Golf - Killarney are Senior Cup Champions

Kilkenny Senior Cup

Royal Curragh Golf Club was host to the 2017 Senior Cup finals in which Killarney proved victorious over Royal Portrush with a 4:1 victory. Killarney lined out the same team that beat the Island in yesterday’s semi-final whereas Royal Portrush made one change and substituted Naoimh Quigg in for Helen Jones. The Munster side made a strong start as Mairead, Valerie and Kelly all went 2 up early on in their matches, however the match was still all to play for as both Emma Forbes and Hannah Henderson for Royal Portrush also went up early in their matches. After the turn Killarney were still leading in the first 3 matches but Lucy Simpson was chipping back at the early lead afforded to Mairead, leaving everything still to play for. Valerie Clancy was the first result in as she finished 4&3 over Gemma McClenaghan, followed shortly after by Kelly Brotherton who also sealed a 4&3 victory. With the Royal Portrush up in both the last two games, it was all down to the first match in which Mairead was now 2 up with 2 holes to play. With a birdie on the 17th, the match was now won and Killarney were crowned Senior Cup Champions for the first time in the clubs history.

Final – Saturday 26th August

Killarney (4) Royal Portrush (1) (Killarney names first) Mairead Martin beat Lucy Simpson 2&1, Valerie Clancy beat Gemma McClenaghan 4&3, Kelly Brotherton beat Naoimh Quigg 4&3, Mary Sheehy halved with Emma Forbes (called-in), Claire Keating halved with Hannah Henderson (called-in)

Semi-Finals

Killarney (3) The Island (2) (Killarney names first) Mairead Martin beat Julie McCarthy 3&1, Valerie Clancy beat Lauren Walsh 1 hole, Kelly Brotherton beat Clodagh Walsh 20th, Mary Sheehy lost to Gertie McMullen 2&1, Claire Keating lost to Suzy Sheehan 2&1

The Heath (1.5) Royal Portrush (3.5) (The Heath names first) Meadhbh Doyle lost to Lucy Simpson1 hole, Molly Dowling beat Gemma McClenaghan 2&, Shannen Brown halved with Helen Jones (called-in), Catherine Reilly lost to Emma Forbes 7&6, Helen Kelly lost to Hannah Henderson 9&7

Quarter Finals

Killarney (4) Kilkenny (1) (Killarney names first) Mairead Martin beat Mary Dowling 4&3, Valerie Clancy beat Orla Dunphy 3&1, Kelly Brotherton beat Mary Leahy-Browne 2&1, Mary Sheehy halved with Jan Browne (called in), Eimear O'Donnell halved with Anne Smee (called in)

Roscommon (0.5) The Island (4.5) (Roscommon names first) Ruth Lennon lost to Julie McCarthy 5&4, Chloe O'Connor lost to Lauren Walsh 5&4, Aisling Hill lost to Clodagh Walsh 7&6, Paula Quinn halved with Gertie McMullen (called in), Ciara Ryan lost to Suzy Sheehan 7&6

The Heath (3.5) Royal County Down Ladies (1.5) (The Heath names first) Mary Doyle lost to Paula Grant 2&1, Meadhbh Doyle beat Danielle McVeigh 1hole, Molly Dowling beat Clare Calvert 5&4, Shannon Browne halved with Lavinia Bowe (called-in), Catherine Reilly beat Katie Poots 4&2

Lahinch (2) Royal Portrush (3) (Lahinch names first) Sinead Sexton lost to Lucy Simpson 19th, Sarah Cunningham lost to Gemma McClenaghan 3&1, Aine Donegan beat Helen Jones 3&2, Aideen Walsh beat Emma Forbes 2&1, Olivia Lucas lost to Hannah Henderson 3&1