Kirkistown Castle’s Beth Coulter continued her fine start to the season when she recorded a course record 66 en route to an emphatic 13-stroke victory in the 50th Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup.
Named as the second non-travelling reserve for the Curtis Cup earlier in the week, Coulter (18) made eight birdies in a seven-under 66 in the morning rain to lead by 10 strokes from Grange Castle’s Lisa Cullen.
She birdied the second, third and fifth, bogeyed the par-three seventh but then birdied the eighth, ninth, 10th and 12th before picking up another shot at 18.
In the afternoon she made seven birdies and two bogeys in her first 15 holes to get to 12-under only to double bogey the 16th and add a three-under 70 to her opening 66 to win by 13 shots on 10-under from Rossmore’s Kate Dwyer, who closed with a one-under 72
Her second round 70 was still the best score of the afternoon by a shot from Doughlas’ Clodagh Coughlan, who would go on to finish third overall.
Kirkistown Castle’s Beth Coulter after her win in the Hermitage Scratch Cup in Lucan last weekend