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Ulster Men's and Women's Stroke Play 2021

In 2021 The ISPS HANDA Ulster Men’s and Women’s Stroke Play Championship moved from its perennial home at Galgorm Castle to the renowned links of Royal County Down in Newcastle. Robert Moran (Castle) and Aideen Walsh (Lahinch) won their respective titles after the 54-hole event came right down to the wire for the men as overnight leader Rowan Lester (Hermitage) and Moran needed an additional three-hole play-off to separate them.  

Moran, who arrived at 3am the night before play began having travelled from the St. Andrew’s Links Trophy in Scotland, shot a final round 69 to force the play-off.  

“I’m just delighted, I kind of went out with no expectations, I was seven shots behind the leaders but on this golf course you never know what’s going to happen, it’s so hard. When I finished, I didn’t know what was happening but then I saw the scores and got a little excited.”  

The 21-year-old is studying Business at the National College of Ireland but will be studying how his game compares to the world’s best as he tees it up in the ISPS Handa World Invitational next month. 

“To get an opportunity to play at the ISPS HANDA World Invitational, especially as it’s at home in Ireland, is something I’m really excited about. Hopefully there can be spectators so my friends and family can come but I’m looking forward to seeing where my game’s at and giving it a rip.” 

Walsh, who took a one shot lead into the final round, had a somewhat less stressful finish as she closed out an eight-shot win over Jessica Ross (Clandeboye). 

“I’d a few birdies to start and was three-under for the front nine. So, I just tried to continue that on the back, and I finished well. I can’t believe the win to be honest. My coach txt me and said it’s just another round of golf and that’s all it was, I tried to stick to that while I was playing and not get ahead of myself.”  

Walsh will join Moran and Lester in the ISPS HANDA World Invitational at Galgorm Castle and Massereene from July 28 – August 1. The unique global event is part of the European Tour, LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour schedules and promises to attract some of the best players in the men’s and women’s game. 

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2021 ISPS HANDA Ulster Men’s & Women’s Stroke Play Championship