Munster came off second best today in their winner takes all clash against Leinster in the final days place at the Senior Inter-Provincial Championship at Donegal’s Rosapenna Golf Resort. After two days play, Munster were tied with Leinster with two wins each and hopes were high for a Munster win. Leinster had a slight advantage on the countback when the number of matches won were factored in if there was to be a tie. Still the outlook for Munster was simple, win 6 of the 11 matches, beat Leinster and retain the title.
It looked ominous from the start however as Leinster took an early hold on the morning foursomes matches. Munster’s ability to win crucial holes was a key feature of the opening four sessions and although the foursomes were going against Munster many would have hoped for a stronger Munster finish. To Leinster’s credit they played better on the back nine and turned a 3-1 provisional scoreline into a 4-0 whitewash.
Having secured the 4 morning points, all Leinster needed was two wins from the seven singles matches. The outlook was bleak after the front nine, with no Munster player leading in any of the seven matches. As the afternoon trundled on there were a few improvements on the card but nothing like the 7-0 win that Munster needed. In the end the only Munster player to record a win was rookie Eanna Griffin, for the record Munster recorded three halves but the match was over at that stage as Leinster confirmed three wins. Leinster went on to top the table and claim the honours for 2015.
While the day must have been bitterly disappointing for the eight players and backroom team of Cooney, Twomey and Dunne, they can’t forget two battling wins over Connacht and Ulster that did give them the consolation of second place. With AIG Senior Cup action taking place across the province on Saturday, it will be a case of pick yourself up and dust yourself down for most of the players as the return to club colours and get back on the course.