Cork Golf Club was a hive of activity over the weekend. With three pennants up for grabs, Monkstown, Cork and Fermoy went in search of glory. With the course in Little Island in great shape, there was some great golf on display. The Island was playing hard and fast, and the recent dry weather led a links like feel to the course. There were wins for Cork and Monkstown but it was a step too far for Fermoy as they lost out in their semi-final with Tralee.
Monkstown won Munster AIG Senior Cup title for the first time on over half a century, beating Castletroy in an exciting Munster final. 12 months ago Sean Desmond won a dramatic match on the 20th green in Dungarvan to take Monkstown to a Senior Cup Munster Final. Limerick beat them that day in the final, but Sean Desmond was again the hero, this time claiming the winning point on the 18th. Desmond needed a point after Martin Poucher and Eoghan Long won their matches. Andrew McCormack and Mark Campbell won for Castletroy so that left it all resting on Desmond’s match. The 18 year old needed a half on the 18th to win the match and it looked doubtful when his second found the trees on the 18th. Desmond played a great recovery shot that saw his ball pitch short of the green and run on to 15 feet. Desmond calmly rolled the ball to less than a foot and that was enough to win the match and the crucial winning point for Monkstown.
Cork Golf Club added to their proud legacy on Saturday when they captured another Munster title. They won the AIG Barton Shield in style with two great performances on their home course that saw them beat Limerick and Tramore. Cork saw off the challenge from 2015 winners Limerick in the morning and in a tight game the home club recovered from an early deficit to level the match after 8 holes. Cork took the lead and by the time the matches reached the 14th, Cork had a firm grip on the game. Tramore had a great win over Tralee in the second semi-final with John Mitchell and Chris Butler recording a six hole win to get the East Munster side over the line.