Julie McCarthy triumphs at Hermitage; two wins in a week
Carolyn Hillery (Lady Captain,) presenting the Dermot Kelly Ltd (Ford Dealers) sponsored 2015 Hermitage Scratch Cup to Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little). Also pictured, Pat McGilloway (Captain), James Kelly (MD, Dermot Kelly Ltd) and runner up Ciara Casey (Hermitage). Picture by Pat Cashman

Carolyn Hillery (Lady Captain,) presenting the Dermot Kelly Ltd (Ford Dealers) sponsored 2015 Hermitage Scratch Cup to Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little). Also pictured, Pat McGilloway (Captain), James Kelly (MD, Dermot Kelly Ltd) and runner up Ciara Casey (Hermitage). Picture by Pat Cashman

Forrest Little's Julie McCarthy added a 72 to her opening 79 to edge out home hope Ciara Casey by a stroke for the 44th Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup and her second big win in the space of a week.

Runner up Ciara Casey (Hermitage) playing from the bunker at the 7th. Picture by Pat Cashman

Ciara opened with a fine 72 but a 78 after lunch forced her to settle for second on 150 with Malone's Louise Coffey taking third.

It was a second success in the space of a few days for Julie, who won the girls' title in the Faldo Series Ireland Championship at Lough Erne last week.

44th Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup

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  1. Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) 149 77  72 
  2. Ciara Casey (Hermitage) 1 150 72 78 
  3. Louise Coffey (Malone) 1 151 77 74 
  4. Deirdre Smith (Co. Louth) 0 151 76 75 
  5. Jessica Ross (Donaghadee) 1 152 77 75 
  6. Sarah Cunningham (Ennis) 1 154 77 77 
  7. Valerie Clancy (Killarney) 4 155 77 78 
  8. Aedin Murphy (Carlow) 1 156 79 77 
  • Best Nett 36 Holes: Sarah Lacey (Castleknock) 6 149 78 71 
  • 2nd Best Nett 36 Holes: Jenny Hennessy (Lahinch) 5 151 76 75 
  • Best Gross R1Sheena McElroy (Grange) 2 77 
  • Best Gross R2:Tara Gribben (Warrenpoint) 2 78
  • Best Nett R1Elisa Corcoran (Grange) 5 72 
  • Best Nett R2Niamh Giblin (Dun Laoghaire) 5 75 
  • Senior Prize (Over 50) Nett 36 HolesMargaret McAuliffe (Ballybunion) 6 157 80 77 
  • Junior Prize (Under 16) Nett 36 HolesLauren Walsh (Castlewarden) 6 151 75 76 
Ciara Casey lining up her putt on the 9th green with her father Donal in the Dermot Kelly Ltd (Ford Dealers) sponsored 2015 Hermitage Scratch Cup at Hermitage Golf Club. (05/2015).  Picture by Pat Cashman

Ciara Casey lining up her putt on the 9th green with her father Donal in the Dermot Kelly Ltd (Ford Dealers) sponsored 2015 Hermitage Scratch Cup at Hermitage Golf Club. (05/2015).  Picture by Pat Cashman