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Caption: Katherine Steenson (Co. Armagh) - Photo Courtesy of Pat Cashman
Intermediate Cup Semi-FinalsEdmondstown and Wicklow were first to tee off this morning in the Intermediate Cup semi-final. Wickow took the top two matches, but the Dublin Club dominated matches three and four to level the playing field after winning on the 19th and 20th, respectively. The fifth and final match also required extra holes and Wicklow's Katie Roche won in dramatic fashion on the 20th. The have progressed to the final tomorrow.
The other semi-final wasn't as tight and despite a great display of golf yesterday in the quarter-final, Ballykisteen failed to surmount the impressive Portumna team. The Connacht side triumphed in the top two matches, and Portumna's Mary McElroy proved too strong for 10 year old Cailtlin Shippam (Ballykisteen) as she finished her match on the 14th, resulting in an overall win for Portumna. They will now face Wicklow in the final tomorrow.
Results Intermediate Cup - Semi-Final Edmondstown 2 Wicklow 3 Carmel Burke Daly (14) lost to Niamh Murphy (14) 6&5 Martina Torreggiani (15) lost to Doreen McGettigan (16) 3&1 Grace O'Neil (15) beat Trish Shannon (17) on the 19th Judy Byrne Murray (16) beat Una Doyle (17) on the 20th Jane Callanan (16) lost to Katie Roche (18) on the 20th
Intermediate Cup - Semi-Final Ballykisteen 1 Portumna 4 Kaelin O'Keeffe (15) lost to Sinead Lohan (15) 2&1 Jane Cowhey (16) lost to Kathleen Lynch (16) 2&1 Claire Griffin (18) halved with Mary Kelly (17) (called in) Sarah Toomey (19) halved with Carmel Cunningham (18) (called in) Caitlin Shippam (21) lost to Mary McElroy (21) 5&4 5&3
Minor Cup Semi-FinalsThe 19th and 20th proved busy holes today as three matches in the Minor Cup semi-final also required extra tie holes. Co. Armagh put their first point on the board after Katherine Steenson won 2&1. The second came on the same hole as Vera Ellingham overcame her opponent Joan Murphy 3&1. Athy managed to win back matches four and five on the 19th, which levelled the score. However, a determined Eileen Fitzsimons added the winning point on the 20th for the Ulster side.
Ballinrobe will meet Co. Armagh in the final tomorrow after seeing off Greystones today. Marie Burke got the Connacht side off to a successful start with a substantial 4&3 win. This was followed by Louise Cribbin and Joanne Hynes with 2&1 wins by both players. The final two matches were then called in.
Results Minor Cup - Semi-Final Athy 2 Co. Armagh 3 Ann Bradbury (22) lost to Katherine Steenson (21) 2&1 Joyce Chambers (23) lost to Eileen Fitzsimons (22) on the 20th Joan Murphy (26) lost to Vera Ellingham (24) 3&1 Ann Fenelon (27) beat Anne McDonald (25) on the 19th Jacqui Doyle (27) beat Elizabeth Mawhinney (26) on the 19th
Minor Cup - Semi-Final Ballinrobe 4 Greystones 1 Marie Burke (22) beat Anne Costello (21) 4&3 Louise Cribben (23) beat Monica Smith (21) 2&1 Joanne Hynes (23) beat Frances Twomey (23) 2&1 Eileen Byrne (24) halved with Regina Barry (23) (called in) Breege Costello (26) halved with Aideen O'Leary (25) (called in)
Senior Foursomes Semi-FinalsIn the hotly contested Senior Foursomes category, East Cork dominated Portumna from the start. All East Cork matches were up through the 6th and continued in this fashion. Portumna player and Senior International Suzanne Corcoran and partner Madden Madden made a comeback on the final stretch but opponents Lillian Hartigan and Deirdre Ryan closed the match on the home green. The final result was 3-0 to the Cork side.
The second semi-final was contested between Kilkenny and Royal Portrush. Kilkenny were slight favourites after overcoming Milltown yesterday but Royal Portrush has the title in sight and it wasn't to be for the All-Ireland Senior Cup Champions. The top match was all square through 12 and there was no difference between the teams but Helen Jones and Heidi Simpson (Royal Portrush) edged ahead and secured a 2&1 win. Kilkenny's youthful middle pairing of Sarah Molloy and Jan Browne delivered once again and closed out the match on the 14th. The final match looked like it would be an early win for Royal Portrush as they were 6 up through 9 but Kilkenny's Mary Leahy-Browne and partner Phyl Doyle fought back before missing a putt on the 18th to lose 1 down. Royal Portrush will take on East Cork tomorrow.
Results Senior Foursomes - Semi-Final East Cork 3 Portumna 0 Grace McGrath & Sarah O'Brien (14) beat Claire Callanan & Riona Holohan (25) 3&1 Lillian Hartigan & Deirdre Ryan (16) beat Suzanne Corcoran & Mary Madden (26) 1up Deirdre O'Mahony & Mairead Ni Mhurchu (18) beat Anne Fahy & Anita Carey (27) 3&1
Senior Foursomes - Semi-Final Kilkenny 1 Royal Portrush 2 Ann Smee & Dervilla O'Byrne (14) lost to Helen Jones & Heidi Simpson (14) 2&1 Sarah Molloy & Jan Browne (14) beat Moyra McElderry & Nicky Smyth (14) 6&4 Mary Leahy & Phyl Doyle (17) lost to Vivienne Houston & Shauna Park (16) 1 down
Junior Cup Quarter-FinalThe Junior Cup produced some quality golf in the match between Wexford and Belvoir Park. Wexford last won the All-Ireland Junior Cup title in 2012 and are hoping to add another to their collection. A good win for Wexford's Rachel O'Connor in the top match set the tone for the day. The second match came down to the final hole, before Carmel Murphy (Wexford) holed a 15 foot slider to win the match. Matches three and four were taken by the Ulster side, leaving the decider to the final game between Irene Bolger and Pauline Bailie. Bolger held her nerve and secured the win on the 19th green. Wexford will play Castletroy tomorrow in the semi-final, while Castle face Roscommon.
Results Junior Cup - Quarter-Final Wexford 3 Belvoir Park 2 Rachel O'Connor (7) beat Olivia McClurg (7) 3&1 Carmel Murphy (8) beat Ciara Brennan (7) 1up Sheila Richardson (9) lost to Gail Linter (8) 3&2 Margaret Atkinson (10) lost to Julie Morrison (10) 6&5 Irene Bolger (11) beat Pauline Bailie (12) on the 19th
Junior Foursomes Quarter-FinalIt looked bright for Belvoir Park as they put the first point on the board with a huge 8&6 win over Tramore in the middle match. However, it wasn't to be for the Ulster side as Tramore secured wins on the 18th in the top match and the 17th in the bottom match. They will play another Tipperary Team, Cahir Park in the semi-final tomorrow.
The second semi-final will welcome Stackstown and Castlebar. Both teams have been preparing well for the semi-final but team member and ILGU District Chairman, Regina Kerr shared their pre-match preparation with us, "We went out to a Heather field outside Carlingford last night in the rain and picked some ahead of the match, as we were told it will bring us luck. If we don't win now, it's all the one", she laughed.
Results Junior Foursomes - Quarter-Final Tramore 2 Belvoir Park 1 Mia Maughan & Colette Palmer (36) beat Judy Simpson & Marie Canavan (34) 1up Lucia Ahearn O'Flaherty & Sarah Howard (37) lost to Sue Cashman & Johanna Shields (37) 8&6 Mary Cantwell & Rachel Mulcahy (39) beat Ann Boden & Donna Finlay (40) 3&1
Challenge Cup Quarter-FinalHeadfort had three substantial wins in the Challenge Cup to progress past the quarter-final stage, over Co. Sligo. The first match won 4&3, the third 5&4 and the fourth match 6&5, while the other two were called in. Headfort will now play Wexford in the semi-final. Co. Armagh and Ballybunion will face off in the second semi-final.
Results Challenge Cup - Quarter-Final Headfort 4 Co. Sligo 1 Oonagh Clarke (27) beat Jean Barr (27) 4&3 Susan Reilly (28) halved with Rosie Mullan (29) (called in) Mary Bowler (30) beat Emma Flanagan (30) 5&4 Ita Cribbin (31) beat Patricia Harte (30) 6&5 Helen Stafford (33) halved with Patsy McElrone (35) (called in)
Friday 23 September 2016 08:00 Junior Cup Semi Final: Wexford–v- Castletroy 08:45 Junior Cup Semi Final: Roscommon –v- Castle 09:30 Junior Foursomes Semi Final: Castlebar –v- Stackstown 10:00 Junior Foursomes Semi Final: Tramore –v- Cahir Park 10:30 Challenge Cup Semi Final: Co. Armagh –v- Ballybunion 11:15 Challenge Cup Semi Final: Headfort –v- Wexford 12:15 Intermediate Cup Final: Wicklow –v- Portumna 13:00 Minor Cup Final: Co. Armagh –v- Ballinrobe 13:45 Senior Foursomes Final: East Cork –v- Royal Portrush
Saturday 24 September 2016 10:00 Junior Foursomes Final: 10:40 Junior Cup Final: 11:30 Challenge Cup Final:
The above schedule may be subject to change.