Irish Senior Cup sponsored by AIG
Laytown & Bettystown defeated a young Killarney side to win their second Irish Senior Cup title sponsored by AIG at Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Country Club, Saturday 16 August.
Alison Taylor continued her fine run of form which saw her undefeated over the weekend after yet another victory this time over Caitriona Griffin on fourteen. Laytown & Bettystown then raced into a two match advantage when Rachel Taylor, also undefeated in the quarters and semis, closed out Valerie Clancy on the sixteenth green. The fixture was finally decided when in the top match, seasoned international Carol Wickham birdied the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth on her way to defeating current girls' International Mairead Martin on the home green.
Laytown & Bettystown now celebrate their second title having previously won in 1988 while Killarney’s young debutantes can look forward to many appearances at this level over the next number of years.
AIG IRISH SENIOR CUP ALL-IRELAND FINAL, 15-16 AUGUST AT MOUNT WOLSELEY HOTEL, SPA & COUNTRY CLUB
SATURDAY 16 AUGUST
Killarney 1 Laytown & Bettystown 4
Mairead Martin lost to Carol Wickham 1up
Caitriona Griffin lost to Alison Taylor 5/4
Valerie Clancy lost to Rachel Taylor 3/2
Claire Keating halved with Barbara Cooney
Nicola Rainsford halved with Ellie Metcalfe
FRIDAY 15 AUGUST
Elm Park ½ Killarney 4½
Ariana Coyle Diez lost to Caitriona Griffin 2/1
Louise Mernagh lost to Mairead Martin 5/4
Rachel McDonnell lost to Valerie Clancy 1up
Madeleine Canty halved with Claire Keating
Jane Conan lost to Nicola Rainsford 4/2
Laytown & Bettystown 3 Kilkenny 2
Carol Wickham lost to Mary Dowling 1up
Alison Taylor beat Katie Aherne 5/3
Rachel Taylor beat Orla Dunphy 3/2
Barbara Cooney lost to Mary Leahy Browne at 19th
Eleanor Metcalfe beat to Ann Smee at 19th
Royal Portrush 2 Elm Park 3
Lucy Simpson lost to Ariana Coyle Diez 7/5
Gemma McClenaghan beat Louise Mernagh 4/3
Helen Jones lost to Rachel McDonnell 1up
Hannah Henderson beat Nano Brennan 2/1
Naoimh Quigg lost to Madeleine Canty 3/2
Co. Sligo ½ Killarney 4½
Holly Robinson lost to Caitriona Griffin 2/1
Maeve Rooney lost to Mairead Martin 2/1
Siobhan Flanagan lost to Valerie Clancy 6/5
Maeve Kelly halved with Ailish Mulcahy
Emma McTiernan lost to Nicola Rainsford 5/4
Laytown & Bettystown 3½ Douglas 1½
Carol Wickham beat Kate MacCann 2/1
Alison Taylor halved with Karen O'Neill
Rachel Taylor beat Tara Gribben 4/3
Phil O'Gorman lost to Eavan Higgins 6/4
Barbara Cooney beat Edel Coyne 6/5
Enniscorthy 1 Kilkenny 4
Aisling O'Leary lost to Mary Dowling 3/2
Nicola King halved with Mary Leahy Browne
Ciara Sharkey lost to Orla Dunphy 3/2
Laura Dempsey lost to Katie Aherne 6/5
Jennifer King halved with Ann Smee
SEMI FINAL NEWS
Debutante finalists Killarney will play 1988 Champions Laytown & Bettystown in the final of the AIG sponsored Irish Senior Cup at Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Country Club, Saturday 16 August.
Inspirational for the Munster side have been their three underage stars Valerie Clancy, Caitriona Griffin and Mairead Martin. All three were in fantastic form to dispatch Dublin side Elm Park in this afternoon’s semi finals having already ended Co. Sligo's hopes of progressing earlier in the day.
In a much tighter affair, the second semi final saw Laytown & Bettystown overcome a strong challenge from 2009 Champions Kilkenny. Mary Dowling drew first blood for The Cats with a home green victory over Carol Wickham, who’s daughter Rachel levelled the tie with a sixteenth hole victory over Orla Dunphy. Alison Taylor continued her fine form of late winning on sixteen to nudge her side ahead only for Kilkenny’s Mary Leahy Browne to level the contest once again with an extra tie hole win over Barbara Cooney on 19. It was then left to youngster Ellie Metcalfe, who calmly booked the Meath side’s berth in tomorrow’s final edging past the experienced Ann Smee at the first extra tie hole as darkness threatened unsuccessfully to delay matters overnight.
Laytown & Bettystown now aim to repeat their sole victory achieved back in 1988 while the youngsters of Killarney look to win the Irish Senior Cup for the first time. The final tees off at Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Country Club at 10am tomorrow, Saturday 16 August and with complimentary entry, spectators are most welcome.
QUARTER FINAL NEWS
Elm Park created the surprise of the tournament defeating defending champions and competition favourites, Royal Portrush in the All-Ireland quarter-finals of the AIG sponsored Irish Senior Cup at Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Country Club on August 15.
PRE TOURNAMENT NEWS
Defending champions and competition favourites, Royal Portrush will go in search of their 27th Irish senior title when the remaining eight teams tee off in the All-Ireland quarter-finals of the AIG sponsored Irish Senior Cup at Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Country Club on August 15.
In what promises to be a very exciting weekend of elite club golf, Ulster Champions Royal Portrush will play Elm Park in the first quarter final with the winners facing either Connacht Champions, Co. Sligo or Munster Champions, Killarney later in the afternoon. The third quarter final sees 2011 Irish Champions Douglas play East Leinster Champions Laytown & Bettystown with a place in the semi-finals against either Enniscorthy or Mid Leinster Champions Kilkenny at stake. Kilkenny will be aiming to repeat their triumph when the finals were last staged at Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Country Club in 2009.
Douglas, Enniscorthy and Elm Park all qualified through the back-door system as District runners up along with luckless Portumna and Royal Co. Down Ladies who lost out on countback of their aggregated handicaps.
Sinead Heraty, Chief Execuive said; “This is the 87th year of the competition in its current format and I am delighted to welcome AIG on board as our new sponsor. Their support of this historic Championship will see it grow from strength to strength and I congratulate all 8 teams on reaching the national quarter-finals.”
Aidan Connaughton of AIG in Ireland also commented; “We are delighted be a part of the blue riband event of ladies team golf in Ireland. The line-up of teams for this year’s AIG All-Ireland Senior Finals is one of the strongest there has ever been and they are sure to provide a weekend of top class action in the wonderful setting of Mount Wolseley. I am looking forward to an exciting couple of days’ competition and AIG wish all the teams the very best of luck.”