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Pic: Berehaven team members and management pictured after their win in Killarney. (Photo Niall O'Shea)
Berehaven created a bit of history when they won their first Munster Pennant in Killarney. Mahony's Point was the venue for the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield Munster finals and the course was in great condition for the provincial finals. The competition marked the final event on the Munster Golf Calendar, and the final GUI Munster Golf pennant. Berehaven started in impressive form this morning with a good semi-final win over a strong Tramore team. The second semi-final saw Shannon win over Fota Island, again with a good win over a strong side from Cork.
Berehaven, having never won a blue pennant were determined to make the most of their opportunity. Having won already in Killarney in an earlier round, the West Cork club beat the host club on the final green. A good semi-final performance meant that team captain Joe O'Neill stuck with the semi-final pairings. And that paid off as Berehaven got the better of the early exchanges and led through the front nine. As the matches reached the final few holes Brendan O'Driscoll and Seamus Spicer in the third match brought home the first point with a 4&3 win, but Shannon quickly levelled it with a win on the 18th from PJ Moroney and James Corry. David Kelly and Chris Downey added a second point for the Cork side but again Shannon levelled with Keith Buckley and Adrian Carew winning 2&1 on the 17th green. With the match at 2-2 all eyes turned to the 15th where Berehaven were four up. Shannon's Joe Finlay and Pat McHugh weren't prepared to roll over and a birdie on the short par four extended the match. Shannon finally ran out of holes when Lorcan Harrington rolled his eagle putt to less than two feet. That meant a certain birdie for a half and the match was sportingly conceded.
After the unusual sight of elbow bumps and fist pumps replacing the normal celebrations, Berehaven were delighted to take the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield and the Munster pennant back to West Cork for the first time.
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