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Caption: Annabel Wilson (Lurgan) with the U18 Cartier Trophy
Six Irish were in action this week at the French International U21 Championship at Saint-Cloud in Paris from the 13 - 17 of April.
Irish Girls' Team Captain Gemma Butler and Coach Chris Jelly travelled with the group which included Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little), Mairead Martin (Kanturk), Annabel Wilson (Lurgan), Valerie Clancy (Killarney) and Niamh McSherry (Lurgan). Meadhbh Doyle (Portarlington/MU) is also in the international field of 97.
Martin qualified for the Matchplay stages tied for 28th position after scores of +4, -2 and would compete for the U21 Esmond Trophy. Teammate Julie McCarthy was on the bag for Mairead as she overcame two very highly ranked Swedes; Julie Engstrom on the 19th and Frida Kinhult 2up. Martin then bowed out to her third Swedish opponent of the week - beaten finalist Beatrice Wallin 3&2 in the last 8.
Lurgan's rising star Annabel Wilson qualified to fight for the U18 Cartier Trophy with scores of -3 and +5. Wilson overcame three French opponents as she made her way to the 36 hole final where she met Elsa Ettori-Douard - also from France. With teammate and clubmate Niamh McSherry on the bag Wilson found herself 4up after the first 18 holes before she eventually closed out the match 3&2 to take home the Cartier Trophy and the U18 French title.
Captain Gemma Butler remarked on a winning week for the Irish Girls', "We've had a fantastic week with so many great performances. For Mairead to get to the last 8 of the Esmond Trophy and Annabel to win the Cartier Trophy is just amazing for Irish Girls' golf. It was great to see Julie and Niamh out caddying in the matchplay stages and this really made the difference. These girls are role models for the up and coming generation! Myself and Chris (Girls' Coach) are delighted with the results as well as exhausted after all the tension!"
Results available HERE and HERE