Dywer pips Walsh to claim Woodbrook Scratch Cup

Ronan MacNamara

Kate Dwyer (Rossmore) - Image courtesy of Maynooth University

Kate Dwyer is a winner again having claimed the Woodbrook Ladies Scratch Cup on Sunday evening in what proved a very profitable warm up for this year’s Irish Women’s and Girl’s Amateur Open Championship at the same venue.

Played over 36-holes, the Rossmore golfer edged Irish international Aideen Walsh by a single shot after rounds of 71 and 74 gave her a one-under-par 145 total in wet and windy conditions.

Dwyer has been in fine form over the last few months with solid performances for Maynooth University in the R&A Student Series events sandwiched between a historic win at the Irish Intervarsities and her latest triumph at Woodbrook.


The Law student became the first woman to win in Rosslare last October and she will have the winning feeling when she heads to Woodbrook for the Irish Amateur Championship in May.

“It’s my first win in Woodbrook and I am obviously delighted,” the 22-year-old told Irish Golf Desk.

“This is a good run around as well for the Irish Amateur coming up in May so I’m really happy with the win. The two new holes they have built aren’t open yet but we got a good idea of what they look like.

“I hit the ball really well this morning but the putter wasn’t quite rolling as well as I would have liked. But made a good few birdies, kept it in play and kept the big number off my scorecard, especially with the weather this afternoon.

“We would have been flying if it had been like it was this morning but I am very happy with the result.”

Billed as a warm up for the Flogas Irish Women’s and Girl’s Amateur Open Championship in May, the 60-strong field boasted a host of big names who will all behoving course experience pays dividends in two months time.

Ulster Strokeplay winner Walsh (Lahinch) was joined in the prizes by The Hermitage’s Kate Lanigan (3rd), Irish Girls champion Katie Poots of Knock (4th) and Olivia Costello of Roscommon who took the best second round gross.

Lanigan was two shots off the pace on one-over while Poots was four-over. Edmondstown’s Anna Abom was fifth on a count back on 151.

Co. Louth’s Ellen O’Shaughnessy took the best opening gross with a 75 via a count back while the best 36 hole nett went to Tralee’s Lucy Grattan with 147.

The Senior gross went to Royal Portrush’s Mary MacLaren while Emma Fleming of Elm Park scooped the best gross in the U18 category.

Next weekend will see another high quality field at the Royal County Down Ladies Scratch Cup.

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