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Emma Gallagher

Sports Editor and Assistant Editor at The Sligo Champion is Emma Gallagher who is a graduate of Dublin City University and a native of Castlebaldwin. Emma has been working with the newspaper since 2010 and first started out as a news reporter, covering all the various stories from around the county before being appointed Sports Editor in 2015.

Jessica Reynolds (Co.Sligo), winner of the Connacht Girls' Junior Championship at the Castle Dargan Golf Club, Co. Sligo. Pic: Thos Caffrey / Golffile.

Co Sligo’s Reynolds wins Connacht Junior championship

JESSICA Reynolds has won the Connacht Girls’ Junior Championship which was hosted by Castle Dargan. The Co Sligo golfer who was leading after round two, extended her lead claiming victory over Lucy Gratton from Co Kerry. The 13 year old from Rosses Point finished three shots clear of the rest of the field following two rounds of strokeplay. Reynolds also plays rugby with Sligo RFC and the club said they were extremely proud of her achievement. “Congratulations to U14 player Jessica Reynolds who has just won the 2022 Connacht Junior Girls Championship at Castle Dargan Golf Club. “Jessica, a member of the County Sligo Golf Club in Rosses Point, finished three shots clear of the rest of the field after the competition’s two rounds of strokeplay. Well done Jessica - Simply Mnásome!,” the club posted. In the Senior contest, Knock’s Katie Poots delivered a birthday birdie to claim the Connacht Women’s Senior title for the first time. The Knock golfer who celebrated her 17th birthday on Thursday defeated her close friend Olivia Costello (Roscommon) to win top prize. Both players contended the whole way around the splendid parkland course at Castle Dargan with the long 17th being pivotal, the leader Poots bogeyed the hole and Costello gained ground with a birdie to level the scores at -10 under. With both players bogeying the 18th hole a sudden death playoff ensued and it was Poots who claimed victory sinking a 25ft birdie putt to win the title. Costello was pleased with her overall performance and although pipped at the post this time she goes home with a new Castle Dargan course record to her name, an excellent 65 on day two. In the penultimate group Clodagh Coughlan put herself in contention, the diminutive Douglas golfer carded five birdies and an eagle over the opening ten holes, her final score of -6 just falling short. Special mention to Hanna Guerin (Royal Tara) who also started the day -6 but faltered mid round and struggled to regain momentum. The Junior Championship for 12 -20 handicaps was much more straightforward with round two leader Jessica Reynolds from Co. Sligo extending her lead to claim victory over second place Lucy Gratton from Tralee. Riona Murphy (Oughterard GC) settled for a credible third place, while Ava O’Neill from Athenry GC claimed the Under 18 prize.

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