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The final AIG Cups and Shields
Munster title went to Ballybunion this afternoon as the Kerry side saw off both
Ballykisteen and Ennis to claim the AIG Junior Cup title. Ballybunion
overcame Ballykisteen in the semi-final to set up an afternoon match with Ennis.
The Clare side had beaten Bantry Bay in their semi-final.
Ennis took the first match when
Alan Butler beat Philip Byrne. And the Clare side were up in three
matches at one point but Ballybunion mounted a comeback when they hit the back
nine in Tralee. Frank Geary and James O'Callaghan overturned their
deficits and ended up ahead, with Ronan Cross and Brian Slattery holding onto
their leads. Ronan Cross brought in the first Ballybunion point and they
wrapped it up with two wins in quick succession from Frank Geary and Brian
Slattery. The final score was 3.5 – 1.5 when the final match was called
The famous Barrow links in
Tralee was in superb condition for the two days of finals. The staff,
Officers and members of Tralee put in a huge effort to ensure all 12 teams had
a great experience over the two days. Approximately 180 matches were
played across over 20 venues in Munster to reach this stage of the
competition. Ballybunion (AIG Junior Cup) will be joined by Tralee (AIG
Barton Shield) and Limerick (AIG Senior Cup) at the national finals of the AIG
Cups and Shields which take place in Carton House next month.
Jim Long, Chairman Munster Golf
congratulated Ballybunion and thanked Tralee for hosting the finals over the
two days, and he also thanked Philip Coburn from AIG, title sponsors of the GUI
Cups & Shields. He paid tribute to all of the teams, managers, host
courses and referees who ensured another very successful staging of the Cups
and Shields over the past four months.
AIG Junior Cup Munster Final Gallery (Golffile)