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Royal Portrush set out to claim their 27th All Ireland Senior Cup Final title when the District qualifiers take place in early May.

The 5 District Champions will be joined by the 3 lowest handicapped Runners-up in the All Ireland Finals at Mount Wolseley, 15-16 August 2014.

DISTRICT QUALIFIERS
East Leinster: 10-11 May at Milltown Golf Club
Munster: 10-11 May at Killarney Golf Club (Killeen)
Mid Leinster: 10-11 May at Carlow Golf Club
Connacht: 10-11 May at Ballinasloe Golf Club
Ulster: 11-12 May at Balmoral Golf Club

ALL IRELAND FINAL
15-16 August at Mount Wolseley Golf Club

STORY OF THE 2013 FINAL
Defending Champions Royal Portrush won their 26th Irish Senior Cup title with a 3-1 victory over Kilkenny in the morning final at Portumna Golf Club, 16 August. The top match was a ding-dong affair with Mary Dowling coming from behind on several occasions and firing an up-and-down birdie on 17 to tie the match. Lucy Simpson responded admirably by finding the green at the short 18 and when Mary failed to get up and down once more, this time to a tricky pin position, Royal Portrush edged ahead in the fixture.

Victoria Bradshaw doubled their advantage with some fine iron play to defeat Eileen Rose Power on 17. Orla Dunphy pulled a match back for The Cats with a brave 4 footer for a final hole victory over Helen Jones but Hannah Henderson sealed the Irish Senior Cup title for a record 26th time for the Ulster side when she, on her Senior Cup debut, was conceded a half on 17 to close out her tie with Ann Smee.

FINAL
ROYAL PORTRUSH 3 KILKENNY 1
Lucy Simpson beat Mary Dowling 1up
Victoria Bradshaw beat Eileen Rose Power 3/1
Helen Jones lost to Orla Dunphy 1up
Naoimh Quigg halved with Mary Leahy Browne (called in)
Hannah Henderson beat Ann Smee 3/1

SEMI FINAL NEWS
Defending Champions Royal Portrush and Kilkenny are through to the All Ireland Final of the 2013 Irish Senior Cup after securing victories over Castletroy and Enniscorthy in this afternoon's semi finals at at Portumna Golf Club, 16 August.

Despite Chloe Ryan putting Castletroy into an early lead after defeating Lucy Simpson 5/4, Royal Portush proved much too strong for the Shannonsiders winning the next 3 matches without reply.

The second semi final proved a much tighter affair with the lead changing umpteen times. Enniscorthy raced ahead with the King twins Nicola and Jennifer once again producing the goods to give the Wexford side a 2 match lead. Kilkenny dug deep and levelled the tie with wins from stalwarts Mary Dowling and Eileen Rose Power on the home green. This paved the way for seasoned campaigner Mary Leahy Browne to step up to the plate, which she duly did holing from 5 feet at the last to book a final berth with Royal Portrush at 9.30am tomorrow, Saturday 17 August.

QUARTER FINAL NEWS
Defending Champions Royal Portrush, Castletroy, Enniscorthy & Kilkenny are through to the semi-finals of the 2013 Irish Senior Cup after securing victories in the All Ireland quarter-finals at Portumna Golf Club, 16 August.

In the tie of the round, Kilkenny emerged victorious over The Island 3-2 with two matches going the full distance and a further two matches going to tie holes. Royal Portrush continued their recent dominance at this level securing 4 points from a luckless Co. Louth.

In the third quarter final, home side Portumna raced to a 2-1 lead before Shirley Real and Fiona Corbett sealed victory for the Shannonsiders. While the fourth quarter final saw the King twins secure convincing victories as Enniscorthy overwhelmed a young Royal Co. Down Ladies side.

IRISH SENIOR CUP - PORTUMNA GOLF CLUB 16-17 AUGUST
FINAL
ROYAL PORTRUSH 3 KILKENNY 1
Lucy Simpson beat Mary Dowling 1up
Victoria Bradshaw beat Eileen Rose Power 3/1
Helen Jones lost to Orla Dunphy 1up
Naoimh Quigg halved with Mary Leahy Browne (called in)
Hannah Henderson beat Ann Smee 3/1

SEMI-FINALS
ROYAL PORTRUSH 3  CASTLETROY 1
Lucy Simpson lost to Chloe Ryan 5/4
Victoria Bradshaw beat Patrice Delaney 3/1
Helen Jones beat Lisa O'Shea 3/2
Naoimh Quigg beat Shirley Real 5/4
Hannah Henderson halved with Fiona Corbett (called in)

ENNISCORTHY 2 KILKENNY 3
Aisling O'Leary lost to Mary Dowling 1up
Sorcha Howell lost to Eileen Rose Power 2up
Nicola King beat Orla Dunphy 3/1
Ciara Sharkey lost to Mary Leahy Browne 1up
Jennifer King beat Ann Smee 5/4

QUARTER FINALS
ROYAL PORTRUSH 4 Co. LOUTH
Lucy Simpson beat Deirdre Smith 2/1
Victoria Bradshaw beat Carla Reynolds at 19th
Helen Jones beat Jennifer Gannon 1up
Naoimh Quigg beat Oonagh Purfield 5/4
Hannah Henderson halved with Roisin Brady (called in)

CASTLETROY 3 PORTUMNA 2
Chloe Ryan beat Anne Cassidy 2/1
Patrice Delaney lost to  Suzanne Corcoran 1up
Lisa O'Shea lost to Ciara Magill 2/1
Shirley Real beat Carmel McLoughlin 1up
Fiona Corbett beat Anita Carey 3/1


ENNISCORTHY 4 ROYAL Co. DOWN LADIES 1
Aisling O'Leary halved with Veronica MacGreevy (called in)
Sorcha Howell beat Anita McCaw 5/4
Nicola King beat Emma Dickson 6/5
Ciara Sharkey halved with Sinead McVeigh (called in)
Jennifer King beat Laura McCaw 4/3

THE ISLAND 2 KILKENNY 3
Gillian O'Leary lost to Mary Dowling 19th
Rachel Cassidy beat Eileen Rose Power 1up
Julie McCarthy beat Mary Leahy Browne 1up
Gertie McMullen lost to Orla Dunphy at 20th
Ashleigh Wilton lost to Ann Smee 3/2

PRE TOURNAMENT NEWS
Defending Champions and favourites Royal Portrush will go in search of their 26th Irish Senior Cup title when 8 teams tee off in the All Ireland quarter-finals at Portumna Golf Club, 16 August.

In a jam-packed weekend of qualifying matches last May, Royal Portrush were crowned Ulster champions after a nailbiting 3 -1 victory over Royal Co. Down Ladies, who themselves have qualified for the finals through the back-door system.

Portumna secured a convincing 4-1 win over Roscommon to be crowned Connacht champions and will feature strongly on home ground when they face quarter final debutantes Castletroy after the Munster champions defeated Cork last May.

The Island were crowned East Leinster Champions after a 3-2 victory over favourites Co. Louth and now face a tough assignment against Kilkenny, the mid Leinster back-door qualifiers.

In the fourth quarter final, Mid Leinster Champions Enniscorthy face an emerging RCD Ladies side who boast a host of talented Juniors in their ranks.

Co. Louth, Kilkenny and RCD Ladies all qualified through the back-door system with luckless Cork and Roscommon losing out on handicap aggregate.

The Irish Quarter Finals commence at 8am on Friday morning with the champions crowned on Saturday around lunchtime.

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