Lisselan Golf Club winners of the Jimmy Bruen Shield following a win over Tralee Golf Club at the Munster Finals at Faithlegg Golf Club Waterford. Picture also includes L-R: Pat O’Gorman ( President Faithlegg Golf Club ), John Moloughney ( Chairman Munster Branch ), Liam Power ( Captain Faithlegg Golf Club ) and Margaret Denny ( Lady Captain Faithleg Golf Club ). Photo: Jim O’Sullivan
Lisselan captured their first Jimmy Bruen pennant in Faithlegg last weekend when they had a dramatic 21st hole win over Tralee. Lisselan’s Eoin Ryan and Cathal Kirby needed three extra holes before they finally got the upper hand over Tralee’s Rory Hill and Alan O’Connor. Earlier Donncha Crowley and Richard Fleming record a huge 7&5 win, and Lisselan’s second point came from Andrew Whelton and Leo Hassett. Despite the good start, Tralee fought back and they secured two points at the expense of Paul Corcoran & Richie Fitton and Patsy Coughlan and Barry Hayes. It was a great day for Lisselan Captain Michael Tierney and team manager Fergal Keohane, and the squad must now start preparations for a trip to Carton House in September when they will compete for the national pennant. Faithlegg was in great condition for the weekend of golfing action that saw the destination of both the Bruen and Purcell pennants decided.
East Cork were in action in the Pierce Purcell on Saturday but unfortunately their involvement finished at the semi-final stage when Thurles got the better of them in a tight match. Cian McCarthy & Ronan Curtin and Rory Naughton and James Murray won points for East Cork but that was as much as they could put on the board. All five matches got to the 17th at least but the result was only decided when the final game got to the 18th green. Unfortunately for Pat Kerrigan and Paul O’Keeffe, their opponents won out and East Cork’s journey was over. In the end Thurles were beaten by Spanish Point, with the Clare club making up for their loss in the Munster final in Bandon last year. East Cork are still involved in the Mixed Foursomes while Muskerry and Castlemartyr all head for Shannon next month. Muskerry are in the Barton and Junior Cup while Castlemartyr will contest the Senior Cup.
Douglas into Fred Daly Final
Douglas secured their place in the Fred Daly Munster finals tomorrow when they had a dramatic win over Cork. The area final took place on Sunday afternoon in Monkstown, and while many golf fans had their eye on Hoylake, the 14 young golfers only had thoughts on their own golf as a thrilling match got underway. Douglas secured wins thanks to Pierce Dorney, Darragh Lonergan and Barry O’Sullivan Geaney. Meanwhile Cork salso secured three points thanks to Paul Tobin, Rory Dineen and Leon Foley. So it was down to the final game to decide the match and at one stage Cork led in this game by four holes. Douglas’ Brian Barry dug in however and he overturned the deficit to win the game and the match on the 18th green. Douglas now go on to play Kanturk in the Munster semi-final tomorrow morning. East Cork is the venue and Limerick play West Waterford in the other side of the draw. Mallow and Muskerry are in action in the Junior Foursomes on Saturday morning, also taking place in East Cork.
By Niall O’Shea