Hermitage’s Kate Lanigan is hoping to make up for lost time as she ends a five-year wait and returns to the Flogas Irish Women’s and Girls’ Amateur Open Championship which tees off at Woodbrook this morning.
Lanigan is looking forward to her return to this year’s championships having not being able to compete in it since 2018 due to exams.
“I haven’t been able to play the last few years because it has clashed with my college exams. The last time I played it was held in Baltray so I’m looking forward to playing this year,” said Lanigan.
The 22-year-old from Meath is also looking to use her experience into the start of her upcoming tournament run and has competitive rounds under her belt at the newly revamped Woodbrook.
“People are looking to play more international golf now. A lot of the Irish girls have gone over and played the Scottish women’s, Welsh women’s and so on over the last few weeks so a lot of those girls are coming back over to Ireland to play in our event.
“We had the Woodbrook Scratch Cup recently which was a great success there. It was great to see the course and play under competitive conditions. I’ve been out there the last few weeks and have been playing nine holes in the evenings,” said Lanigan.
“I will play the official practice round, but I know the course quite well now. They have put a lot of work into the course and they have two new holes. One just opened a few weeks ago but I got to see them for the first-time last week.
“They have a new Par 3 and Par 4. They are a lovely addition to the course. The course is in amazing condition and the greens are fantastic. All we need now is some good weather and the scores will be really good.”