptional standard. I think it’s only right and it’s great to see and it’s great to see Galgorm is on board with it as well.”
Joining them in the ISPS Handa World Invitational will Marc Boucher (Carton House), Matthew McClean (Malone), Maeve Cummins (Lurgan) and Shannon Burke (Ballinrobe) for their second and third place finishes in the event.
This event marked the first time that the GUI and ILGU have hosted senior men’s and women’s championships simultaneously at the same venue.

Ulster Strokeplay Championship scores

Copy courtesy of Alan Kelly (GUI)


Graham survives late mistake to win Donaghadee UGA event

March 1, 2018

A late stumble almost proved very costly for Gareth Graham in the latest round of the PING PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance series at Donaghadee GC.
The Groomsport Golf Centre professional was one under par playing the last but penciled in a double-bogey six after hitting his second shot out of bounds and off the clubhouse.
Fortunately, no damage was done to the building or his chances of winning the tournament. His one-over-par 72 earned him a narrow one-shot victory over Brian McElhinney (North West), Gary Wardlow (Spa) and Chris Carvill (Belvoir Park).

Gareth Graham

It was the second six on the winner’s card as he also made bogey at the par five second where he three-putted. He made eight pars on the rest of his run to the turn for an outwards trip of 37.
A drive and seven iron on to the 12th green set up the opening birdie of his round and he reached one-under-par with a drive and nine iron to a foot at the 15th. Regulation pars at the 16th and 17th holes left him still in the red but that unusual six left him signing for a 72.
Spa 13-handicapper Philip Burrows won the amateur’s overall nett prize on 41 points while Jessica Ross, who plays off three at Clandeboye, showed her male rivals how it should be done by winning the gross award on 32 points.

Ping PGA Ulster Golfers’ Alliance Tournament at Donaghadee
Professionals: 72 (+1) – G Graham (Portstewart)
73 – B McElhinney (North West), G Wardlow (Spa), C Carvill (Belvoir Pk).
75 – C Molloy (Mayobridge), B Wilson (Shandon Pk).
Amateurs: Overall Nett, 41 pts – P Burrows 13 (Spa).
Category One (8&Under): 40 pts – A Adair 4 (Clandeboye).
37 – A Thompson 8 (Belvoir Pk).
Category Two (9-13): 36 pts – G Hamill 13 (Shandon Pk).
34 – J Connolly 10 (Blackwood).
Category Three (14&Over): 34 pts – J Wilson 15 (Shandon Pk).
23 – S Gurr 23 (Spa).
Gross: 32 pts – Jessica Ross +3 (Clandeboye).
Team: 80 pts – Pro C Molloy (Mayobridge) with J Connolly 10, A Connolly 6 & I Moore 5 (all Blackwood).

Info provided by Tony McGee

Ross targets Ireland call-up following Ulster victory

August 31, 2015
Ulster champion, Jessica Ross

Ulster champion, Jessica Ross

Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) has set her sights on an Irish call-up after winning the Ulster Championship at Lisburn GC.
The 20-year-old, a chemical engineering student at Queen’s University, beat Shannen Brown (The Heath) 2&1 to secure the title.
Victory came as something of a relief for Ross who entered the tournament as favourite following a brilliant six-under par 68 in the final round of the Ladies British Amateur Strokeplay Tournament that saw her finish joint third.
“I felt a bit of pressure but I knew that I was hitting the ball well enough going into the event,” said the plus-two handicapper.
In the final Jessica lost the fourth to a birdie, but hit back with wins at the sixth and eighth to go in front for the first time. Shannen levelled matters before Jessica made a significant move, winning the 15th and 16th, closing out the match with a par on 17.
“I have been playing pretty consistently all season without doing anything spectacular. I think everything sort of came together towards the end there at the British and at Lisburn,” added Jessica who won the Intervarsities Series earlier in the year, as well as the overall Order of Merit.
“I would love to make the Irish team for next year’s European Championship.
“Winning the Ulster Championship and doing so well in the British has given me a lot of confidence. I just have to keep going.”

Ulster Championship at Lisburn
Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) beat Shannen Brown (The Heath) 2&1
Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) beat Louise Coffey (Malone) 8&7
Shannen Brown (The Heath) beat Eleanor Metcalfe (Laytown & Bettystown) 19th
Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) beat Kate Evans (Royal Co. Down Ladies) 5/4
Sara Byrne (Douglas) lost to Louise Coffey (Malone) 1up
Shannen Brown (The Heath) beat Meadhbh Doyle (Portarlington) 4/3
Eleanor Metcalfe (Laytown & Bettystown) beat Rachel Thompson (Cork) 1up
Round One
Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) beat Brooke Hopley (Clandeboye) 2/1
Kate Evans (Royal Co. Down Ladies) beat Olivia McClurg (Belvoir Park) 3/2
Sara Byrne (Douglas) beat Siobhan Greene (Malone) at 19th
Louise Coffey (Malone) beat Laura Doherty (Howth) 4/3
Shannen Brown (The Heath) beat Victoria Craig (Royal Belfast) 4/3
Meadhbh Doyle (Portarlington) beat Ellen O’Gorman (Milltown) 1up
Eleanor Metcalfe (Laytown & Bettystown) beat Emma Forbes (Newtownstewart) 4/2
Rachel Thompson (Cork) beat Danielle Storey (Holywood) 5/4