The success and progress of the Westport Golf4Girls4Life Programme is ongoing and on this Saturday a Team of nine girls and parents shall trek across to Chester, in Shropshire, England.
They go to compete in the invitation only, 2023 Junior Clubs Home Nations National Finals, where they shall compete against eleven other U18 Junior Teams from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, the other two Irish Teams being Doneraile (whom they defeated in the National Girls Inter Club final in 2022) and Carrick Fergus who were national Boys Inter Club winners, having beaten Castlebar in that final, could so easily have been two Mayo teams representing Ireland next week.
The Tournament commences on Monday and when it does the Westport girls shall make history as the first ever All Girls Squad in the event’s 28 year history, where they will compete against teams of all boys and some mixed, like Doneraile for example.
The success of the Westport Golf Club Junior Programme has enabled them to field an 8-Girl Team and even bring another as a reserve.
The format shall see the 12 teams play four rounds of 9 Holes Stroke Play over days 1 and 2.
The 12 Teams shall then be ranked by the placings of their top six from 8 scores each day and will be categorised into Flight A (1st – 4th), B (5th – 8th) and C (9th – 12th).
On day 3, each of the three flights shall play semi-finals.
On day 4 each flight shall have a Trophy Final and then a Plate 3rd/4th match.
The Westport players range in age from 11yrs to 17yrs and this may also make us one of the youngest teams in the events, but no less determined.