East Cork Ladies have added another major title to their roll of honour, they won the All Ireland final of the AIG Challenge Cup in Knightsbrook yesterday. Led from the front by 17 year old Orla Evans, East Cork came through the quarter final and semi final in dominant form, beating Moyola Park and Rathcore by bringing in the first three points in each match. And that continued in the final where they faced Tulfarris. At one stage early on they led in all five matches, and from there they built up a strong platform. They match didn’t go on too long, Orla Evans put the first point on the board when she wrapped up her match on the 13th with a 7&5 win. Nora Kelleher added a second point for East Cork with a 6&4 win and the third point came from Caroline Goldspring when she won on the 16th. East Cork were Continue reading
Monkstown tasted success at the ILGU District finals in Lee Valley last Sunday, winning the Munster Final of the Intermediate Cup. Mary Egan led the charge from the front winning her match 3&2, while Liz Whitaker and Fabienne Moloney added the required wins. Grace Coakley and Sue McGuire were the other team members. In the Challenge Cup final East Cork got the better of Kinsale in an All-Cork derby. Nora Kelleher and Orla Evans won the first two matches, beating Lucy Carter and Sarah Galvin respectively. Naomi McCarthy got a point for Kinsale when she beat Geraldine Coughlan but the win was sealed for East Cork when Aileen O’Sullivan beat Ann O’Mahony on the 16th. Deirdre O’Doherty and Kay Galvin halved their match after they were called in. East Cork and Monkstown will now go on to the All Ireland finals in Knightsbrook later this month. Monkstown’s Cashman Trophy team were also in action in a Munster Final on Sunday. They took on Limerick in Mitchelstown and unfortunately for the Cork side, they came out on the wrong side of the result. While Monkstown put an early point on the board when Maurice McGrath and Roy Dennehy won, that was about as good as it got for the Cork club. Limerick brought in the first match thanks to Eamonn Grimes and Pat Lee, with Gavin Cross and Gerard Gleeson also winning. Hugh Colon and John O’Brien won the fourth match giving Limerick the important third point, and the title.
Pictures from the final in Castletroy this afternoon: Continue reading
Pictures from Castletroy: Continue reading
Muskerry’s Fionn Hickey made his international debut this week, and the 16 year old did himself proud at the Boys Home Internationals. The annual event took place in Ashburnham Golf Club in Wales and Ireland opened with a win over Scotland on Tuesday. It was a disappointing start for Fionn as he narrowly lost his singles match. There was better luck for the Muskerry man yesterday as Ireland beat Wales and Fionn won his singles match against Toby Bishop. That win set Ireland up for a winner takes all match against England today. Hickey partnered Dylan Keating for a half this morning with Ireland taking a lead, the score was 3.5 to 1.5 after the foursomes. Fionn won his match this afternoon, but the wind was in the English sails. They won six of the matches to win by a single point and take the title. While the final result was a disappointment, England were the favourites and solid play from Hickey on his debut will spur him on for a strong end to the season.
Girls & Womens Home Internationals
Sara Byrne was also in action for the Irish Girls over the Continue reading
Rachel Thompson is set to earn her first senior Irish cap next month following her selection on the Irish Ladies team for the Home Internationals. On the back of her win at the Connacht Senior Womens title, the Cork member would have been high on the list of probables, and earlier today her place was confirmed. A strong team was named as Ireland hope go one better this year and win the event. Clodagh Coughlan was selected as a non-travelling reserve, the Douglas golfer’s performance at the recent interprovincials brought her onto the national radar.
Sara Byrne was selected as part of the seven strong Girls team. This will be Byrne’s third year playing in the Home Internationals, a pretty big achievement considering she first played in the Under 18 competition when she was just 15. Sara is now a senior on the team, but Continue reading
Sara Byrne came up just short of winning her second Irish Championship today, she was runner-up at the Irish Girls Close at Galway Golf Club. The Douglas golfer was in a fine vein of form, and had made the final day with relative ease. On Tuesday she shot a second round 71 (-2) to take second place in the strokeplay qualifier. That meant she was safely through to the matchplay phase. On Wednesday she wrapped up her first round match on the 14th, and on Thursday she beat Emily Murray and Lucia Masding to book a place in this morning’s semi-final.
Byrne got off to a great start this morning in the semi-final, going three up against Aine Donegan. But when the finished out on the 18th it was all square. Donegan’s comback included a birdie on the 17th and a chip in birdie on the last hole, but on the 24th – the sixth tie hole – it was Byrne who had the rub of the green. An eagle putt estimated at just over 30 feet dropped in to send the Douglas teenager into the final.
Sara faced leading qualifier Beth Coulter in the final and the 15 year old from Kirkistown Castle got off to a flier. Coulter was four under for the front nine, continuing a great run of golf in Galway. She was three up after six holes but Byrne birdied the 6th, eagled the 7th and birdied the 8th to Continue reading
Lee Valley’s Mel Deasy is in the top ten at the McGregor Trophy, the English Under 16 Strokeplay Championship, and safely through to today’s final 36 holes. Deasy opened on Tuesday with a level par 70 but it was a mixed round. Starting on the 10th, Deasy was five under after 12 holes, but he was back to -1 after doubles on his 13th and 15th holes. He closed out the round with a bogey to finish on level par, that was good enough for 17th place. Mel’s second round was steadier, two birdies and two bogies along with 14 pars led to his second 70. That saw him jump into the top ten, tied for 9th place at the halfway stage. The Lee Valley man is now just five shots off the lead held by England’s Rohan Miah. Galgorm’s Joshua Hill is in second place just one behind the leader. The final 36 holes take place today with Deasy on the tee at 9.30m. The event meant that Deasy missed out on a chance to retain his Munster U16 title which took place this week. He’ll be back in Munster colours next week when the Boys Interprovincials take place on Athlone Golf Club.
Sara Byrne had another good day in Galway at the Irish Girls Close. The Douglas golfer recorded a 6&4 win over Evelyn Park. That follows two good rounds on Tuesday when she shot 76 & 71 to finish just one off the lead. This morning she will take on Emily Murray from Co Louth in the round of 16 match, with the quarter finals also taking place tomorrow.
Four Cork ladies and two girls have been named on the Munster teams to take part in the interpros at Mount Woolsey next week. Connacht Women’s Champion Rachel Thompson is joined by Clodagh Coughlan, Paula Walsh and Jean O’Driscoll. with Aoife Ni Thuama named as reserve. In the girls team, Youghal’s Roisin Connolly was selected with Monkstown’s Michelle Sharkey. Sara Byrne misses the interpros as she is on the Irish team at the Girls European Team Championships in Spain next week.
The event will take place at Mount Wolseley Hotel and Golf Resort from the 9th to the 11th of July. Each Province will play each other in three foursomes’ matches and fives singles matches.
Rachel Thompson won the Connacht Senior Championship in Westport today, going under par to hold her overnight lead and claim her first senior championship. It was an impressive win, underlined by the winning margin of 11 strokes.
After opening with a six over par 80 yesterday, Thompson found herself just three shots off the lead as everyone struggled to get to grips with the course. The Cork Golf Club member did just that in the second round on Thursday afternoon, shooting three under to jump up the leaderboard. Rachel carded five birdies and two bogies to lead the field by five shots and take the overnight lead.
Thompson opened her third round this morning in the same fashion as the previous two – with a birdie. However it was a mixed opening nine with just two pars. Two more birdies and four bogies meant that she went out in one over par. Thompson didn’t put a foot wrong on the way back. Seven pars and two birdies saw her finish the 18 holes in red for the Continue reading