Sara Byrne: Winning the Women’s Amateur would be a great end to career

Ronan MacNamara

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Ronan MacNamara

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Sara Byrne has everything set in stone for when she turns professional at the end of the year to allow her to focus on having one last golden summer and bowing out of amateur golf with a bang.
The 121st Women’s Amateur Championship in Portmarnock begins on Monday with the Douglas star the joint lowest handicap index in the world class field at +8.2 after she enjoyed a sensational final year in Miami, winning twice and setting a new college scoring record for 54-holes.
Byrne has been putting in some preparation in Portmarnock Links ahead of the 36-hole strokeplay qualifying which she hopes to ease through and into the last-64 matchplay stage.
She has huge aspirations for the summer, including bowing out of amateur golf at the Curtis Cup in September with Great Britain and Ireland, but winning the Women’s Amateur Championship this week would be the icing on the cake.

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