England team triumph for teenagers

Mary McKenna Sophie Madden Dulcie Sverdloff

Essex teenagers Dulcie Sverdloff and Sophie Madden won the international team event for England at the Irish U18 open stroke play championship.

They were two shots clear of Ireland A in the team competition, which was played over the first two rounds of the 54-hole championship at Roganstown.

Their achievement was all the more notable because they played in a team of two which meant both their scores counted in each round. Their main rivals were in teams of three and were able to discard one score each round.

Both Dulcie and Sophie went on to be among four players tied for second place in the individual event, two shots behind Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey. Dulcie claimed the silver pendant awarded to the runner-up on countback.

Dulcie, 18, from Garon Park, is the English schools’ champion and the 2012 winner of the British Colleges Sport national title.

Sophie, 16, from West Essex, is the English U15 champion and was runner-up at the Scottish U16 championship earlier this month. She trains with England Golf’s Select East squad.

Both girls were in the winning Essex team at 2012 County Finals.

Caption: Mary McKenna, president of the Irish Ladies Golf Union, presents the team trophy to England's Sophie Madden (centre) and Dulcie Sverdloff. (Image courtesy Irish Ladies Golf Union).

Leading final scores

Par 71, SSS 73, CSS 73
220 Olivia Mehaffey (IRE) 72 77 71
222 Dulcie Sverdloff (Garon Park) 75 73 74; Marthe Wold (NOR) 75 71 76; Sophie Madden (West Essex) 74 74 74; Marina Hedlund (SWE) 72 76 74
227 Mary Doyle (IRE) 77 74 76

International Team Event
Sophie Madden 74 74, Dulcie Sverdloff 75 73
Ariana Coyle Diez 75 [78], Mary Doyle [77] 74, Olivia Mehaffey 72 77
Marina Hedlund 72 76, Sarah Nilsson [86] 76, Desiree Anderson 76 [84]

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