The first scratch event of the 2013 ladies amateur golf season tees off at Royal Co. Down with their annual Scratch Salver 36 hole event on Sunday 24th March.
Defending champion Paula Grant (Lisburn) will set out to claim back-to-back titles while the Maguire twins Leona and Lisa are sure to grace the winner’s enclosure as Ireland’s top female players return to the fairways after the winter break. Hot on their heels will be the in form Jessica Carty (Holywood) and Chloe Ryan (Castletroy) who, like Grant, have already performed impressively in overseas competition. Local favourite Olivia Mehaffey (RCD Ladies) is also sure to feature as she kick starts her season that will hopefully include selection on the GB&I Junior Vagliano Trophy team to play Europe at the end of June.
The Royal Co. Down Scratch Salver, kindly sposored by Happy Dog, marks the first event of the ILGU’s Scratch Cup Circuit which takes place over the coming weeks. Players will record four of their best performances from the six scratch events with the Champion crowned following the Zara Bolton Trophy at Royal Portrush on Sunday 19th May.
TIMESHEET – ROYAL CO. DOWN SCRATCH SALVER, SUNDAY 24 MARCH 1st TEE 07.50 LISA MAGUIRE PAULA GRANT 08.00 DEIRDRE SMITH SARAH CUNNINGHAM LUCY SIMPSON 08.10 KAREN DELANEY SINEAD SEXTON EMMA O’DRISCOLL 08.20 OLIVIA MEHAFFEY CARLA REYNOLDS SHEENA MCELROY 08.30 LAURA DOHERTY ARIANA COYLE DIAZ NIAMH MCSHERRY 08.40 SHANNON HEEREY JULIE MC CARTHY BROOKE HOPLEY 08.50 FIONNUALA MCGRADY SHANNON BURKE CARMEL CAHILL 09.00 RUTH MAGUIRE LOUISE HANRATTY MARY CLANCY 09.10 TONI MCDONAGH HONORIA FOGARTY MARY KIELY
10th TEE 07.50 LEONA MAGUIRE GILLIAN O’LEARY 08.00 LOUISE COFFEY CHLOE RYAN VICTORIA BRADSHAW 08.10 AEDIN MURPHY JESSICA CARTY MARIA DUNNE 08.20 AMY FARRELL JESSICA ROSS KELSEY COEY 08.30 VIOLET MC BRIDE CHLOE WEIR MARILYN HENDERSON 08.40 NIAMH WARD ANITA MC CAW LAURA FEKKES 08.50 ROISIN BRADY VICTORIA CRAIG TERESA ROSS 09.00 URSULA O’REILLY SINEAD MC VEIGH ANNABEL WILSON 09.10 SOPHIE HARRISON HELEN COCKS CLARE CALVERT
ILGU SCRATCH CUP CIRCUIT Sunday, 24 Mar: Ladies Scratch Salver, Royal Co. Down Saturday, 13 Apr: Ladies Scratch Cup, Cork Sunday, 21 Apr: Ladies Scratch Cup, Woodbrook Saturday, 27 Apr: Vaughan Trophy, Lahinch Sunday, 5 May: Ladies Scratch Cup, Hermitage Sunday, 19 May: Zara Bolton Trophy, Royal Portrush