Walker Cup — Enjoy yourselves and don't forget to ask for help. That was the advice of world No 22 Shane Lowry to Ireland's five representatives ahead of this weekend's Walker Cup. And with four of them hoping to win their cards at Q-School—starting next week with Gary Hurley in the 11-man contingent at The Roxburghe—the winner off the 2009 Irish Open as an amateur reminded them that National Coach Neil Manchip is never more than a phone call away.
New caps for Women’s Home Internationals
Women's Home Internationals — Four players who represented Ireland at the Ladies European Team Championships will be joined by four new senior caps for the women's Home International Matches, which started at Royal Wimbledon today.
Irish Champion Sarah Helly (Enniscrone) proved her worth at the Irish Ladies Close at Rosapenna Golf Club and will be a welcome addition to the team. Three in-form members of the Irish girls team for the European Team Championships will make up the remaining spots: Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little), Niamh McSherry (Lurgan) and Annabel Wilson (Lurgan).
The team strikes the perfect mix of youth and experience and will be captained by Sinead Keane for the second consecutive year. Donal Scott will travel with the ladies as coach and Valerie Hassett will join as manager.
Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL) has notably been the most dominant Irish player this season and will be looking to ignite that extra spark, which could spur the team to a winning performance.
Mehaffey, recently crowned 2015 LGU Order of Merit winner will be fully focused on helping her team capture the Miller Trophy before jetting off to Germany to join her Junior Solheim Cup teammates ahead of the Junior Solheim Cup matches at St. Leon-Rot GC in Germany.
The Irish Team face a tough battle from England, Scotland and Wales but will be seeking revenge after England very narrowly pipped them in the first round of matchplay at the Ladies European Team Championships earlier this year.
Irish Ladies Home International Team – Royal Wimbledon Golf Club, 9-11 September 2015
- Maria Dunne (Skerries)
- Paula Grant (Lisburn)
- Sara Helly (Enniscrone)
- Olivia Mahaffey (Royal County Down Ladies)
- Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little)
- Niamh McSherry (Lurgan)
- Chloe Ryan (Castletroy)
- Annabel Wilson (Lurgan)
- Team Captain: Sinead Keane. Team Manager: Valerie Hassett. Team Coach: Donal Scott.
Good field for Munster Veterans
Munster Veterans Championship — Branch chairman John Moloughney, Lahinch legend Greg Young and Irish team captain Tony Goode are three of the entries for the Munster Veterans which takes place on the Castle Course at Lahinch on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th September.
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The Championship is for players over 65 with 18 holes of strokeplay each day. Prizes will be awarded to the Winner, Runner-up, Third, Best Nett 36 holes, 2nd Nett 36 holes, 3rd Nett 36 holes, Best Gross 1st 18, Best Nett 1st 18, Best Gross 2nd 18, Best Nett 2nd 18.
Cowley leads Leinster Veterans
Leinster Veterans Championship — Cork's Peter Cowley has a two stroke lead after the opening round of the Leinster Veterans Amateur Open at Seafield. He shot a five over 75 to lead from Birr's Billy Donlon (77).
Results Round 1 CSS: 74 R/O Par: 70
75 Peter Cowley (Cork)
77 Billy Donlon (Birr)
79 Joe Crowley (Athy), Mervyn Eager (Lucan), Gerry O'Keeffe (Waterford), Brian Grieve (Scotland)
82 Robert Edgar (Blackpool North Shore), William J O'Brien (Ballykisteen), Bert Burke (Moate)
83 Alistair Smith (Blainroe), Joe Keegan (Courtown), John Cuffe (Monkstown)
84 Hugh Donnelly (Lisheen Springs)
85 Joe Llewellyn (The Heath)
86 John McCann (Co. Louth), John Bourke (Castle)
87 T A Conway (Clandeboye), Peter O'Flanagan (Woodbrook), Ken Newens (Castlerock), Brian Williams (Grange)
88 John O'Donoghue (Tipperary), Sean Lynch (Minchinhampton), Paul Hautz (Delgany)
89 Dick Croke (Portlaoise), John Noonan (Grange), John Houlihan (Dooks)
90 Sean F. Hosty (Galway), Kenneth Burns (Lisburn)
91 Tadg Mannion (Athlone), Michael Foley (Faithlegg)
92 Tony McGlynn (Craddockstown)
93 Patrick Desmond (The Island), John Mulhall (Rush)
94 Brian Campbell (Broadway), George Leech (Enniscorthy)
95 Norman Bissett (Lisburn)
96 William Leggett (The Island)
97 Gerry Mulholland (Antrim), Tom McLoughlin (Curragh)
98 Larry Cullen (Rush), Patrick Coyne (Dun Laoghaire)
100 Nick Brittan (Carton House)
102 John Derek McGilton (Clandeboye)
106 John Heverin (Narin & Portnoo)
108 Dudley Coyle (North West)
DQ Liam O'Hagan (Narin & Portnoo), Arthur Bell (Greencastle), Sean McNamara (Killorglin), Richard Cotter (Delgany), Sean Crudden (Greenore), Frank Quinn (Galway), Podge Dolan (Rush)