Saturday 21 September 2019

Chloe on top at Sunningdale

Thrilled: Castletroy’s Chloe Ryan shows off the Critchley Trophy at Sunningdale.
Thrilled: Castletroy’s Chloe Ryan shows off the Critchley Trophy at Sunningdale. Sportsdesk

Castletroy's Chloe Ryan birdied the last two holes to win the prestigious Critchley Trophy at Sunningdale and build up a head of steam for the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews and what she hopes will be a return to the Irish team.

The 25-year-old made seven birdies in a four-under 71 on the New Course in the first round to share third place, one stroke behind Stoke Park's Thalia Kirby and Bury St Edmunds' Alice Barlow.

But she was equally impressive on the Old Course in the afternoon, making another seven birdies in a three-under 71 to win by one stroke from West Wilts' Sarah Gee on seven-under-par.

"I am absolutely thrilled to win at Sunningdale," said law student Chloe, who has completed a Masters degree and will graduate in July. "I've been a member here since January after I moved to London last year. The courses were incredible as always.

"The event was great, and scoring was very good. And my name goes up on the wall in the clubhouse bar, so that's really exciting.

"I played great, had 14 birdies and a few mistakes here and there, but overall, I am absolutely delighted to win."

Now working in London for major law firm Mishcon de Reya, she was considered unfortunate to miss out on selection for Ireland again last year following her brilliant performance in the Palmer Cup but a strong performance at the Home of Golf this weekend should put her in the frame for another cap.

Ryan's countrywoman, Georgia Carr shot rounds of 75 and 76, rounding off her day with an eagle three, to finish 12th on two-over par.

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