Coulter lauds McClymont as Costello eyes up Junior Vagliano selection

Ronan MacNamara

Beth Coulter - Image courtesy of ASU

Beth Coulter was full of praise for Flogas Irish Women’s champion Lorna McClymont after she was kept at arms length by the Scot who defended the title she won twelve months ago at Woodbrook Golf Club.

Coulter was a late entry into the field last week but put the jet lag to one side, mounting a strong challenge to add to her Irish Girls Close and Irish Women’s Close titles from last year but there was little she could do to stop McClymont from winning for the fifth time in six starts.

“It was a pretty solid week at Woodbrook I’m only back from the United States so it was nice to get into competitive golf in Ireland and play half decent. I left a few shots out there but I have a few things to work on going into the season which is good,” said the Kirkistown Castle woman.


“Lorna’s ball striking and iron shots were just unbelievable and she holed some really, really good putts but it was nice to get back into being really competitive with somebody and somebody I know well. Down the stretch she held on really well to be fair to her.

“I was chasing her all day but I made too many mistakes and she doesn’t really make any, or at least she didn’t on Sunday. I got it back to one then gave it back to her on the next hole. She punished me on the back nine, you need to be full steam ahead with the par fives and Lorna was and that was the difference.”

Republic of Ireland starlet Mason Melia isn’t the only 15-year-old prodigy in this country. Roscommon’s Olivia Costello wowed the WPGA Professionals at Glasson Lakehouse on Monday with a six-under 66 in the pro-am just days after she picked up the Irish Girls title to add to her Scottish Girls gong.

Costello is part of the Irish squad for the upcoming German Girls Open but she has her eyes on making the Great Britain and Ireland Junior Vagliano side at the end of June.

“I learned a lot last week and I’ll bring what I have learned into the season,” said Costello. “I will just play my game and hopefully if I can play well I want to make the Irish team for the Home Internationals and European Championships and then I would like to play on the Junior Vagliano team.”

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