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Semi-Final / Final - Sunday 18 August 2019A testing breeze and occasional showers greeted the four clubs which had progressed to the Ulster semi-final stage of the AIG Senior Cup at Belvoir Park Golf Club. The course was presented in excellent condition given the recent weather. In the morning semi-finals Shandon Park took on Massereene, while Ballyliffin were pitched against Mourne.Both semi-finals were keenly contested: in the first between Shandon Park and Massereene four of the five matches were decided on the 17th or 18th hole, and with the score standing at two matches each it was left to Massereene’s Ryan McCullough to clinch the first place in the final with a superb bunker shot at the 17th to see off Gary Lynas. Photo: Ryan McCullough (Massereene) courtesy of Golffile.ieThe second semi-final was equally close, and with both teams having secured two matches it was left to Frank O’Donoghue to secure Mourne’s progress to the final with a 2 and 1 win against Garrett Mallon.In the afternoon final, Massereene got off to a fast start with Ewan McArthur establishing a four-hole lead over Frank O’Donoghue after five holes with some excellent golf including an eagle and a birdie in the first nine. O’Donoghue reduced the deficit to two after 14 holes but McArthur held on to record a 4 and 2 victory. In the second match, Tiarnon McLarnon celebrated his selection for the Ulster team in the forthcoming interprovincial championship with a blistering start against Noel Crawford and was 6 up and 4 under par after ten holes. Crawford held on bravely but could not avert a 4 and 3 defeat, giving Massereene an early two-match lead. The outcome was far from clear at this stage, however: Mourne’s James Maginn recorded a 4 and 3 win against Dale Jackson, Stephen Barker (Mourne) held a narrow lead for most of his unfinished match against Ryan McCullough, and Derek Turkington (Massereene) and Niall Doran were all square after 13. Turkington then won three holes in a row to defeat Doran 3 and 2, and Massereene’s place in the all-Ireland finals at Westport in September was secured.Photo: Massereene Team Captain receives the Ulster Pennant from John White Ulster Branch Chairman courtesy of golffile.ie