A winning tradition at AIG Ladies Cups and Shields

​​The AIG Ladies Cups and Shields concluded today at Knightsbrook Hotel and Golf Resort where six All-Ireland Pennants were won.

  • 28 September 2019

​Caption: Emma Duffy Keena (Mullingar) durning the Intermediate Cup Final during the AIG Cups and Shields at Knightsbrook Hotel and Golf Resort (Image by Jenny Matthews, Cashman Photography)

The AIG Ladies Cups and Shields concluded today at Knightsbrook Hotel and Golf Resort where six All-Ireland Pennants were won.

Play resumed early this morning as darkness halted play in Friday’s Senior Foursomes, Intermediate Cup and Minor Cup finals.

Down to the last putt on the final green, Limerick were eventual winners by two matches to one in the AIG Senior Foursomes final against Massereene. Limerick Team Captain Ailish Dilger said: ‘It’s truly fantastic, we’re overcome with excitement and emotions. It all came down to the last. What a day, what a super feeling.’

Next up for completion was the AIG Minor Cup where New Forest, affiliated to the ILGU for just six years, posted a special victory.
‘Two years ago we hadn’t enough players to field a Minor Cup team and here we are, All-Ireland Champions,’ beamed Mary Fallon, Team Captain. ‘It is unthinkable. In 2016 we only had 20 female members, today we have 50. They’re all new members. It’s a dream come true.’

On a personal note, Fallon picked up a club once retiring and admits, she wasn’t a golf lover straight away. 

‘I spent my life giving out about golf because my husband was always playing. He often tried to bring me but I was busy and was working. Then, when I retired, I gave it a go. Now I’m such an advocate of it because I know how healthy it is. Mentally and physically it’s so good. 

‘I think for women, particularly of a similar age to me, who have spent their lives driving kids around and whatever else, this is their opportunity. I cannot support golf enough and promote golf enough, I am completely turned around.’
Caption: New Forest GC win the Minor Cup Final at Knightsbrook Hotel and Golf Resort during the AIG Cups and Shields.

Mullingar fell short of a double celebration in the clubs 125th year but a first green pennant was awarded to their Intermediate Cup team. Emma Keena Duffy secured the winning point on the 18th green.

‘We’re all so proud, it’s wonderful for Mullingar, they have been working towards this for years. It was a tight finish. I lost my nerve on the 16th when I didn’t hole out and again on 17. We got there in the end and it was entertaining for everyone I hope!’

Anne Fahy, Portumna Team Captain, described the AIG Junior Foursomes Final as an ‘absolutely titanic struggle!’ In denying Mullingar their second pennant of the day, some Portumna players have won their seventh All-Ireland medal.

‘We won our first game on 16 then lost the next one on the same hole,’ explained Fahy. ‘It all came down to Rachel Madden and Mary McElroy and you couldn’t have a better pair to bring us home.’

The AIG Junior Cup and AIG Challenge Cup finals brought the day to a conclusion with Enniscorthy and East Cork winning respectively. 

‘It’s our fourth All-Ireland title in twelve years and we’re absolutely delighted,’ said Connie Doyle of Enniscorthy. ‘We’d a great match today against Limerick and I’d like to congratulate them on a very sporting competition.’

It was a dominating performance by East Cork who defeated Moyola Park, Rathcore and Tulfarris on the path to Challenge Cup victory. Leading player Orla Evans, just 17, played no more than fourteen holes in any match. 

‘We’ve won three All-Ireland titles in seven years but this was the first since our Proprietor passed away,’ said Anne O’Connell. ‘I think he settled up there and looked after us this week.’

The AIG Ladies Cups and Shields returns to Knightsbrook in 2020.

AIG Senior Foursomes Final
Limerick (2) Massereene (1) (Limerick names first) F McGann & E Guinane beat L Simpson & J Parkhill 1hole; E Walsh & H Fitzgerald beat L McMeekin & H Myles 1hole; O Barry & C Finucane lost to A Kelly & N Gordon-Foster 5&3

AIG Minor Cup Final
New Forest (4) Kilmashogue (1) (New Forest names first) C Scally beat E McCarthy 3&1; D O’Connor beat G Fair 2&1; R O’Shea beat E Healy 2 holes; S Donegan halved with M Judge; A Naughton halved with M Gough

AIG Intermediate Cup Final
Mullingar (3) Loughrea (2) (Mullingar names first) B McCarrick beat C Murray 3&2; J Hogan beat H Shaughnessy 5&3; S Ruane lost to G Keely 3&2; G Egan lost to T Whyte 1 hole; E Keena Duffy won 1 hole

AIG Junior Foursomes Final
Portumna (2) Mullingar (1) (Portumna names first) B Kilmartin & B Kelly beat R Whelehan & A Daly Glennon 3&2; K Lynch & M Madden lost to B Carroll & J Carroll 3&2; M McElroy & R Madden beat H Moorhead & M Bate 19th

AIG Junior Cup Final
Limerick (2) Enniscorthy (3) (Limerick names first) M Conlon lost to E McGrath 19th; H Fitzgerald lost to C Hogan 2 holes; S Conway beat M Mooney 2 holes; A O’Mahony beat S Sinnott 5&4; E Morris lost to N Jacob 3&2.

AIG Challenge Cup Final
East Cork (4) Tulfarris (1) (East Cork names first) O Evans beat R Edwards 7&5; C Goldspring beat A Finnegan 3&2; N Kelleher beat C O’Mahony 6&4; A O’Sullivan halved with M Solan (called-in); L Cuddigan halved with I Masterson (called-in)