Women rewarded by Team Ireland

Top trio Martina Gillen, Rebecca Coakley and Claire Coughlan have been handed a massive cash boost by the Team Ireland Golf Trust.

The Ladies European Tour aces were awarded the top allocation of €20,000 each as they bid to make an impact this season and challenge for Solheim Cup honours on home soil in 2011.

Coughlan and Gillen graduated from the amateur ranks last season, joining Coakley on the LET.

Just €205,000 was awarded to 15 players this season - compared to €280,000 to 23 players last term - as the Trust opted to concentrate its resources.

Challenge Tour hopefuls Stephen Browne, Michael Hoey, Michael McGeady, Brian McElhinney and Colm Moriarty got €15,000 each.

Administered by the Irish Sport Council, the Trust is designed to boost the number of Irish pros on the international tours.

The Irish Sports Council and Failte Ireland provide financial backing along with private sector interests ONE51, O’Callaghan Hotels and the PGA European Tour.

Trust Chairman Padraig O’hUiginn said: "We are here for the golfers and I hope we will continue to support the next generation of young players so that Ireland retains its status as a major golfing nation."

Team Ireland Golf Trust Grants 2007
Total €205,000 - Claire Coughlan, Martina Gillen, Rebecca Coakley (€20,000 each); Stephen Browne, Michael Hoey, Michael McGeady, Colm Moriarty, Brian McElhinney (€15,000 each); Damian Mooney, David Mortimer, Simon Thornton, David Jones, Michael McDermott, Gareth Maybin, Noel Fox (€10,000 each).