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Pic: The Spanish Point Team - Sean McMahon, Patrick Hogan, Les Seal, Fergal Hehir, and Mervyn Hehir after winning The AIG Pierce Purcell Shield Final at Fermoy. Picture: Golffile | Oisin Keniry
It may have taken an extra 24 hours, but there is a Munster Champion in the AIG Pierce Purcell Shield. Spanish Point and Kenmare could not be separated yesterday, after darkness forced the suspension of play in the deciding match in Fermoy. Tournament Director David Prendergast was left with no option after the deciding match was still level after four extra holes. At 8pm, the teams decided to resume in at 4pm on Sunday.
Spanish Point's Sean McMahon and Patrick Hogan faced Kenmare's Gerald O'Dwyer and Carlie Vaughan were back to recommence the titanic battle that started 25 hours previously. The match should have been settled on the 21st but Charlie Vaughan holed an excellent long putt across the tricky green. After that the par three 5th was halved in the darkness. On the resumption of play today, the two pairs halved the par five 6th hole and it was Spanish Point who won on the 7th, their sixth sudden death hole.
It's the first time in six years that the Clare club have won the Munster pennant and they will be hoping to repeat the provincial/national double of 2014 when they head for Donegal GC in October for the AIG Cups & Shields national finals.
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