Costello staying in the moment in Monkstown

Roscommon's Olivia Costello

Roscommon golfer Olivia Costello won’t let herself get carried away as she aims to break new ground and reach the final of the Irish Girls’ Amateur Close Championship tomorrow.

Costello, who starred at the Junior Vagliano Trophy last weekend, continued her fine start to the season and with wins over Ellen Lonergan (Westport) and Gemma McMeekin (Royal Portrush) she advanced to Friday’s semi-finals in Monkstown.

She will face Caoimhe O’Grady (Royal Dublin) when they tee off at 8.08am and Costello refuses to look past that match and towards a potential decider.


“I feel good,” said Costello.

“I’m just going to do what I’ve been doing and see what happens then from there.”

Holly Hamilton (Belvoir Park) and Katie Poots (Knock) will battle it out in the other semi-final tie. Hamilton beat Hannah Guerin (Royal Tara) and the in-form Anna Abom (Edmondstown) on Thursday. Poots got the better of Maebh McLoughlin (Co Sligo) and Hannah Lee McNamara (Royal Portrush).

“The matches were good,” said Costello.

“This morning, I went up in my match fairly early on and I kept it just steady from then on. Then in the evening, the rain got up and it was really windy then we got called in after 11 and I think I was all square playing Gemma.

“Then when we went back out, I think it was an hour delay, I got a fast start, I birdied 11 and 12 and I played good golf from there on in.”

In the Boy’s Amateur Close Championship, John Doyle (Fota Island) clashes with Mark Gazi (Tralee) in a Munster derby first up. Noah Bickerstaff (Massareene) and Finlay Eager (Royal Belfast) face-off in the other semi-final.

Doyle booked his place in the semi-final thanks to wins over Gordon Sillett (Ballykisteen) and a big victory over Gavin Tiernan (County Louth). Gazi beat Jack Murphy (Douglas) and Mark Cadden (Roganstown).

Bickerstaff got the better of Conor McCarthy (Headfort) and Darcy Hogg (Belvoir Park). Eager accounted for Lucas Lyons (Limerick) and Rafael Poli (Helen’s Bay).


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