Irish Squad at British U16 Amateur

​​Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle) finished runner up at the Girls’ U16 Amateur Championship in 2018

  • 26 April 2019

​Caption: Beth Coulter at the 2019 Irish Girls' Open Stroke Play (Image: Golffile)

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event at the renowned York venue, a starting field of 90 girl golfers, aged from 11 to 16 years old, will look to emulate the first champion, Scotland’s Hannah Darling.

An excellent entry of 125 golfers resulted in a handicap ballot cut off at 6.3— compared to 9.9 last year—with players from 12 countries, one more than in 2018. Competitors will come from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The championship is a World Amateur Golf Ranking™ counting event for the first time, providing an extra incentive for the competitors.

The 54-hole stroke play event was introduced last year as part of The R&A’s drive to boost the girls’ game in Great Britain and Ireland and beyond, as well as provide a pathway to the elite amateur level for leading young players.

Twelve months ago, Darling holed a closing 40-foot birdie putt to seal a dramatic victory and become the inaugural recipient of The Angela Uzielli Trophy. Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle) had looked set for a wire-to-wire victory, leading by a stroke with the par-5 18th to play, only to go out of bounds after her second shot hit a tree.

This year, Coulter is joined by the ILGU U16 Development Squad led by Michelle Carroll and David Kearney.

Round 1 Tee Times available HERE

Irish Players
Emma Fleming (Elm Park)
Olivia McCrystal (Holywood)
Corrina Griffin (Killarney)
Rebekah Gardner (Carnalea)
Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle)
Anna Dawson (Tramore)
Katie Poots (Knock)
Molly O’Hara (Clandeboye)​