Longford native Deirdre Smith who finished fifth in the recent Irish Women’s Open Strokeplay Championship at Baltray Golf Club, Co Louth.
Deirdre Smith, a native of Aughnacliffe in Co Longford, has enjoyed a lot of success at the highest level in Irish amateur golf during the past number of years and her latest fine achievement was a fifth place finish in the recent Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship.
Deirdre is a member of the Baltray Golf Club in Co Louth where the event took place but there was no stopping England’s Lily May Humphreys who captured the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship by six strokes.
The Essex teenager secured her second title in just seven days after winning the Welsh Women’s Open Stroke Play at Royal St. David’s.
As for local favourite Deirdre Smith, although Humphreys ensured victory was always out of reach, there was enough excitement to be extracted from the large crowds who willed the Baltray member on to feel proud after finishing the week as only one of five players under par at minus-one.
“The support I’ve gotten from Baltray is always 100% and I’m very proud to be a member of this club and I hope they’re proud of me,” said Smith, who finished best of the Irish players, not that it provided any significant motivation.
“I don’t go out there thinking I want to finish best of the Irish or anything, I want to go out and play the best I can play and if it goes well then so be it. I’m still enjoying playing golf, I’m still enjoying being competitive and if I wasn’t enjoying it, I wouldn’t be doing it.”
For Smith, a long amateur career continues to flourish.
“Just keep enjoying it, if you do that you’ll have longevity but if you’re putting pressure on yourself and you’re trying to score, that’s short term, because if you don’t meet those expectations you end up giving up.
“If you go out to enjoy yourself, focus on what the sport offers you, the friendships, the fun, the exercise, the fresh air and the courses – you’re a winner every time,” stated the Colmcille lady.