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Una Hegarty wins Munster Championship

Writes Tara Maher

This time last year Una Hegarty didn’t have a golf handicap, but at the beginning of April she won the prestigious Over 18’s Munster Junior Open Championship which was held in Monkstown Golf Club.

Many will already know Una as ‘Una from the Corner House’, but following her recent achievements, Una has made a new name for herself in the Cork golf scene.

Picture: David Lloyd | Golffile.

The Munster Junior Ladies Golf Championship was held in Monkstown Golf Club Wednesday, the 5th and Thursday, the 6th of April. The competition entertained golfers from all over Munster in the annual event. It was Una’s time entering the tournament and she was one of the youngest players involved, at just 23. Having finished the first day as winner, she qualified as one of forty players for day 2. With a score of 86 she narrowly beat Ballybunion’s Noirin Hitchin by one point. Following the second day of events, it was Noirin who had a slight edge over Una with a score of 90 to 91. This led to a dramatic sudden death as both players tied the first two holes but it was Una who came out victorious on the third hole. It is the first major competition she has won outside of in-house tournaments.

As a child, Una attended golf lessons and camps but as she entered her teenage years she decided to put her golf clubs to one side and focus on other sports. “Golf wasn’t popular for people my age so I stuck to sports my friends were playing.” Una said. Una was a member of Carrigaline Ladies football team up until last year but gave up to focus on other commitments. In search of a new hobby, after encouragement from her work colleagues, Una returned to golf and joined local golf club, Monkstown, and has been playing regularly since last June. She tries to get out around three times a week, weather dependent, with friends and members of Monkstown Golf Club.

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