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Ciara Casey claims Ulster Women’s Championship

May 31, 2017

(l-r) Ray Gregg, Hon Sect, Ulster District ILGU; Ciara Casey (The Hermitage) and Dr Joan Millar, Chair, Ulster District ILGU

Ciara Casey (The Hermitage) was crowned Ulster Women’s Champion at Moyola Park on Tuesday beating Emma Forbes (Royal Portrush) 2&1 in the final.
Casey, a member of the ILGU’s High Performance panel, who won the Leinster Girls’ Championship in 2015 was made to battle hard by Forbes.
The pair were locked together after nine holes and Casey found herself one down after 12 but she finished strongly, winning the 15th, 16th and 17th to grab her first senior title.
“I’m absolutely delighted, it was a great week at Moyola Park,” said the 19-year-old who will take up a golf scholarship at Maynooth University in September.

“There was some really good golf played in the final. I was approximately one under through those opening nine holes. Emma played well but I just sort of hung in there towards the end and kept making important pars.”

The Junior Championship was won by Temple’s Dawn Scarborough who beat home favourite, Mary O’Kane 4&3 in the final.
“I was slightly surprised to be honest, especially after watching Mary hole a putt of around 40 feet on the first,” said Dawn, a 12 handicapper.
“I have played in the Ulster Championship for a number of years and it does prove that once you make it through the stroke play qualifying anything can happen in the match-play stages.”
Massereene’s Lucy Simpson, who topped the stroke play qualifying rounds with a total of 152, one shot ahead of Casey, was forced to withdraw from the match-play rounds following a family illness.

Ulster Women’s Championship results


Flanagan putts McLarnon to the sword in North of Ireland Amateur Championship final

July 17, 2016
Sean Flanagan (Co. Sligo) winner of the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship with Eamonn O'Connor (Chairman Ulster Branch GUI) at Portrush Golf Club, Portrush on Friday 15th July 2016. Picture: Thos Caffrey /

Sean Flanagan (Co. Sligo) winner of the North of Ireland Amateur Open Championship with Eamonn O’Connor (Chairman Ulster Branch GUI) at Portrush Golf Club, Picture: Thos Caffrey /

There’s still something in the old golfing adage that you ‘drive for show and putt for dough’.
Maynooth University student Sean Flanagan (Co Sligo) put on a putting masterclass to beat Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene) 3&1 in the final of the Cathedral Eye Clinic North of Ireland Championship at Royal Portrush.
Two up with seven to play the 20-year-old came under pressure from McLarnon, the reiging Irish Close Champion, but kept him at bay by holing vital putts at the 14th, 15th and 16th to earn his first major amateur title.
“If I missed those three putts, I was one down playing 17. It would have been a different story then,” said Sean.
“If I play well I’d like to think I’m confident with the putter and definitely that is the reason I won this week – it saved me.
“When I saw it was wet and breezy today it didn’t phase me. It played into my hands a bit.
“It reminded me of playing in the West [of Ireland Championship]. I knew I didn’t have to play flashy golf and par golf would be good enough. It was a bit different in the final, par wasn’t
“It’s a massive victory and a huge stepping stone for me. Hopefully I will be in the mix for the Home International team.”

McLarnon grabbed an early lead, winning the second with a birdie after Flanagan found a bunker off the tee but the Co Sligo man rolled in a 20 footer on the third for birdie to level things.
Both golfers missed the green at the sixth but while McLarnon failed to get up and down, Flanagan holed from 15 feet for a winning par.
Tiernan levelled matters at the seventh after Flanagan lost a ball off the tee but he fell behind again on the eighth, losing the hole to par.
Another missed par putt from McLarnon on the ninth saw Flanagan take a two hole lead at the turn and a McLarnon concession extended it to three holes at the 10th.
The Irish Champion fought back by winning the 11th but that was as good as it got. Flanagan holed crucial putts – all from outside 10 feet – at 14, 15 and 16 to stay out of reach.
“The reading of the greens as well was massive. I had Dec (Declan Reidy) on the bag and when we agreed on a point, it made it a lot easier to commit and see the ball go into the hole,” added Sean.
“I was seeing the break but just to have it confirmed to me makes it easier to commit to the line.”

When McLarnon’s tee shot at the 17th plugged in the face of the famous ‘Big Nellie’ bunker it signalled the end. Forced to come out sideways he finally reached the green in four and when his par putt from 18 feet missed, he conceded the match.
“I just didn’t get the putts, he putted better than me,” said McLarnon.
“He holed three 12 footers in a row. I could easily have been one up with a couple to play.
“It was a tough day but I will come back again.”
In the morning semi-finals Flanagan beat fellow Maynooth University student, Jordan Hood (Galgorm Castle) 4&3 while McLarnon saw off Dermot McElroy (Ballymena) 3&2.
The winner was celebrating on the double as he became the first Co Sligo player to succeed at a championship since the great Cecil Ewing.

Tiarnan McLarnon bt Dermot McElroy 3&2
Sean Flanagan bt Jordan Hood 4&2
Sean Flanagan bt Tiarnan McLarnon 3&1.