Beth Coulter is the 2022 Ulster Women’s champion after a stunning back nine saw her edge to a one-shot victory at Portstewart.
Played over 18 holes, the Kirkistown Castle golfer beat Clandeboye’s Jessica Ross by the minimum after carding a four-under par 69.
Coulter’s win is her second of the year on the Women’s Bridgestone Tour, after she lifted the Royal Portrush Scratch Cup earlier this month.
Coulter and Ross were the only players to finish under par on the Strand Course and it was a tense and thrilling back-nine duel between the pair.
Coulter turned in level-par 36 after mixing three birdies with a double-bogey and a bogey. Having birdied the third hole, the Irish international slipped down the leaderboard dropping three shots in two holes.
She regained her composure however, to return to level-par with birdies on seven and nine.
Both players were level pegging after Ross carded one birdie and one bogey in a much more solid opening nine.
Ross played a great back nine herself carding three birdies on 13, 14 and 17 to come home in 34 but she was undone by Coulter’s charge to the clubhouse.
Coulter birdied the eleventh before a par on 12 was followed by a hat-trick of birdies from 13 to 15 to edge two in front. Despite the Ross birdie on the 17th, Coulter held her nerve to edge to a one shot victory.
Both players were well clear of the rest of the field as Killarney’s Corrina Griffin finished in third place on one-over two clear of Edmondstown’s Evelyn Park and Royal Portrush’s Laura Webb.