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
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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
Kanturk’s Mairead Martin claimed her first national title today, and did so in front of a huge crowd of supporters in Mallow Golf Club. Martin claimed the Irish Girls Close title after five days of golf in Mallow, and did so in style – never going beyond the 15th hole in the five matchplay rounds. After confidently striking her first tee shot down their middle of the fairway, Mairead went 1 up through1 and didn’t ease up from there. Four up at the turn, birdies at the 10th and 11th saw Martin go 6 up with 7 holes to play. The match was finished in style with an eagle from Mairead at the 444-yard par 5 12th to close out the game 7&6.
“I’m delighted to win, my short game was on form this week, I pitched in for eagle on the 12th this afternoon to win the match which was a good way to finish”” said a happy Mairead. “I was at home in my own bed all week too which was also nice and to have so much support from the club was class! I had my sister on the bag too this week which was entertaining! She doesn’t play much golf but I hope she might Continue reading
Cork’s Rachel Thompson is through to the final four in the Irish Girls Close. Thompson came through two tough rounds in Mallow today, and the leading qualifier is safely through to tomorrow’s semi-final. The Cork golf club member wrapped up yesterday’s first round match on the 13th winning 7&5 but today she went to the 19th before getting past Emma Forbes from Portrush. This afternoon her match with Georgina Carr went to the 17th with the Cork girl taking the match on a 2&1 margin to put her through to tomorrow’s semi-final with Maeve Rooney. There were wins too for Mairead Martin and Valerie Clancy, both golfers also come through two matchplay rounds today to qualify for the semi-final. They now face each other in the second semi-final tomorrow morning.
Sara Byrne is the fourth Cork golfer in action in Mallow, she’s through to the semi-final of the plate competition after losing her first round match yesterday. The Douglas golfer needed an extra hole this morning to claim a place in the quarter finals. She had an impressive 7&6 win this afternoon beating Chloe O’Connor from Roscommon. She will face Nicole McGavisk 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 had a great win in the Fred Daly Trophy area final last night, beating Mallow in a very close match. Blarney was the venue for the match and Mallow would have been favourites to advance. They had a big handicap advantage on paper and most of the players would have much more experience at this level of inter-club competition.
Jack Egan was first out for Muskerry and he beat Ed Walsh on the 18th to set a strong positive tone for the winners. As it happened the first point was already in the bag for Muskerry, Jack Taylor was giving up five shots in his match but still recorded a 4&3 win to claim a point for Muskerry. Taylor’s match was the only one not to go the full distance. When Egan closed out his mast on the 18th shortly after the advantage was clearly with the underdogs. The winning point came from Sean Geary who holed out from the fairway on the last hole, Geary birdied from 70 yards to win one up and secure the win for his club. At the same time Fionn Hickey was headed up the 19th after finishing level after 18 holes. He was called in, as was Eoghan O’Shaughnessy who was one up in his match on the 18th. It was a hugely impressive win considering that Muskerry were giving up an aggregate of 21 shots in five matches. The subs were Stephen Riordan and Peter O’Mahony, and the squad was under the watchful eye of Dave Taylor and Peter Fenlon.
It’s been a great run for Muskery, the beat a fancied Fota Island side in the semi-final and beat Castlemartyr and Fermoy in the earlier rounds. Muskerry now go on to the Munster finals which take place in Fermoy in early August.
Mallow’s Edward Walsh finished in the runner-up spot at the Leinster Boys in Headfort today after a three hole play-off. Walsh had a share of the lead going into the final round, he tied with Castle’s Robert Moran on a one under par score of 143. Walsh finished his final round tied with Aaron Marshall, the Lisburn golfer shot a two under par 70 compared with Walsh’s 72. Although he birdied his final three holes yesterday, Walsh shot level par for his back nine today. A three hole play-off followed with the Mallow golfer losing out when Marshall won the second and third play-off holes. Greg Barrett gave Mallow a second place in the top ten, he finished tied for 10th place after a final round 76. Adam Boland also from Mallow finished in a tie for 16th place.