Monkstown were the first club to book their place in the Munster finals in Thurles, marking the third time in four years that they have reached the finals of the AIG Senior Cup.
16 teams started in Cork Golf Club on Saturday morning, and two rounds later there were just four. Bandon faced Kinsale and Mallow were up against Monkstown this morning. The two semi-finals were close matches, with the Bandon Kinsale derby needing three extra holes to decide the winner. Bandon’s Ger Tobin was the hero as he won the 21st hole to take Bandon through to area final.
For team manager Pat O’Keeffe and his assistant Martin Walsh it marks another successful start to a campaign. Last year the lost at the semi-final stage so there’s no doubt that they’ll appreciate making it through to the Munster finals. This afternoon there were wins for Sean Desmond, Donal McDonnell and Martin Poucher as Monkstown marched forward towards another Munster stage. Eoghan Long, Maurice Maye and Nick Moore also featured on the successful team who beat Castlemartyr, Douglas and Mallow on their way to today’s final.
Gallery: AIG Senior Cup Area Semi Finals