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Scratch Cup Circuit success for Paula Grant

​​​The aim of the ILGU Scratch Cup Circuit is to promote participation in scratch cups hosted by Clubs across the country

  • 13 August 2019

​Caption: Paula Grant (Lisburn), Pat Cashman

As the Royal Portrush – Zara Bolton Trophy, rescheduled due to hosting of The Open, was finalised at the weekend, Paula Grant (Lisburn) was confirmed as the ILGU Scratch Cup Circuit winner. 

The aim of the ILGU Scratch Cup Circuit is to promote participation in scratch cups hosted by Clubs across the country and points are awarded to competing players for scores less than or equal to CSS+3.

Junior International Aine Donegan won both the Carlow Scratch Cup and her home event at Lahinch, but difficult conditions on both days accommodated higher scoring and consequently less Scratch Cup Circuit points. 

Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden) broke from her Leaving Cert examination studies to win the Woodbrook Scratch Cup while Eleanor Metcalfe and Beth Coulter won the Hermitage and Mabel Harrison Royal Portrush events respectively. 

Grant blew the field away at the Royal County Down Scratch Cup with scores of 73, 70 for a nine under par total – nine shots ahead of Co. Louth’s Deirdre Smith. This win secured Grant 42 of her 62 total points on the circuit. 

The finale of the circuit at the Dunluce Links in Royal Portrush saw Smith take honours by two shots from Metcalfe. Smith, who won the Circuit in 2018, ultimately finished tied for second this year alongside Lucy Simpson (Massereene). 
Winner of the Zara Bolton Trophy - Deirdre Smith.jpg
Caption: Royal Portrush Lady Captain Elizabeth McCartney with Zara Bolton Trophy winner Deirdre Smith


ILGU Scratch Cup Circuit Winners
Carlow: Aine Donegan (Lahinch)
Hermitage: Eleanor Metcalfe (Laytown & Bettystown)
Woodbrook: Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden)
Lahinch: Aine Donegan (Lahinch) (reduced to one round due to inclement weather)
Royal County Down: Paula Grant (Lisburn)
Royal Portrush (Mabel Harrison): Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle)
Royal Portrush (Zara Bolton): Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth)
*Cork: Cancelled due to inclement weather