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Home of Golf Awaits after Coronation Foursomes Area Final Glory

​Four Irish golfers are looking forward to the dream chance of teeing up at the ‘Home of Golf’ in the final of one of the largest domestic golf participation events.

  • 09 August 2018

Four Irish golfers are looking forward to the dream chance of teeing up at the ‘Home of Golf’ in the final of one of the largest domestic golf participation events.

The team pairing of Maria Downey and Bessie Brophy, along with Marian Hamilton and Irene Currie, have successfully qualified for the final of the 2018 Coronation Foursomes in St Andrews after winning their respective Area Finals.

At Delgany in Co Wicklow on 23 July, Downey and Brophy from Castlecomer GC emerged victorious on 36 points (winning on the back 9).

Wendy Hogan and Geraldine Lynch from Newlands GC were pipped into the runner-up spot, with Susanne Phillips and Liz O’Dwyer (Woodbrook GC) third on 34 points. 

Meantime, at Moyola Park, Co. Derry on 2 August, Hamilton and Currie from Portstewart GC came out on top with 39 points.

Rosi Armstrong and Catherine McQuillan from Lisburn GC took second spot on 37 points, with the pairing of Julie McKee and Emma Leslie (from home club Moyola Park GC) third on 34 points. The second and third-placed teams at the Area Finals received vouchers for their efforts.

Downey, Brophy, Hamilton and Currie will now be among the 32 finalists who will tee up at the Eden Course at the ‘Home of Golf’ in St Andrews on Monday 24 September. They will also stay at the prestigious Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa and have the chance to book a place in the Pro-Am for the 2019 Women's British Open.

They will seek more Irish success as it was Siobhan Behan and Lorraine Walsh from Killeen in Ireland who took the title in 2017, amassing 41 points in the handicap stableford foursomes format to finish one point ahead of Hayston duo, Susan Thom and Joyce Woollon from Scotland.

Women and girls from golf clubs across Great Britain and Ireland have been competing among thousands of golfers in the Coronation Foursomes to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the iconic event.
As part of The R&A’s continuing drive to encourage more women and girls into playing golf, the event celebrates the camaraderie, companionship and friendly competition that women and girls have enjoyed over the last 64 years.

Local competitions were organised by golf clubs in Great Britain and Ireland to give golfers the opportunity to reach the Grand Final.
The best 100 scores based on nett differential then qualified for the Area Finals, held at 16 venues around Great Britain and Ireland in July and August, before the top 16 teams book their trip to St Andrews (including travel and awards dinner) for the finale.

Established in 1953 to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation, the team event is open to all members of affiliated golf clubs in Great Britain and Ireland who hold a current CONGU handicap of 36 or under.
Over 25,000 competitors from 1,200 clubs took part last year with more encouraged to tee it up in 2018 for the chance to etch their names in the Coronation Foursomes roll of honour.

The Eden Course is one of seven courses at St Andrews Links. Opened in 1914, the Eden Course was designed by Harry S Colt and is named after the Eden estuary.

Please visit the Coronation Foursomes page at randa.org to find out more information.