Final four decided at AIG Irish Women’s Close

Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle) on the 6th tee during the Matchplay Round 2 of the AIG Irish Women's Close Championship 2022 at the Grange Golf Club in Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin, Ireland on Monday 13th June 2022. Picture: Thos Caffrey / Golffile

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The final four of the AIG Irish Women’s Amateur Close Championship at Grange Golf Club have been confirmed.

Anna Abom (Edmondstown), Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle), Rebekah Gardner (Clandeboye) and Sara Byrne (Douglas) will contest tomorrow morning’s semi-final matches in a bid to become 2022 AIG Irish Women’s Close Champion.

First to secure her place in the final day was Coulter, who cruised through her matches today 5&3 and 7&5.

‘I played way better than in stroke play,’ she said. ‘I think I need to get stroke play over me. Coming into the event people were saying that because I came 2nd last year that I’d have to win it this year and I let that pressure get to me.

‘I reset then in the match play and have come out and played really, really good golf.’

Coulter’s opponent tomorrow will be 15-year-old Anna Abom, who overcame Aideen Walsh (Lahinch) on the 19th green, but she is taking nothing for granted.

‘At this stage you can’t underestimate anyone,’ said Coulter. ‘Everyone is playing well and I’ll just have to keep the game I had today going into tomorrow.’

In the other half of the draw Girls International Gardner will face 2017 AIG Irish Close Champion Byrne after they won their quarter-final matches against Laura Webb (Royal Portrush) and Jan Browne (Kilkenny) respectively.

Meanwhile, Kayleigh Mulholland (Moyola Park) was the winner of the Ita Wallace Plate. The 14-year-old fought back to win the 18th and 19th holes to seal the victory from Jenny Maguire (Foxrock).

‘I putted quite well and my short game was very good,’ said Mullholland. ‘I tried my best and I am delighted to get the win.’

The semi-final matches will tee off from 8.30am tomorrow with the final provisionally scheduled for 1.30pm.
AIG Irish Women’s Amateur Close Championship
Round 2 Results
Aideen Walsh beat Nicola Coffey 2up
Anna Abom beat Caitlin Shippam 4&3
Anna Dawson lost to Beth Coulter 5&3
Canice Screene beat Kate Fleming 1hole
Olivia Costello lost to Laura Webb 3&2
Rebekah Gardner beat Aine Donegan 3&2
Clodagh Coughlan lost to Jan Browne 21st
Sara Byrne beat Katie Poots 2holes

Quarter Final Results
Aideen Walsh lost to Anna Abom 19th
Beth Coulter beat Canice Screene 7&5
Laura Webb lost to Rebekah Gardner 3&2
Jan Browne lost to Sara Byrne 6&5

AIG Irish Women’s Amateur Close Championship – Ita Wallace Plate
Semi-Final Results
Kayleigh Mulholland beat Sophie Sharp 6&5
Eina Pang lost to Jenny Maguire 4&3

Final Result
Kayleigh Mullholland beat Jenny Maguire 19th

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