Beth Coulter from Kirkistown Castle golf club on the shore of County Down is the AIG Irish Women’s Close Champion after a dominating display at Grange Golf Club.

Having qualified tied for 11th place, Coulter was unhappy with her showing in the stroke-play but switched mindset heading into the match play where she really showed her form.

“I suppose in stroke play it’s all about qualifying and it doesn’t matter where you do it, 1st or 32nd,” she said.

“It was great to gain a bit of confidence from those early matches though and then go and finish the job today.”

The final was a repeat of the Irish Girls’ Close Championship final at Galway in 2019, where Coulter won her first National underage title beating the then AIG Irish Women’s Close Champion Sara Byrne of Douglas Golf Club.

“This is the 3rd time I’ve played Sara in a final, I thought she was maybe going to go out and do it, third time lucky for her, but I got out of the blocks quickly and kept my foot on the pedal and thankfully it went my way.”

The 18-year-old won the Ulster Women’s Championship earlier this year and already has two Irish Girls’ Close Championships to her name. She does intend however to attempt to win a 3rd Girls Close title later this summer at Kilkeel Golf Club, something that hasn’t been achieved since Pamela Murphy of The Island in the late 90’s.

Before then, however, Coulter has a run of International events, beginning with the Women’s Amateur Championship next week at Hunstaunton Golf Club in England.

“It’s been a marathon,” she finished. “It’s like I’ve been here for a week but it feels great after last year coming second and I’m delighted to finish the job. I’ll celebrate this tonight at home and get ready for the next one.”

Olivia Mehaffey won this title in 2016, Leona Maguire in 2012, beating Stephanie Meadow in the Final and again in 2008, and her sister Lisa in 2009.



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