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Wednesday 20th March 2019

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SUBSCRIBE WEDNESDAY 20.3.19 WWW.IRISHGOLFER.IE Padraig Harrington M The Irish U16 Girls' Squad achieved what the Irish senior men's rugby team couldn't, beating their Welsh counter- parts over St. Patricks weekend where the weather played havoc resulting in the two day event being reduced to one. The ILGU U16 Development Squad won the friendly 5 – 4 while ILGU U16 Development Coach Michelle Carroll and Irish Girls Team Manager S usie Hayes (Naas) accompanied the squad. U16 Squad in full: Anna Dawson (Tramore), Emma Fleming (Elm Park), Rebekah Gardner (Clandeboye), Corri- na Griffin (Killarney), Olivia McCrystal (Holywood), Molly O'Hara (Clande- boye), Katie Poots (RCDL). Full results: Ireland (5) vs. Wales (4) Round 1 (Irish names first. Matches played over 9 holes due to weather): Anna Dawson and Corrina Griffin lost to Harriet Lockley and Kasumi Tran 1 hole; Molly O'Hara and Rebekah Gardner halved with Gracie Mayo and Megan Vineall; Olivia McCrystal and Emma Fleming halved with Olivia Bannon and Hollie Jenkins Round 2: Cancelled due to weather. Round 3 (Irish names first): Emma Fleming beat Harriet Lockley 1 hole; Olivia McCrystal beat Ka- sumi Tran 1 hole; Katie Poots lost to Gracie Mayo 6&5; Corrina Griffin lost to Olivia Bannon 2&1; Rebekah Gardner beat Meg Vineall 5&4; Molly O'Hara beat Hollie Jenkins 4&3 IRISH U16 GIRLS OVERCOME WALES Conor Ryan In a new venture this year, the ILGU District Girls' Championships will be run in conjunction with the world-renowned Faldo Series. In its 23rd year, the Series proves its global reach by kicking off with the Faldo Series Middle East Championship, at Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club in Abu Dhabi. And now, in order to combat falling participation numbers in the ILGU Districts open championships due to a saturated amateur golf calendar, the ILGU and The Faldo Series have joined together and each District Championship will now count towards an Order of Merit – the top four players from which will be selected to attend the Faldo Series Grand Final. "We hope that this venture will encourage play- ers to support our girls' events and gain a place at the Faldo Series Grand Final and benefit from the associated experience of such a prestigious international event," said ILGU High Performance Manager David Kearney. CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION FALDO SERIES TO ENHANCE OFFERING OF DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS aynooth's Conor Ryan ended the week as the top Irish player af- ter a brutal examination of golf at the West of Scotland Trophy at Western Gail- es. With the wind unrelenting for the three days, Ryan carded a final round 82 for a 33-over par total and outright 17th at the British Universities Colleges Sports (BUCS) Golf Tour outing. The only other Irishman to make the final day cut was collegiate teammate, David Brady who struggled to the finish line in 88 wallops. Maynooth's Andrew Hickey (81/91) and Harry Gillivan (89/87) had missed the cut on Thursday while Rob Abernethy (81/94) also failed to make the grade for the final day's play. Sterling's Jordan Sundborg deservedly took home the title after a pillar to post win by two shots in the end at 18-over par. FULL SCORING RYAN LEADS IRISH HOME AT WEST OF SCOTLAND TROPHY David Kearney

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