We round-up Sunday’s proceedings in the two provinces.
A massively exciting finish to the Leinster Gents Inter-County championship at St. Bridget’s saw Louth just hold off a phenomenal challenge from gallant Wexford. 2013 champions Louth led Wexford by eight after the foursomes, a 40 by Owen Smith and Sean Goggin contributing to the Wee County’s 36 under par tally. Wexford scored 41 under par for their six singles with Paul Tobin producing a 44. Louth’s final total aggregate was 417, Padraic Sarsfield’s 42 absolutely crucial in securing a one shot verdict. Ian Donnelly (winning for the fourth time), George Beardsley (his 5th Leinster Inter-County win) and Barry Thornton completed the jubilant Louth line-up. Holders Westmeath (with John McDonald and Stephen Ruane impressing) carded 430 for third place.
Kildare won the Leinster Ladies Inter-County championship for the first time since 2013 with an outstanding display at St. Bridget’s. One ahead of holders Dublin after the foursomes, the home county sextet was boosted by powerhouse performances from St. Bridget’s players Chrissie Byrne, Marian Courtney and Tara Dillon. Chrissie fired 45 and Tara shot 49 while Marian scored 51 as Kildare roared to a 19 stroke victory. Rose Kelly, Mairead O’Toole and Lily Slattery also played their part in the Lilywhites’ third success of this inter-county weekend. The margin equals their winning tally at Lucan six years ago. A Noeleen Bedford inspired Louth were third on 519.
Cork pulled off a clean sweep of the Gents titles with victory in the senior grade today in Tramore to add to their intermediate and junior successes yesterday. Cork fired 34 under for the foursomes to lead Kerry by six. A 41 from Ray Murphy and Eoin Walsh was Cork’s top foursomes score. Ray produced a phenomenal 43 in the singles while Eoin Walsh and Bryan Delaney were round in 45. John Walsh, Frank Dineen and Shane Murphy also contributed richly to Cork’s team total of 407, which secured a six in a row win for Ireland’s most successful Pitch and Putt county. A brilliant 44 by Eddie Hennessy and a 47 from Danny Sullivan saw Waterford score -29 in the singles to jump up to second place on 432, ahead of Tipperary on 441.
Eleanor Walsh, Paula Nolan, Siobhan Scannell and Sarah Byrne combined very well to earn Cork a keenly fought success in the Munster Senior Ladies Inter-County championship at Tramore. Seven under par after the foursomes and eleven clear, Cork did enough in the singles to hold off Tipperary. Martha O’Brien produced a best of the day 48 for the Premier County, who outscored the Rebelettes by seven in the singles. Matching 56s by Siobhan Scannell and Sarah Byrne in those singles saw Cork over the line by four shots, 331 to 335.
It was another Cork-Tipperary 1-2 in the Stableford Ladies Junior event. National Strokeplay champion Mairead Manning and Karen Aherne gave Cork a superb platform with 39 points in the foursomes. They were ably supported by Jill O’Riordan and Noreen Ryan n 34. Cork led by eleven at that stage and despite a strong singles performance by Tipperary, Cork finished six clear at the end, 182 to 176. Kerry were third on 147.
Some of the stars of Saturday’s Juvenile Inter-County championships headlined Cork’s 38 stroke victory in the Munster Juvenile Inter-County championship at Tramore. 10-13 champion Glenn Towler linked with Kieran Mills to score 45 in foursomes as Cork led by 13 shots at halfway. Eoin Keating’s 51 was the best singles return as Cork totalled 464 overall. Double Munster 14-15 champion Iain Aherne, Conor Bowdren and Cian Murphy also joined in this Cork success, which clinched a four in a row for the Rebel youngsters. Eoin Keating and Glenn Towler have each been on board for three of those wins.
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