KirkwoodGolf: Dublin City defeat Clonmel in Miele All Ireland Fourball Final

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Dublin City defeat Clonmel in Miele All Ireland Fourball Final

From the ILGU website

Sunday 14th October 2012

Dublin City Golf Club won the Miele All Ireand Ladies Interclub Fourball final at Westmanstown Golf Club, defeating a courageous Clonmel team in the final.  The Dublin side had the better start on a damp morning and were up in two matches, level in one and down in one after 9 holes and duly went on the win the top two matches by 2 and 1 and 3 and 2 margins.  It was now very much an uphill battle for Clonmel who needed to win the remaining two matches by a greater number of holes up to City’s tally of five.  Therefore, once the matches were still alive through the 16th and 17th respectively there could be no comeback for Clonmel so both matches were called in to allow Dublin City’s celebrations begin.

Dublin City 3 Clonmel 1
Rebecca McRory (10) & Rachel Treanor (13) beat Gemma McCarthy (5) & Shula McCarthy (15)  2&1
Carol Loftus (12) & Grace O'Neill (15) beat Katherine Morrissey (7) & Gemma Murphy (13) 3&2
Sheila Stone (14) & Leonie Colgan (14) halved with Shauna O'Brien (6) & Deirdre Ronan (16) called in
Esme Murphy (5) & Rebecca Rush (24) halved with Helen O'Donoghue (12) & Jeannie Ronan (15) called in

3rd Place play off
The play off for third place was a tightly contested affair between Portumna and Ballycastle.  Portumna had the better start and were up in three matches and all square in the last through the turn.  Portumna went on to win two matches before Ballycastlle went ahead in the bottom match to win 3 and 1.  Ballycastle’s Fiona McComb and Rita McCormick came from two down through nine to draw the top match level after the regulation 18 holes but Portumna with the experience of Irish Senior International Suzanne Corcoran and partner Anne Fahy won on the 20th where both teams had pars but Portumna with a shot in hand claimed the Miele Ireland Fourball bronze medal.

Ballycastle 1 Portumna 3
Fiona McComb (8) & Rita McCormick (12) lost to Suzanne Corcoran (2) & Anne Fahy (18) on 20th
Mary T McKiernan(12) & Susan Crawford(14) lost to Claire Callanan(8) & Mary Madden(22) 3&2
Fiona Glass (12) & Jenny Parkhill (14) lost to Anita Carey (13) & Mary McElroy (24) 1up
Brenda McNeill (11) & Ettaline Wasson (19) beat Carmel Cunningham (15) & Mary McDonagh (22) 3&1

Semi Finals
On a beautiful sunny October afternoon the Miele all Ireland semi finals took place on a well presented course at Westmanstown which showed little sign of the inclement weather from the previous week. 
Ballycastle and Dublin City were first up on the tee box and it was Dublin City who claimed the first point for their team when Rebecca Mc Rory and Rachel Treanor defeated Fiona Glass and Jenny Parkhill 5&4. Leonie Colgan and Rebecca Rush who chipped into the hole on the 16th green to win the hole were next with a 4&2 win over Brenda Mc Neill and Ettaline Wasson. Esme Murphy and Grace O Neill followed up with a win on the 18th against Fiona Mc Comb and Rita Mc Cormick to secure their place in the finals tomorrow at 10.30am. Portumna and Clonmel were the second group to tee off.  In a very tightly contested match Portumna took the first point with a 3&2 win for Anita Carey & Mary Mc Elroy over Katherine Morrissey and Gemma Murphy.  That was immediately followed by a 2&1 victory for mother and daughter team Shula and Gemma Mc Carthy from  Clonmel over Claire Callanan and Mary Madden.  Helen O Donoghue and Jeannie Ronan defeated Anne Fahy and Brid Kelly 3&2.  The third match of Carmel Cunningham and Mary Mc Donagh beat Sahuna O Brien and Deirdre Ronan 2up.  A tie breaker was set and Claire Callanan and Mary Madden for Portumna and Gemma and Shula Mc Carthy from Clonmel went down the 19th in a nail biting finish Shula Mc Carthy putt  for par gave Clonmel the victory they dreamed of.

Ballycastle ½ Dublin City 3½
Fiona McComb (8) & Rita McCormack (12) lost to Esme Murphy (5) & Grace O'Neill (15) 1up
Fiona Glass (12) & Jenny Parkhill (14) lost to Rebecca McRory (10) & Rachel Treanor (13)5&4
Mary T McKiernan (12) & Susan Crawford (14) halved with Carol Loftus (12) &Sheila Stone(14)called in
renda McNeill (11) & Eftaline Wasson (19) lost to Leonie Colgan (14) & Rebecca Rush (24) 4&2

Potumna 2 Clonmel 2 (Clonmel won on tie hole)
Claire Callanan (8) & Mary Madden (22) lost to Gemma McCarthy (5) & Shula McCarthy (15) 2&1, also in a play-off on the 19th they won 1up.
Anita Carey (13) & Mary McElroy (24) beat Katherine Morrissey (7) & Gemma Murphy (13) 3&2
Carmel Cunningham (15) & Mary McDonagh (22) beat Shauna O'Brien (6) & Deirdre Ronan (16) 2 Up
Anne Fahy (18) & Brid Kelly (25) lost to Helen O'Donoghue (12) & Jeannie Ronan (15) 3&2