Lee Valley were the first Cork club to book their place in the AIG Cups & Shields Munster finals. Their Jimmy Bruen team had come through from Blarney where they won three matches including a venue final against the hosts. It was Waterrock’s first time to host a GUI area final and the course was in excellent condition for the match. Many would consider the back nine in Waterrock to provide the tougher challenge but the front nine proved decisive as both sides varied between birdie and bogey golf to win, halve and even lose holes. The short par 4 fourth hole in particular was interesting, not one of the five matches halved the hole and there were birdies, bogies and double bogies. At the turn the advantage was with Lee Valley although it the match was far from over.
The first match on the course went all the way to the 19th before Lee Valley’s Brian O’Callaghan and Andrew Jordan saw off a determined David Brohan and Denis Kavanagh. Mahon secured their first point when they won the bottom match. Mahon Captain Aidan Farren and vice-captain Seamus O’Leary combined for a 3&2 win over John O’Gorman and Shane O’Donnell. Although the score read as 1-1, Lee Valley were pushing on and won a second match on the 15th when Brian Lucey and Kevin O’Donovan beat Shane Waters and Paul Cronin. The result was settled soon after when Tim Cullinane and Michael Crowley won the third point for Lee Valley on the 17th, recording a 3&1 win over Philip Kavanagh and Gerry Nolan. Kavanagh and Nolan were the hero’s in East Cork with their win on the 20th hole, but Lee Valley made the most of the momentum they were building on the back nine. Lee Valley now advance to the Munster Finals which take place in East Clare on Sunday 19th July. They will play Ballykisteen who qualified from East Munster in the semi-final.