Friday, August 19, 2016

Senior Cup All-Ireland Finals
Greystones Golf Club
Cork and Kilkenny vie for Senior Cup title
Irish Ladies Golf Union
Greystones Golf Club welcomed all eight quarter-finalists this morning, on a stormy but exciting day. The weather proved eventful for all players but it calmed as lunch time approached and the sun appeared for the afternoon semi-finals. Cork and Kilkenny emerged victorious and will face each other tomorrow in the All-Ireland Final.
National Senior Cup Semi-Finals – 19th August
Cork continued their impressive form against Milltown in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. Cork’s Claire Coughlan Ryan had a tough match with Deirdre Walsh and it came down to the final hole but the past International and Curtis Cup player showed her class and secured a 1up victory. It was a young gun battle in the second match between Rachel Thompson and Gemma McCarthy but Thompson was up through the 6th hole and ensued the win on the 17th. With two matches in the bag, Cork only needed one more match and that came from Paula Walsh, as she had a significant 5 and 3 victory over Ann Marie Dalton. The final two matches were called in and Cork progress to the All-Ireland Final.
2015 All-Ireland Finalists Kilkenny, came out all guns blazing as Orla Dunphy was the first to add a point to the board for the Kilkenny side. She dominated from the start and never looked back as she won her match 7 and ;6. The top match between Nikki Curry and Mary Dowling appeared to be even through the opening holes but Dowling took the lead through the 9th and continued with momentum as she won on the 15th, 5 and 3. Katie Aherne sealed the win for Kilkenny as she overcame Brooke Hopley 5 and 4. The third and fifth matches were called in. Kilkenny will return to the All-Ireland Final for the second consecutive year.
Final - Saturday 20th August

Semi-Final – Friday 19th August
Deirdre Walsh (2) lost to Claire Coughlan Ryan (1) 1 hole   
Gemma McCarthy (3) lost to Rachel Thompson (2) 2 and 1.        
Ann Marie Dalton (4) lost to Paula Walsh (4) 5 and 3.    
Georgia Carr (5) halved with Michelle Tobin (8) (called in)
Ann Marie Powell (5) halved with Orla Murray (10) (called in)
Nikki Curry (4) lost to Mary Dowling (0) 5 and 3
Kelsey Coey (5) lost to Orla Dunphy (2) 7 and 6
Caroline Adams (5) halved with Mary Leahy Browne (2) (called in) 
Brooke Hopley (5) lost to Katie Aherne (3) 5 and 4
Alison McCloskey (8) halved with Jan Browne (7) (called in)      

National Senior Cup Quarter-Finals – 19th August
Milltown dominated Royal Portrush in the first of the Irish Senior Cup National Quarter-Finals this morning, at Greystones Golf Club. Talented teen Georgia Carr was first to card an early 7 and 5 win over past Senior International Helen Jones. Gemma McCarthy followed with a one-hole win for the Leinster side on the 18th over Naoimh Quigg as did Deirdre Walsh over Lucy Simpson. Ann Marie Dalton secured a 2 and 1 victory over Royal Portrush youngster Hannah Henderson and the final match was called in between Vivienne Houston and Ellen O’Gorman.
The top three matches in the second semi-final between Cork and Ballinasloe were dominated by the former. Past Curtis Cup player, Claire Coughlan Ryan overcame Fiona Moclair 5 and 4 and in the middle match, Paula Walsh secured a 6 and 4 victory over Claire Staunton. 
Cork’s Junior International Rachel Thompson added the final blow with a two-hole  win over past Senior International Mary Madden. The last two matches were called in, resulting in a 4-1 win for the Cork team. They will face Milltown in the first of the semi-finals.
Reigning All-Ireland Senior Cup Champions The Island, bowed out in the quarter-final stages to Clandeboye. Nikki Curry took control of the top match in the early stages against International Julie McCarthy. Curry was four up early in the match but a fight back from McCarthy brought the match to the 18th, however Curry held on to secure a 1up victory for the Ulster side. Kelsey Coey and Brooke Hopley added wins for Clandeboye. Seasoned Senior International Gertie McMullen added a 6 and 5 win for the Island and Junior International Lauren Walsh won 3 and 2 but it wasn’t enough for the defending champions.
It was a tight affair in the early stages of the match between the Heath and Kilkenny but Kilkenny took the upper hand as the matches progressed. In the top match Kilkenny’s Mary Dowling was two down through six but she fought back and sealed a win on the 17th
Youngster Jan Browne added another win with a mighty 7 and 6 blow against Marie Conlon. Both Katie Ahern and Mary Leahy-Browne secured victories, which sealed the deal and sees them through to the semi-final against Clandeboye.
Quarter-Finals - Friday 19th August
Lucy Simpson (0) lost to Deirdre Walsh (2) 1 hole.

 Naoimh Quigg (1) lost to Gemma McCarthy (3) 1 hole       
Hannah Henderson (3) lost to Ann Marie Dalton (4) 2 and 1       
Helen Jones (4) lost to Georgia Carr (5) 7 and 5  
Vivienne Houston (6) halved with Ellen O'Gorman (5) (called in)         
Fiona Moclair (6) lost to Claire Coughlan Ryan (1) 5 and 4          
Mary Madden (6) lost to Rachel Thompson (2) 2 holes      
Claire Staunton (8) lost to Paula Walsh (4) 6 and 4          
Regina Power (10) halved with Michelle Tobin (8) (called in)   
Catherine Owens (13) halved with Orla Murray (10) (called in)                                    
Julie McCarthy (+1) lost to Nikki Curry (4) 1 hole
Gillian O'Leary (1) lost to Kelsey Coey (5) 1 hole
Gertie McMullen (1) bt Caroline Adams (5) 6 and 5      
Anna Courtney (3) lost to Brooke Hopley (5) 4 and 3      
Lauren Walsh (4) bt Alison McCloskey (8) 3 and 2       
THE HEATH 1 KILKENNY 4              
Mary Doyle (0) lost to Mary Dowling(0) 2 and 1  
Meadhbh Doyle (2) bt Orla Dunphy (2) 4 and 2
Shannen Brown (3) lost to Mary Leahy Browne (2) 1 hole.
Catherine Reilly (6) lost to Katie Aherne (3) 3 and 2.
Marie Conlon (11) lost to Jan Browne (7) 7 and 6.


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