Munster AIG Jimmy Bruen & AIG Pierce Purcell Shield Finals 16 July

​Killarney all set for Munster Finals next month

  • 17 June 2017

​Photo Niall O'Shea - last years AIG Pierce Purcell winners Nenagh

Munster Semi Finals & Final AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield & Pierce Purcell Shield
Sponsored by AIG
At Killarney (Killeen) Sunday 16 July 2017

Killarney’s famed Killeen course will play host to the first of the AIG Cups & Shields Munster Finals next month.  The 2010 & 2011 Irish Open venue will stage the semi-finals and finals of the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield and AIG Pierce Purcell Shield on Sunday 16th July.  Several improvements have taken place in Killeen over the last 18 months following devastating floods that severely impacted the course and clubhouse.  While the remedial work took place on 2016, further works were carried out in early 2017 to enhance the playing experience of the lakeside course.

Qualifying to reach this stage is always a difficult task.  13 venues across Munster were used in the Jimmy Bruen qualifiers with 75 matches reducing the 76 clubs down to just four semi-finalists.  

Ballykisteen have again reached the semi-final stage of the Bruen.  They won a couple of tight matches with two separate matches requiring additional holes before the Tipperary side advanced.  They will face Newcastle West and will be hoping that the recent experience will stand to them.  East Cork pulled off a shock win in South Munster when they looked as if they were all but beaten in the area final.  They will face Nenagh in the second semi-final.  

The Pierce Purcell matches took place in 12 separate venues with a total of 73 matches taking place in the area qualifiers.  Hosts Killarney will no doubt hope that local knowledge will assist them in their semi-final match against Shannon while 2016 beaten finalists Thurles will be hoping to go further this year.  Their semi-final match is against Mahon. 

The semi-finals and finals of both AIG Bruen and Purcell will take place on Sunday 16th July and a large crowd of supporters is expected in Killarney for the popular tournaments.

AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield            A 1st Tee                     8.00 am           Newcastle West –v- Ballykisteen
AIG Pierce Purcell Shield           A 1st Tee                     8.50 am            Shannon –v- Killarney
AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield            B 13th Tee                 8.00 am            Nenagh –v- East Cork
AIG Pierce Purcell Shield           B 13th Tee                  8.50 am            Thurles –v- Mahon
FINALS OF BOTH                           A –v- B 45 mins after last match from 1st Tee - Bruen Final first
Cormac Flannery, General Manager of Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is looking forward to hosting the finals: "We are delighted to be hosting the Provincial Finals for the AIG Bruen and Purcell.  We have invested very heavily in all 3 courses over the past few winters and Killeen in particular has had significant work done on holes 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 10.  We've worked very hard and course conditioning has improved to a level never experienced before at the Club.  It will be a great test and should make for fantastic match play excitement!  Best of luck to all teams involved and of course to our own Purcell players and management."