Ciara Casey retains Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup
On the Double......Defending champion Ciara Casey (Hermitage) with Anne Ward (Lady Captain, Hermitage Golf Club) after her victory in the Brady's (Castleknock) sponsored 46th Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup at Hermitage Golf Club. (07/05/2017) Picture by Pat Cashman

On the Double......Defending champion Ciara Casey (Hermitage) with Anne Ward (Lady Captain, Hermitage Golf Club) after her victory in the Brady's (Castleknock) sponsored 46th Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup at Hermitage Golf Club. (07/05/2017) Picture by Pat Cashman

Ciara Casey gave her confidence a boost ahead of this week's Irish Women's Open at County Louth when she retained the Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup on her home course.

The Irish High Performance panellist added a 72 to her opening 74 to win by three strokes from Carlow's Aedin Murphy on level par 146.

The first home winner in the history of the event last year, Ciara will now be looking for a good week at Baltray.

The host club is also looking for great things from youngster Kate Lanigan, who finished sixth after a pair of 78s.

Kate, who was off nine last year, now plays off a handicap of five and she clearly found the pristine Hermitage greens to her liking in Sunday's Brady's of Castleknock event

Ciara Casey (Hermitage) driving at the eighth on her way to victory in the Brady's (Castleknock) sponsored 46th Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup. Picture by Pat Cashman

Ciara Casey (Hermitage) driving at the eighth on her way to victory in the Brady's (Castleknock) sponsored 46th Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup. Picture by Pat Cashman

Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup 2017, Hermitage GC 

Sponsored by Brady's of Castleknock, Mercedes Benz

  1. Ciara Casey Hermitage (+1) 146 74 72
  2. Aedin Murphy Carlow (1) 149 74 75
  3. Alison Taylor Malahide (2) 153 76 77
  4. Lisa O'Shea Shannon (4) 153 74 79
  5. Shannon Burke Ballinrobe (0) 155 76 79
  6. Kate Lanigan Hermitage (5) 156 78 78
  7. Ellie Metcalfe Laytown/ Bettystown (4) 157 79 78
  8. Anna Foster Elm Park (5) 158 78 80
  • Best Nett 36 Holes: Katie Dwyer Rossmore (5) 147 72 75
  • Second Nett 36 Holes: Tegon Gordon Castlewarden (12) 148 78 70
  • Best Gross Rd 1: Deirdre Smith Co Louth (+2) 78
  • Best Gross Rd 2: Roisin Brady Co Louth (5) 79
  • Best Nett Rd 1: Jan Browne Kilkenny (6) 74
  • Best Nett Rd 2: Katie 0'Hart Arklow (8) 72
  • Senior Nett 36: Sheena McElroy Grange (3) 158
  • Junior Nett 36: Amy Condon Newlands (12) 159.
That's my girl. Ciara Casey (Hermitage) pictured with her father Donal after her victory in the Brady's (Castleknock) sponsored 46th Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup at Hermitage Golf Club today (07/05/2017) Picture by Pat Cashman

That's my girl. Ciara Casey (Hermitage) pictured with her father Donal after her victory in the Brady's (Castleknock) sponsored 46th Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup at Hermitage Golf Club today (07/05/2017) Picture by Pat Cashman