Roganstown’s big weekend

by Gazette Reporter
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ROGANSTOWN golf club will play host to a high quality international field this weekend as the Irish Girl’s U-18 open strokeplay championship comes to the area.
Current Irish U-18 internationals Ariana Coyle Diez (Elm Park), Mary Doyle (The Heath) and Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co Down Ladies), who was third at the recent Scottish Under -16 open championship, will lead the Irish challenge at the third staging of the event which runs on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21.
This year’s 54-hole tournament has attracted the cream of Europe’s underage golfing talent as players vie for valuable women’s world amateur golf ranking points and look to impress the team captain Janice Moodie who has six picks for the PING Junior Solheim Cup match to be staged in Denver, Colorado on August 13-14 this year.
Roganstown Golf and Country Club – winner of Golf Ireland Magazine’s best new golf course 2006 and 2007 – measures 5,580 yards, with a par of 71 and will provide a tough test for competitors’ stroke play skills, with greens that will test these elite golfers’ ability over the two days.
England’s Sophie Madden, arriving fresh from a win at the Scottish Under-16 championship at Strathmore, and compatriot Dulcie Sverdloff both play off +1 handicap and will hope to feature on Sunday while the Scots are well represented in the field with four current girls internationals, Clara Young, Lesley Atkins, Lauren Whyte and Nicola Callander all playing off two or lower.
The German contingent is strong with scratch players Fiona Liddell, Esther Henseleit and Chiara Mertens in the field. Norwegian International Marthe Wold plays off +1 while Belgium’s international star Charlotte de Corte tops the list with a +3 handicap.
Players from Sweden, Iceland, Latvia, Tunisia, Portugal and Austria are also represented in what is a truly European field.
The 73 competitors will play 36 holes on Saturday with the top 50 players qualifying for the final round on Sunday.
Spectators are welcome to come and watch what is sure to be some excellent golf at Roganstown with admission complimentary.
The first players are on course at 7.30am on Saturday.
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