Beth Coulter made history in Kilkeel when she finished 20th, defeating Katie Poots by Knock to become the first player in the event’s 62-year history to win the Irish Girls’ Close Championship three years in a row.
He is also the first to hold the Irish Women’s and Girls’ Close Championships in the same year.
“I guess last year when I won it at Tramore Dad looked at the trophy and said nobody’s ever won it three times in a row,” said Kirkistown Castle star Coulter, 18, who most recently won the Irish Women’s Close in Grange won month. “That was a big goal earlier this year to come back and win it.”
Coulter, who represents Ireland at the European Team Championships in Wales this week, knows she has a goal on her back as the player to beat this year.
“It’s just a matter of taking one match at a time,” she said. “You shouldn’t underestimate anyone. They go out without fear and all the pressure is on me.
“It’s all about getting up and staying up and I was glad I made it through in the end.”
Roscommon’s Olivia Costello led the qualifier with two shots from Black Bush’s Caoimhe O’Grady with a three-pointer, but fell to Edmondstown’s Anna Abom in the quarterfinals.
Coulter beat Oughterard’s Kate Dillon before being forced to dig deep to beat Spain’s Marina Joyce Moreno by two holes in the quarterfinals in “the toughest match I’ve had all year”.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/tee-to-green/historic-beth-doubles-up-with-girls-hat-trick-41820218.html Historic Beth doubles with the girls hat-trick