Private Home Care Inter-Club Championships
The National Finals of the 2014 Private Home Care Inter-Club Championships will take place at Monkstown Golf Club, Cork from the 24th - 27th September 2014.
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Saturday 27th September
The final day of the Private Home Care Inter-Club finals was filled with jubilation and disappointment. East Cork and Gort battled for the Junior Foursomes All-Ireland green pennant while Dooks took on Lurgan in the Junior Cup and the Challenge Cup was between Galway Bay and Greystones.
It was a very close match between the teams as the top match was clinched by Gort on the 15th but East Cork dominated the last match, winning on the 13th hole. It came down to the middle match, which went down the 19th hole. Gort held their nerve and won the hole with a par to overcome East Cork and be crowned All-Ireland Junior Foursomes Champions.
In another tight set of matches Dooks and Lurgan battled in the Junior Cup Final. The deciding match went down the 21st hole. There were great celebrations from Lurgan when they secured the win. Lurgan have been crowned All-Ireland Junior Cup Champions.
In an extremely exciting final Greystones edged the win over Galway Bay to be crowned All-Ireland Challenge Cup Champions. The deciding match came down to the 18th, where Greystones secured a 2up win.
Friday 26th September
Teams from all around the country arrived early this morning ahead of the Private Home Care Inter Club Semi Finals and Finals. Today and tomorrow will see teams in the Junior Cup, Intermediate Cup, Minor Cup, Challenge Cup and Senior and Junior Foursomes battle it out for the six green National pennants an offer.
Edenmore put up a strong battle but it was not enough to overcome the in-form East Cork. East Cork edged the win in the first two matches on the 18th. Gort proved to be too strong for Corrstown in the first two foursomes matches as they secured wins on the 17th which sees them through to the final. It will be an exciting and close final between East Cork and Gort tomorrow, 26 September.
Dooks arrived in Monkstown to play Kilkenny and certainly got off to a fast start. They played great golf to progress to the final of the Junior Cup. They will face Lurgan tomorrow with the National green pennant in sight.
Galway Bay secured their place in the Challenge Cup final after beating Co. Armagh 3 ˝ - 1 ˝ . They will progress to the final after wins on the 12th, 14th and 17th. In the other Challenge Cup semi final Greystones proved too strong for Castel Barna. Greystones had three early wins of 4&3, 7&6 and 6&4.
The Senior Foursomes Final proved to be very exciting for spectators as all matches came down to the wire. The top match was clinched by Killarney on the 19th hole. The middle match was won by Dun Loaghaire 4&2 with the final match going in Killarney’s favour on the 17th hole. Killarney are 2014 Senior Foursomes Inter-Club Champions.
Wicklow made a fast start to the Minor Cup Final winning the fourth match 5&4 and it seems this win set the scene for most of the matches to follow. Wicklow out classed East Cork, winning 4 out of the 5 matches. Wicklow are 2014 Inter -Club Minor Cup Champions.
Edenmore put on another impressive display to edge the win over East Cork in the final of the Intermediate Cup. Edenmore made a great start with the final match securing a 7&6 win. East Cork battled hard as they managed two wins but Edenmore were too strong as a 2&1 victory in the fourth match saw them take home the Intermediate Cup National pennant.
Thursday 25th September
Monkstown Golf Course was in pristine condition for the second day of the Private Home Care Inter Club Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Finals. The car park was full and club colours could be seen from afar. The course was filled was sighs and cheers as today proved to be both a joyous and disappointing day for teams. Based on the standard of golf from the first two days the semi finals and finals are looking to be exciting and filled with great golf.
East Cork got off to an early start in the Intermediate Cup Semi Final with a 7&6 win in the top match. However Milltown played great golf and battled hard in the remaining matches with the final match reaching the 18th. East Cork did succeed in the end to progress to the All-Ireland Final tomorrow. It was also a great start for Edenmore in the Intermediate Cup Semi Final. Lady Captain of Edenmore Golf Club, Louise Gaw made the best possible start, holing her shot on the par 3 1st hole. Four matches went in favour of Edenmore as their golf proved too strong for Co. Longford. East Cork and Edenmore will face each other in the Intermediate Cup final tomorrow, 26 September.
Monkstown Golf Course proved a tough test for BallyClare in the Minor Cup Semi Final against Wicklow. Wicklow gained substantial wins in the middles three matches to secure their place in the Final tomorrow. East Cork continued their impressive run of form in the other semi final. The three middle matches took the pressure off by securing wins of 3&2, 8&6 and 5&4 respectively. The first and last matches were called in. East Cork will now take on Wicklow in the final of the Minor Cup tomorrow, 26 September 2014.
The semi final of the senior foursomes was a tight affair between all teams. The first two matches between Dun Laoghaire and Roscommon went one piece a side with the decider coming down to the final match, where Dun Laoghaire secured a 2&1 win. Both teams were battling it out for a place in the final against Killarney who beat Malone in the other semi final.
Lurgan came out the stronger side against Castlebar in the Quarter Finals of the Junior Cup. 18 holes was not enough for the first match as it went down the 19th, where Lurgan clinched victory. The remaining matches were quite close with two finishing on the 17th. Lurgan succeeded in the end and will progress to the semi finals tomorrow against Milltown.
Galway Bay overcame Co. Tipperary in the Challenge Cup Quarter Final. They secured substantial wins in their first, third and fourth matches which will see them through to the semi finals. They will play Co. Armagh tomorrow, 26 September.
The final match of the second day proved to be an even affair between Corrstown and Borris. Borris clinched the top match on the 19th hole. The middle and final matches were both won by Corrstown on the 17th. Corrstown will play in the semi finals tomorrow against Gort.
Wednesday 24th September
Milltown beat Wicklow in the Intermediate Cup quarter final and progress to tomorrow's semi-final against East Cork. Meanwhile East Cork's minor cup team beat Galway and play Glen of the Downs tomorrow. In the Senior Foursomes Killarney overcame Enniscorthy to progress to the semi-finals where they play Malone tomorrow.
MILLTOWN 4 WICKLOW 1
Milltown proved to be the stronger side in the Quarter Finals of the Intermediate Cup against Wicklow. The top two matches were secured for Milltown on the 16th hole with 3&2 and 4&2 wins respectively. The final match went to Milltown after an impressive 6&5 win. The remaining matches were called in. Milltown now face East Cork in the Semi Finals tomorrow, Thursday 25 September. The other Intermediate Cup Semi Final takes places between Co. Longford and Edenmore.
EAST CORK 4 GALWAY 1
East Cork showed their strength over Galway in the Quarter Finals of the Inter Club Championships. East Cork had three substantial wins which meant they easily overcame Galway. The first two matches went to East Cork 7&6 and 6&5 with the fourth match securing victory for the side winning 8&7. The two other matches were called in. The Semi-Final tomorrow, 25 September will see East Cork take on Glen of the Downs.
ENNISCORTHY 1 KILLARNEY 2
The matches between Enniscorthy and Killarney proved to be very close in the Senior Foursomes Quarter Finals of the Inter Club Championships. Killarney narrowly defeated Enniscorthy 2-1. Killarney were beaten in the first foursomes match 3&2 but made up for that loss by winning the remaining matches 3&2. Killarney will take on Malone tomorrow in the Semi Final while Dun Laoghaire face Roscommon in the other Semi Final.
PRE-TOURNAMENT PRESS RELEASE
The All Ireland quarter finals, semi-finals and finals of the Private Home Care Inter-Club Championships take place this week at Monkstown Golf Club. Play will commence on Wednesday 24 September and concludes on Saturday 27 September. The Inter-Club Championships comprise of six categories. There is a Junior and Senior foursomes category and the remaining four are singles, namely Junior Cup, Intermediate Cup, Minor Cup and Challenge Cup with all handicap ranges and ability of golfer taking part.
It is estimated that over 15,000 women golfers participate in the first stages of the Private Home Care Inter-Club Championships at District level. The numerous rounds of competitive golf has seen only 30 teams progress to the National finals out of 394 clubs affiliated to the Irish Ladies Golf Union. Golfers and supporters alike will follow their teams to Monkstown Golf Course this week ahead of an exciting four days of golf. Club colours will be worn proudly and all clubs will be hoping to return to their home course with one of the coveted six National green pennants. Spectators are more than welcome to join the excitement at Monkstown Golf Club. All updates will be available via our website at www.ilgu.ieand live scoring will be in place via the ILGU Club App Live webpage. Please visit the ILGU Facebook and Twitterpage for regular updates also.
Dun Laoghaire claimed the East Leinster Senior Foursomes title at the District finals in Balbriggan. Representing the East Leinster district at the All Ireland Junior Foursomes will be Corrstown after a close finish against Newlands. All three matches continued to the par 5 18th hole, with the middle match being decided on the 19th hole. Milltown are newcomers to the All Ireland finals but will be looking to secure an All Ireland medal as they are represented by two teams in the Junior and Intermediate Cups respectively. Greystones had a substantial win over Carrickmines in the Challenge Cup to secure their place. The Minor Cup saw Glen of the Downs triumph over Headfort and progress the All Ireland Finals stage.
The Connacht Inter-Club Finals were held at Athlone Golf Club. It proved to be an exciting two days as Roscommon were victorious over Galway in the Senior Foursomes. Roscommon have represented Connacht at the All Ireland Finals in 2007 and 2011 also. In the Junior Foursomes, Gort secured a substantial victory over Tuam. Gort have also experienced the All Ireland Finals having represented Connacht in this category in 2007. Castlebar won the Junior Cup, as it is just their second ladies Connacht pennant in their 102 years. Co. Longford will be representing the District in the Intermediate Cup after beating Claremorris. Galway are Connacht Minor Cup Champions after beating Swinford and managing not to lose a match. Galway Bay emerged victorious in the Challenge Cup and are no strangers to the All Ireland Finals, having represented Connacht in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
The All Ireland Senior Foursomes’ quarter finals will feature Malone, who beat Lurgan, last year’s All-Ireland winners. Edenmore dominated the Ulster Junior Foursomes and Intermediate Cup and the teams will be competing for both All Ireland titles. Lurgan will be hoping for their first National title in the Junior Cup after seeing off Malone in a close match. The Minor Cup saw Ballyclare clutch the Ulster title from Tandragee with the Challenge Cup clinched by Co. Armagh. Co. Armagh are no strangers to the All Ireland finals after representing Ulster in 2012 and 2013.
The Mid-Leinster district sees Enniscorthy progress to Monkstown after they won their second successive Senior Foursomes district title. Borris are first time Mid-Leinster representatives in the All Ireland Junior Foursomes. Kilkenny saw off Tramore to progress to Monkstown in sight of the Junior Cup All Ireland title. This is not the first All Ireland Final for Kilkenny as they represented the Mid-Leinster district in 2011 and 2012 also. Wicklow dominated the Intermediate and Minor Cups while Castle Barna overcame Tulfarris in the Challenge Cup to secure victory in Rosslare.
Killarney succeeded in taking the Munster Senior Foursomes title with a win over East Cork, as two of the three matches came down to the wire. However East Cork claimed victory in the Junior Foursomes with a win over Ross. East Cork will be looking to claim the All Ireland title this year after a loss to Castletroy in 2013. The 18th and 19th holes proved popular for Dooks and East Cork in the Munster Junior Cup as all five matches were decided on both holes. Dooks eventually edged the win to move to the All Ireland Finals. East Cork also dominated the field in the Intermediate and Minor Cups with a 3-2 victory in both. The Munster Challenge Cup was secured by Co. Tipperary who are newcomers to the All Ireland finals and looking to win their first National title.
The Golf Course
Monkstown Golf Club is a parkland course situated in Co. Cork overlooking Cork’s harbour. The golf course measures 4,838 metres from the ladies markers and will pose as a challenging and exciting course for all competitors. The Club has hosted many Irish Ladies Golf and Golfing Union of Ireland events throughout its history, including the Munster Ladies Senior Cup finals in 2008 and the GUI Cups and Shields in 2009.
Teams must play in order of handicap/combined handicap with no shots conceded. Handicap ranges for the singles and foursomes Private Home Care Inter-club Championships are as follows:
Senior Foursomes Minimum combined 14
Junior Foursomes h’cap 15 - 36 (Minimum combined 35)
Junior Cup h’cap 8 - 15
Intermediate Cup h’cap 16 - 22
Minor Cup h’cap 23 – 28
Challenge Cup h’cap 29 – 36
Please see your relevant District section of this website for District draws, District Finals etc.