Irish Women 9th, Girls' 10th at European Team Championships

​​​​​​​​​​​European Team Championships, July 11 - 15

  • 15 July 2017

​Caption: Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL) (Photo: Pat Cashman)

Women's European Team Championship Qualifying Results HERE
Girls' European Team Championship Qualifying Results HERE​​​

Women's European Team Championships
Flight B - Final - July 15
Ireland (3.5) vs. France​ (1.5)
Sinead Sexton & Chloe Ryan beat Emma Grechi & Manon Molle 1 hole
Olivia Mehaffey beat Mathilda Cappeliez 2&1
Julie McCarthy lost to Marion Veysseyre 2&1
Maria Dunne beat Chloe Salort 2 holes
Paula Grant halved with Shannon Aubert

Flight B - Semi Finals - 14 July
Ireland (3.5) vs. Czech Republic (1.5)
Sinead Sexton & Chloe Ryan halved with Jana Melichova & Frantiska Lunackova
Olivia Mehaffey lost to Katerina Vlasinova 5&4
Maria Dunne beat Kristyna Frydlova 1 hole
Julie McCarthy beat Hana Ryskova 3&1
Paula Grant beat Tereza Melecka 3&1

Flight B - Quarter Finals - 13 July
Ireland (4) vs. Slovakia (1)
Sinead Sexton & Chloe Ryan lost to Natalia Heckova & Anika Bolcikova 2&1
Olivia Mehaffey beat Johanka Steindleroa 6&4
Maria Dunne beat Rebecca Hnidkova 2&1
Julie McCarthy beat Alexandra Patakova 5&4
Paula Grant beat Sara Zrnikova 9&7

Girls' European Team Championships
Flight B - Final - July 15
Ireland (2) vs. Finland (3)
Sara Byrne & Lauren Walsk lost to Matilda Svahn & Kerttu Hiltunen 2&1
Annabel Wilson beat Erika Danielsson 4&3
Valerie Clancy lost to Anna Backman 6&5
Rachel Thompson lost to Daniella Barrett 3&2
Mairead Martin beat Elina Saksa 4&3

Flight B - Semi Finals - July 14
Ireland (3) vs. Slovenia (2)
Rachel Thompson & Valerie Clancy beat Inja Fric & Neza Siftar 5&3
Annabel Wilson beat Hana Mirnik 6&5
Lauren Walsh lost to Vida Obersnel 3&2
Sara Byrne lost to Pia Babnik 1 hole
Mairead Martin beat Lara Jecnik 3&1

Flight B - Quarter Finals - July 13
Ireland (3) vs. Norway (2)
Valerie Clancy & Rachel Thompson lost to Anna Krekling & Julie Boysen Hillestad 4&2
Lauren Walsh lost to Franziska Sliper 3&2
Annabel Wilson beat Tina Mazarino 2&1
Sara Byrne beat Emilie Overas 20th
Mairead Martin beat Mia Sandtorv Lussand 3&2

European Team Championships Qualifying
The Irish Women fought hard on the second qualifying day of the European Team Championships in Portugal. With 5 from 6 scores to count each round, Ireland were -3 for the day moving them up the leaderboard to 10th position overall, just 3 shots short of qualifying for the top flight of matchplay. 

It was an even more disappointing day for the Girls' Team in Finland after they began so positively. Rounds of 72, 68 left Annabel Wilson tied for 3rd individually while Lauren Walsh carded scores of 70 and 73 for a top 20 finish. The team finished in 12th position however and now qualify for the 2nd flight in ​which they emerged victorious in last year. They will face Norway in the first of their matches on Thursday morning.

Women's European Team Championships Qualifying Round 1​
T14 Paula Grant (-4)​
T24 Olivia Mehaffey (-2)
T34 Maria Dunne (Par)
T61 Julie McCarthy (+3)
T83 Chloe Ryan (+7)
T104 Sinead Sexton (+13)

Girls' European Team Championship Qualifying Round 1
T3 Annabel Wilson (-4)​
T18 Lauren Walsh (-1)
T63 Sara Byrne (+7)
T85 Mairead Martin (+11)
T91 Rachel Thompson (+12)
T91 Valerie Clancy (+12)

Team Captains Danielle McVeigh and Gemma Butler will bring strong teams to the European Women and Girls’ Team Championships this week. 
Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Champion Maria Dunne (Skerries) alongside fellow Curtis Cup and Vagliano Trophy teammate Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL) will lead an experienced team to Portugal for the Women’s European Team Championships. Paula Grant (Lisburn), Chloe Ryan (Castletroy) and Sinead Sexton (Lahinch) who have all represented at European Team Championships in the past, will be joined by Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) who will be making her Senior International debut.

Irish Women’s European Team
Montado, Portugal (July 11 – 15)
Maria Dunne (Skerries)
Paula Grant (Lisburn)
Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little)
Olivia Mehaffey (Royal County Down Ladies)
Chloe Ryan (Castletroy)
Sinead Sexton (Lahinch)

Team Captain: Danielle McVeigh (Royal County Down Ladies)
Team Coach: Donal Scott

French U18 Champion Annabel Wilson (Lurgan) alongside Valerie Clancy (Killarney), Mairead Martin (Kanturk) and Rachel Thompson (Cork) will return from the 2016 Girls’ European Team. They will be joined by Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden), who holed the winning put at the Girls’ Home International matches on her Irish debut in Conwy last year, and Sara Byrne (Douglas) who having posted some very positive results thus far in 2017, most impressively a 3rd place finish at the prestigious Fairhaven Trophy earlier this month, earned herself a spot on the Junior Vagliano Trophy team who competed against the Continent of Europe in Italy last week.

“Myself and Chris are really looking forward to heading with this team to Finland,” said Team Captain Gemma Butler, “the girls have had some fantastic results so far this year and after winning the second flight at the 2016 European Championships, we are excited to build on that result this time around.”

Irish Girls’ European Team
St. Laurence, Finland (July 11 – 15)
Sara Byrne (Douglas)
Valerie Clancy (Killarney)
Mairead Martin (Kanturk)
Rachel Thompson (Cork)
Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden)
Annabel Wilson (Lurgan)

Team Captain: Gemma Butler (Birr)
Team Coach: Chris Jelly