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Walsh and Foster show form in US

​Last weekend Castlewarden’s Lauren Walsh completed her maiden individual US​ while Foster made her Auburn debut.

  • 22 October 2020

​Caption: Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden) | Golffile

Last weekend Castlewarden’s Lauren Walsh completed her maiden individual US win with a stunning five stroke success at the Grandover Resort Women’s Griffith Amateur in Greensboro.

The Kildare native began Sunday’s final round with a two-stroke advantage over Isabel Amezcua with the pair well clear of the field, and while Amezcua could only manage a six-over par 78 to finish, Walsh had shots in hand before signing for a two-over par 74 to sign off on a five stroke victory.

It was a final round that included four birdies for the now Wake Forest star who was quick to announce herself on the collegiate scene with six top-25 finishes in her curtailed freshman season as well as an honourable mention All-American for the Demon Deacons.

The win will prove a massive boost to Walsh who finished last season with a stroke average of 72.37, not just in precious ranking points but also justification in her decision to return stateside amid Covid-19 and get back playing and competing.

It was something Walsh spoke about just prior to Greensboro in a Golfweek USA Today article where she contributed a first-hand blog post about life at Wake Forest and how unlikely she thought it was that she would get back to college at all this year.

Now, not only is Walsh back but she’s in the winner’s enclosure too. Full scoring HERE
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Caption: Anna Foster (Elm Park) | Golffile

Meanwhile, Julie McCarthy is not the only Irish Auburn Tiger making headlines. The Auburn women’s golf team fired a 4-under 284 in the third and final round Wednesday to move up two spots and finish third in The Ally at Old Waverly.

The Elm Park freshman, Anna Foster, finished inside the top 40 individually. Foster, playing in her first collegiate tournament, was third on the team with nine birdies for the week.

“The ‘best day for last day’ came to fruition,” Auburn head coach Melissa Luellen said. “I am pleased with the grit from all our players for digging deep for every shot. These girls love ‘team golf.’ It was a fun day on the course.”

Auburn’s 284 in the third round was matched only by South Carolina, the tournament champion. Full results HERE

The Tigers will wrap up the fall schedule next month with the Liz Murphey Fall Collegiate Classic, held Nov. 6-8 at the UGA Golf Course in Athens, Georgia.