THE Irish Girls Close championship was played at the beautiful Ballyliffin course in Donegal the week before last and Killarney's young brigade enjoyed some success there.
The event confined to girls under the age of 18 on January 1 sees two rounds of strokeplay qualifying with the top 16 going through to the match play and the next sixteen contesting the Pat Fletcher Trophy (Plate).
Since the championship's inception in 1961, the only Kerry winners have been Killarney's Bridget Gleeson in 1980 and Ballybunion's Emma O'Driscoll in 2009.
Sadly, this year none of the Kerry entrants made the match play but three girls from Killarney however, did qualify for the plate which was won by Catriona Griffin who defeated her club-mate Valerie Clancy 3/2 in the final.
In the quarter-final Catriona knocked out the other Killarney girl Mariead Martin who is having a fabulous season this year.
The Championship itself was won by Julie McCarthy from Forrest Little in Dublin who defeated Olivia Maheffey in the final by 3/2.
As Wednesday's deadline approaches three of the four quarter-finals of the 2013 Dr Billy O'Sullivan Shield have been decided.
Castlegregory have defeated the much-fancied Castleisland and will now face the winners of the Killorglin versus Ballyheigue match which is due to be played this week, while Kenmare beat Parknasilla and now take on Ceann Sibeal who beat Ring of Kerry.
Meanwhile, in the Nines of Kerry Shield semi-finals Ardfert beat Parknasilla and Castlerosse beat Castlegregory. The final is due to be played at Castleisland on August 10.