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Thursday 28 August 2014

Killarney girls to swing into Ireland action

Mary Murphy

Published 02/04/2014 | 05:36

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Maureen Culloty Lady Captain Killarney Golf Club (right) who made special presenations to Mairead Martin and Valerie Clancy who who are off to join the Irish U-16 GIRLS TEAM for The Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship to be played at the Stratmore Golf Centre in Pertshire, Scotland, from the 10th to 14th April with (from left) Mary Geaney Club President, Mary Junior Officer, Mike Daly Captain and Angela O'Connor Junior Officer at Killarney Golf Club on Sunday. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin.

MEMBERS of Killarney Golf Club will dominate the under-16 Irish team heading to Scotland later this month for The Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship.

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MEMBERS of Killarney Golf Club will dominate the under-16 Irish team heading to Scotland later this month for The Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship.

Valerie Clancy and Mairead Martin are among just six girls chosen from clubs across Ireland to play at under-16 level at the event in Stratmore Golf Centre in Pertshire, Scotland.

Both the girls are based in Cork but choose to play out of Killarney where they can practice their swing at the challenging former Irish Open circuit.

Valerie (13) from Mitchelstown plays off a handicap of six and had a hugely successful year in 2012 winning the Seapoint U-13 Scratch Cup and finishing joint 3rd in the U-21 section. She was also runner up in the Irish Girls Close U-18 Championship.

Valerie also won the prestigious Klaus Noelke Bursary at Killarney Golf Club, presented annually to the club's most improved junior golfer.

She is joined on the team by Mairead (14) from Kanturk who plays off a handicap of 5.4. Mairead also excelled in 2013 winning the Girlie Hegarty Memorial Cup for U-22's and the Eileen Murphy Foursomes Munster Ladies Championship with her friend, Catriona Griffin.

Mairead was a member of the Munster under-18 inter-provincial team and was undefeated in all her matches. Both girls were part of the Killarney Golf Club Girls team that reached the finals of the Munster Girls under-19 Interclub Match Play.

Among those cheering them on as they take on the Scottish event will be David Keating, Head Professional at Killarney Golf Club, who has been preparing the girls for their upcoming major golf challenges.

There was a large turnout at the clubhouse on Sunday for a special reception for the club's youngest ambassadors. Lady's Captain, Maureen Culloty, made a presentation to the girls on behalf of the club.

"This is a very bid deal for the club and for the girls to be selected to represent their country at the home of golf and to have the Irish flag beside their names," spokeswoman Angela O'Connor said.

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