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Pictured Mount Wolseley GC - Venue for the Leinster Finals 20-21 July
22 Teams arrived at a well-appointed Dunmurry Springs GC to fight for two Leinster quarter final slots on July 20th at Mount Wolseley. Scoring was excellent, and Mullingar led the qualifiers with a 143 (+1) total. Scores to 154 qualified and Castle Barna were in hard luck as they lost out on a count back to Callan.
Qualifier A: On Sunday morning Tullamore were in action against The Heritage and despite losing their 2nd match they made it through to the zone final. The other match was a local derby between Naas and Palmerstown Stud and it ended with an exciting win on the 19th for the underdogs from Palmerstown.
Playing the 16th in the Zone Final Palmerstown House Estate were an aggregate 3up v's Tullamore but a strong fight back from Tullamore saw them come through on the 19th. The highlight here was the birdie, birdie, birdie finish on the 17th, 18th & 19th by Matthew Grehan & Gareth Mann to win the match.
Qualifier B: Also, on Sunday morning Mullingar, as leading qualifiers were in action against Callan, but they were made fight all the way only getting through by 2 holes. Kilkenny were pitted against Portarlington and it was only in the final few holes that Kilkenny went ahead for a 4 holes victory.
We were in for a cracker in the afternoon as the strong Mullingar team were in action against a youthful team from Kilkenny. At the turn Mullingar had a slight lead and the match was level with 2 holes remaining before Kilkenny made it through on a 2 holes win. Congrats to a Kilkenny team who were worthy winners, Mullingar are a strong side and they played great golf all weekend, only to fail at the last hurdle.
Our compliments to all at Dunmurry Springs for presenting the course in such wonderful condition.
23 teams from the North Metropolitan Area as well as from North Leinster competed for two places to reach the Leinster Finals to be held at Mount Wolseley GC next July.
There was a strong North Easterly breeze blowing as the early morning competitors teed off on Saturday. Conditions proved to be testing however 4 teams qualified for a play-off Sunday. Conditions improved in the afternoon when 4 more teams qualified.
In the play-offs on Sunday there was heavy rainfall for a period during the late morning. The weather improved in the afternoon which saw Dundalk and Portmarnock qualifying for the two places available in the Leinster finals.
Balcarrick GC Club Officials and staff ensured that both the Clubhouse facilities and Course were in tip top condition. Dundalk and Royal Dublin Team Managers were full of praise for the condition of the course and commented on the warm reception received by their players when playing practice rounds earlier in the week.
The club were showcasing their upgraded bunkers on the front nine. It was presented in pristine condition with great attention to detail and definition. The weather held up for the weekend which helped the smooth running of the tournament. Eight teams qualified for match play on Sunday. Elm Park and Dun Laoghaire came through to qualify for the Leinster finals.
A special thanks to the home club captain and vice-captain for their presence over the two days also the club for the use of their excellent facility.
A beautifully presented links at Arklow GC welcomed the 13 teams playing last weekend. The four qualifiers who emerged for the match play stage were Rosslare, Enniscorthy, Baltinglass and Wexford. The semi-finals saw Rosslare beat Wexford and Enniscorthy overcame Baltinglass, both in close matches. Enniscorthy beat Rosslare in the final by a margin of 5 holes and now progress to the Leinster finals in Mt. Wolseley in July.
Most Clubs need to put serious planning and advance preparation into elite events such as the Senior Cup and Barton Shield and yet still find it a struggle to attain even limited success. At Black Bush this weekend, word had it, that one team participating on the qualifying day attended just to fulfil their commitment but were unlikely to be able to field a team for the Match Play event.
Killeen Castle arrived on day one with the minimum number of players for the qualifying event, but much to their surprise ended up qualifying in fourth place, eight shots behind the leading qualifiers Carton House. Two of the Killeen Castle team were unavailable for the next day, so the search went out for replacements.
For the Match Play stage, they were pitted against a strong Carton House but again performed very well in the morning session reaching the final hole two down in the first match and two up in the second but succeeded in winning the hole in both matches to win 2 up. Once again, half the team was unavailable for the final and calls were made to find further replacement. This time however, luck deserted the team and Killeen Castle were defeated by 11 holes in the final.
Match Play stage featured Carton House as leading qualifiers with a qualifying score of 151, 153 Corrstown, 153 Black Bush and 159 Killeen Castle. Corrstown defeated Black Bush by 2 holes and were clinical in the final with a victory by 11 holes over Killeen Castle. Other notable teams not to make the Match Play stage were, Laytown & Bettystown, Co. Meath, Headfort and Royal Tara.
Leinster Golf is very grateful to the host clubs, Dunmurry Springs, Balcarrick, Hermitage, Arklow, Black Bush for welcoming all the participating teams and officials and for providing their facilities.
Full results of AIG Barton Shield Qualifiers and updated Draw Sheet