There was no joy for Cork clubs in Tralee on Saturday as both Cork and Mallow exited at the semi-final stage of the Munster finals. Mallow were in action in the AIG Senior Cup and for a while it looked like they would beat Limerick in their semi-final. Paul McCarthy and James Sugrue led from the front and both recorded impressive wins, McCarthy won 3&2 while Sugrue won on the 14th. Conor Dowling lost match, as did Brian Attridge meaning the result would be decided by Adam Boland’s match with Limerick’s Justin Kehoe. They were all square on the 15th but Kehoe won the 16th to go one up. Boland made a huge six foot putt on the 17th to avoid losing and a great birdie on the 18th meant that the match went on to the 19th. Both players found the fairway on the additional hole and the advantage swung Continue reading
Pictures from the AIG Senior Cup Munster semi-final: Continue reading
Tralee Golf Club will host the AIG Cups & Shields finals this weekend with three Munster pennants on offer. It’s eight years since Tralee have hosted the finals and Arnold Palmer designed links will provide a spectacular setting for the three finals. Two competitions are down for decision on Saturday with Cork and Mallow in action. Cork will be hoping to retain their Munster title in the AIG Barton Shield, but they’ll have to get past hosts Tralee in the semi-final. Waterford Castle face Castletroy in the other semi-final. Mallow unseated holders Monkstown and beat a good Cork side in the Senior Cup and they’ll be hoping to maximise their first appearance at the Munster finals in several years. Ballybunion carry Kerry hopes in the AIG Senior Cup, the West Munster winners will face Dungarvan who were the winners in the East Munster section. Limerick came through in North Munster and they will face Mallow who Continue reading
Mallow pulled off a great win today in the AIG Senior Cup, defeating Cork on the final hole in the final match. Brian Attridge won the 16th and 17th to move from one down to one up and he held his advantage on the par three 18th to record a memorable win at home for the North Cork club.
Earlier in the afternoon, Paul McCarthy led out the side against Cork’s John Hickey. Hickey won the 1st and held onto the lead after the 2nd, but that was the only time that he would be ahead. McCarthy won the 3rd and 4th to take the lead and although Hickey levelled it twice, McCarthy took the lead back. He was two up on the 17th tee and although Hickey won that hole, McCarthy halved the 18th to secure the first point for Mallow. James Sugrue added the second point soon after. Like the first match, Cork had the early advantage with Ian O’Flynn holding Continue reading
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Sixteen teams started out in Mallow this morning and now just four remain after a bumper day of golf in North Cork.
Munster Champions Monkstown advanced this morning with a win over Muskerry. This afternoon no less than three matches went to the 19th before they overcame Muskerry in a thrilling match. Monkstown face Cork tomorrow, the reigning Barton champions saw off Castlemartyr.
Kinsale’s young guns are still in the hunt, they had two good wins, accounting for Mahon and Bandon. Hosts Mallow were expected to play well and they obliged with a win over Fota Island although Fota made them work for their win. This afternoon they faced Lee Valley who beat Douglas in the first round this morning. The hosts prevailed this evening to set up at match with Kinsale tomorrow morning. The first match gets underway at 9am tomorrow.
Full Draw & Results: AIG Senior Cup :: South Munster 2017
Muskerry and Monkstown have both stuck with the same players who won Munster titles as they go into battle in the AIG Cups and Shields finals this morning. Monkstown are just about to start (8am) with Muskerry taking to the course at 12.30.
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AIG SENIOR CUP (semi-final) – Live Scoring
0800 Monkstown v Co Sligo (matches at 9-minute intervals)
Sean Desmond v David Brady
Donal McDonnell Jnr v Declan Reidy
Nick Moore v Ruairi O’Connor
Martin Poucher v TJ Ford
Eoghan Long v Mark Morrissey
AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield (semi-final) – Live Scoring
1230 Muskerry v Cill Dara (matches at 9-minute intervals)
Andrew Gray & Tony Gardiner v Ray Mackey & Christopher Harhen
Sean Geary & Gary Lucas v James Dunne & Ciaran Ryan
Paul Herlihy & Fionn Hickey v Tom Friary & Pat Garry
Fergal Murphy & Michael O’Brien v David Fox & Declan Plunkett
Michael O’Callaghan & Jack Taylor v Patrick Hopkins & Christy Roche
Monkstown bounced back from a heart-breaking Munster final loss last year, and secured their first Senior Cup pennant for 53 years.
Monkstown Golf Club banished the harsh memories from last year as the bounced back to win the AIG Senior Cup Munster final. Losses in finals, especially on the final green can generate mental scar tissue, but the Monkstown team showed no signs of weakness as they negotiated their way through a semi-final match against Ballybunion and a final win over Castletroy. That’s not to say that Monkstown didn’t have Continue reading
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.