Delight for Dun Laoghaire at Revive Active Finals

​​​​​​The Revive Active Fourball National Finals took place at Athenry Golf Club 5th and 6th of October.​

  • 05 October 2019

​Caption: Aine Jolly (DunLaoghaire) with her children as Dun Laoghaire win the Revive Active Ladies National Interclub Fourball Finals at Athenry Golf Club | Image by Jenny Matthews (www.cashmanphotography.ie)


Sunday 6th October 2019 
Dun Laoghaire defend Revive Active title at Athenry…

Dun Laoghaire (3½) Tramore (1½) (Dun Laoghaire names first)
Caroline Hewitt (5) & Angela O'Sullivan (15) beat Anna Dawson (2) & Bonnie Collingwood (23) on 19th ; Barbara Dillon (10) & Jackie Brownlow (12) lost to Eilis Strappe (10) & Ella Butler (20) 4&3; Fionnuala Halpin (5) & Jacinta McGinley (18) halved with Amanda O'Connor (16) & Clodagh O'Brien (18) (called in); Aine Jolly (12) & Alice Collins (14) beat Mia Maughan (17) & Olivia O'Hanlon (22) 2up; Fiona Scott (11) & Helen McGoohan (16) beat Marian Arnold (19) & Rachel Mulcahy (20) 2&1

Tramore got off to the better start in the final against Dun Laoghaire on a lovely autumnal day in Athenry.  The Waterford side was 3 up in the top match with some excellent golf being played, including a holed bunker shot birdie on the long par 3 twelfth for Dun Laoghaire which was duly followed by a 25ft birdie putt for Tramore.  However by the 15th hole the match was all square and Dun Laoghaire went on the win on the 19th, meanwhile Eilis Strappe ad Ella Butler put the first point on the board Tramore beating Barbara Dillon and Jackie Brownlow 4&3.  It was nip 'n tuck in the remaining matches with no more than a hole or two separating the teams before Dun Laoghaire reigned champions again winning the bottom two matches while the third match called in playing the 19th.

Semi Finals
Dun Laoghaire (4) Ballybofey & Stranorlar (1) (Dun Laoghaire names first) 
Caroline Hewitt (5) & Angela O'Sullivan (15) beat Darragh McGowan (3) Karen O'Meara (21) 4&2; Barbara Dillon (10) & Jackie Brownlow (12) halved with Margaret McConnell (11) & Eileen Reilly (17) (called in); Fionnuala Halpin (5) & Jacinta McGinley (18) beat Dolores Devaney (12) & Ann Glancy (17) 4&3; Aine Jolly (12) & Alice Collins (14) beat Mary McHugh (17) & Eileen Boyce (17) 4&3; Fiona Scott (11) & Helen McGoohan (16) halved with Bridie Faulkner (19) & Josephine Stewart (20) (called in)

Kilrea (2) Tramore (3) (Kilrea names first)
Una Bradley (7) & Roisin O'Hara (17)  beat Anna Dawson (2) & Sarah Howard (17) 4&2; Sharon Bradley (11) & Maureen Bradley Travis (18) lost to Eilis Strappe (10) & Ella Butler (20) 5&3; Catherine O'Donnell (11) & Bridie McCloskey (19)  lost to Amanda O'Connor (16) & Clodagh O'Brien (18) 6&5; Veronica Kelly (13) & Noreen Graham (21)  beat Mia Maughan (17) & Olivia O'Hanlon (22) 3&2; Lorna Torrens (11) & Norma Clyde (25)  lost to Marian Arnold (19) & Rachel Mulcahy (20) by 1 hole.

As current holders of the Revive Active Ladies Four-ball trophy, Dun Laoghaire Golf Club remain on course to retain their trophy at Athenry Golf Club as they defeated Ballybofey & Stranorlar in today's semi-final.  With four players remaining from the victorious 2018 team the top pair of Caroline Hewitt and Angela O'Sullivan were both new to this stage, and despite persistent rain throughout the day, they had a convincing win over Ballybofey's experienced Darragh McGowan partnered with Karen O'Meara to set Dun Laoghaire on their way.  Seasoned four-ball campaigners Fionnuala Halpin and Jacinta McGinley secured a win on the 15th leaving one more match in order for Dun Laoghaire to advance to the final which Aine Jolly ad Alice Collins duly secured.   

Kilrea who were so narrowly defeated by Dun Laoghaire in 2018 were keen to progress to the final again.  The team featured 7 players from last years' campaign and got off to a great start with Una Bradley and Roisin O'Hara winning the top match against a Tramore pair that featured current Irish Girls International and ILGU Horizon high performance panel member Anna Dawson who was partnered with Sarah Howard and the third match.  However, ultimately Kilrea came up short against and a tenacious Tramore team who won the second and third matches by convincing margins and eventually secured their final berth with Marian Arnold and Rachel Mulcahy defeating Lorna Torrens and Norma Clyde on the home green.

Pre-Tournament news

The Revive Active Fourball National Finals are scheduled to take place at Athenry Golf Club this weekend, the 5th and 6th of October.

Regional Champions Dun Laoghaire, Tramore, Kilrea and Ballybofey & Stranorlar have battled to reach the final 4 of 220 clubs who entered the event at the beginning of the year. 

Dun Laoghaire are seeking back-to-back titles while Kilrea have a score to settle as beaten finalists in 2018. 

Each team consists of 5 pairings, the lowest handicap in each match plays off scratch and concedes strokes to the other three players based on 90% of the difference between full handicaps.

Revive Active is in its fourth year of sponsoring the National Ladies Fourball, providing a range of super supplements, Revive Active generously give a 15% Discount to ILGU Members by using the code L15 on their website www.reviveactive.com

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Caption: Anna Dawson (Tramore) (Image by Pat Cashman)