Annabel Wilson wins Scratch Cup at Royal County Down

Annabel Wilson
Annabel Wilson

Irish international Annabel Wilson won the Royal County Down Scratch Cup on Sunday.

The Lurgan teenager carded an impressive 79 in her opening round over the famous links course.

The 36 hole competition was reduced to 18 holes just after lunch due to torrential downpours resulting in Annabel adding another piece of silverware to her collection.

International teammate Olivia Mehaffey, making a return to action after a bout of glandilar fever, was second following an 81.

Meanwhile, Clandeboye’s Scott Miller won the Ulster U16 Boys Close Championship at Ardglass GC on Saturday.

The final had originally been planned for Friday afternoon but heavy rain and gales forced organisers to call off play entirely.

Miller and opponent Josh Robinson (Lisburn GC) halved the opening six holes of the final.

Miller won both the eighth and ninth holes to edge ahead and then won the 11th and 12th to take a commanding four hole lead.

Robinson hit back with birdies at the 14th and 16th holes to reduce the deficit but Scott was not to be outdone and birdied 17 to win the match 3 & 1.

In other news Portstewart GC’s Strand course will host a qualifying round of the North of Ireland Championship which takes place from 11-15 July.

“Royal Portrush Golf Club is going through exciting times with course changes in preparation for The Open in 2019. Three new holes have been constructed on the Valley Links and will become the new 15th, 16th (old 17th), 17th and 18th,” said Sir Richard McLaughlin, Royal Portrush Captain.

“The new holes will be ready for play in late May, weather dependent, and it was agreed they will not be in Championship condition for July. We are delighted that Portstewart Golf Club have agreed to co-host the Qualifying in 2016 and appreciate their support.”