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Dun Laoghaire Lady Captain, Barbara (centre) with the finalists Bray and Foxrock - Roisin Lambe, Meadowe Holt, Caoimhe Purcell and Sophie Madden -Bray GC and Grace Keane, Pia Simmons, Eabha Keane and Isabel Kearns - Foxrock GC.
This really hasn't been a great year for our 'youngsters'. But there were a few bright days despite everything.
March saw the last of the Junior Winter Series due to be played on the 14th March in Roganstown cancelled due to Coronavirus and we all went into 'lockdown' for March / April. Nobody going anywhere and our lovely golf courses deserted until June. We knew many of our 'youngsters' were cooped up and dying to get out into the fresh air and play some golf. Our Junior Committee took it upon themselves to organise some events to release some of the pent-up energy.
Royal Tara GC who were to host the cancelled Leinster Women's Championship 24th. – 26th. July very kindly agreed to host a Junior Girls tournament on the 24th July instead. Under the guidance of Brenda Craig (Chair Junior Development - Roganstown) and Evelyn Tolan (Area Junior Convenor - Balbriggan) a very successful event was held. Unfortunately, is was a wet day but there were some fantastic scores. Winner on the day, Isabelle Banim (35) - Lahinch with 43 points on count back from Grace Reilly (24) Royal Tara. The gross was won by Hannah Guerin (5) Royal Tara with 39 points. In all 50 Girls played in the competition.
The girls were exemplary in the way they conducted themselves abiding with all the COVID19 protocols and still enjoying their day. Well done girls. Our sincere thanks to Royal Tara, particularly Lady Captain Barbara, Hon Sec Anne and Lucia Farrell for their support and assistance.
A second event was scheduled for Castlewarden for August 9th. Unfortunately, due to COVID19 restrictions in Laois, Offaly and Kildare this event had to be cancelled. Thank you Castlewarden GC sorry we couldn't make it – another time maybe?
Where now? Dun Laoghaire on the 17th August.
As the golf clubs opened up in June, the Lady Captain of Dun Laoghaire, Barbara Dillon, decided to organise a Girls Junior Matchplay competition to be played for by her neighbouring clubs. Barbara, herself a fine golfer, was keen to introduce girls to the art of matchplay and thought this would be an ideal opportunity given that most girls were confined to "barracks". Limited to 16 teams, the clubs played their matches on a home and away basis over a period of weeks with the final to be played on the 17th August. With the assistance of the Area Junior Convenor, Darina Heavey (Killiney) they set about organising the matchplay and also a stokeplay competition to run on the same day as the matchplay finals. There was also a Plate matchplay competition run in conjunction with the main event.
On Monday 17th. August the weather was atrocious to put it mildly! Fair dos the girls got out there and like good sports people got on with the job.
In the matchplay final Bray v Foxrock, Bray emerged the winners while in the Plate final Edmondstown eased out Killiney to bring home the spoils.
The strokeplay competition, was won by Sophie Sharp (10) Royal Tara with 39 points while the Gross winner was Emily Murray (4) Co. Louth on 29 GPs.
A BIG THANK YOU to Lady Captain Barbara and her team in Dun Laoghaire. We look forwarding to returning next year and will keep an eagle eye out for the notification.
For further details on the results go to Golfnet.ie – More – Junior Golf – underage events
To all the girls, mums and dads and our Junior Development Committee and convenors THANK YOU for brightening up our 'youngsters' Summer.
As always, our thanks to Carla in the office, CGI and the Golf4Girls4Life programme for their ongoing encouragement and support of our 'youngsters'.
Keep safe, keep your distance, keep well and keep golfing – see you soon we hope.