2021 Interprovincial Championships set for exciting finale

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2021 Interprovincial Championships set for exciting finale

Caolan Rafferty (Leinster) on the 1st tee during the Women's & Men's Interprovincial Championships 2021 2021, Shannon, Shannon, Clare, Ireland. 26/08/2021 Picture: Golffile | Thos Caffrey

The final day of the Women’s and Men’s Interprovincials sees two teams in each competition with a chance of winning the titles.

In the Women’s competition, both Ulster and Munster made it two wins from two, and the sides meet on Friday with the 2021 Interprovincial Championship at stake.

Ulster won all 6 singles games on their way to a 7-2 win over Connacht. Knock’s Katie Poots beat Claire Staunton 6&5 and is the only player with 4 wins from 4 in the Women’s competition. She hopes her good form continues into Friday, leading to Ulster winning the title.

“It’d be a special moment for us all as we grew up together. It’d be brilliant to win the Interpros,” she said. “I’ve played well, and haven’t been past the 14th yet. We’re on a roll, and hopefully keep it that way tomorrow.”

Munster’s two wins from two sees them face Ulster with the title at stake after a 5-4 win over Leinster. Lahinch’s Aideen Walsh won the top singles match against Emma Fleming, and was delighted to get the win after a singles loss on Wednesday.

“I wasn’t at the races yesterday, but played very well today. I have seven birdies against Emma. I’m just delighted after yesterday. I took a bit of hammering.,” said Walsh.

“I was delighted to win the Foursomes this morning, and then win again this afternoon. We’ve three younger girls on the team and it’s great guiding them too. It’s brilliant being a part of this Munster team.”

In the Men’s competition, Connacht and Leinster will meet on Friday with the winner set to be crowned 2021 champion. Connacht had a comfortable 8-3 win over Munster, dominating both sessions in foursomes and singles. The Westerners won 3.5 points out of a possible 4 in the morning, and won four of the seven singles games.

Athenry’s David Kitt won 2 points on Thursday, including a morning foursomes win with Joe Lyons. He’s looking forward to the matchup with Leinster:

“It’s hard to get into a flow in the foursomes, but it comes together nicely in the singles. Connacht have had a few close calls in recent years in the Interpros, but hopefully we can get over the line tomorrow. We’ve a good team, and a great chance. Leinster have a good team too. It’ll all come down to the day.”

Leinster’s match with Ulster went down the final game as Caolan Rafferty defeated James Hewitt on the 18th, to cap off a 6-5 win. The Dundalk golfer was delighted to get the win and is unbeaten after four games this week:

“It’s good to get the points on the board. It’s been a ropey season, so I’m happy to get the points on the board,” he said. “I love the team environment. I was told Shannon might suit me, and I was really looking forward to getting down here. So far, so good.”

Women’s Interprovincials – Day 2 Results
Ulster 7-2 Connacht
Beth Coulter and Kate Dwyer lost to Shannon Burke and Kate Dillon 5&4
Rebekah Gardner and Katie Poots beat Emma Gilmore and Claire Staunton 7&6
Louise Coffey and Molly O’Hara lost to Sinead Lohan and Annabel Greham 3&2
Beth Coulter beat Shannon Burke 3&1
Katie Poots beat Claire Staunton 6&5
Louise Coffey beat Kate Dillon 3&2
Rebekah Gardner beat Annabel Greham 4&2
Molly O’Hara beat Sinead Lohan 3&2
Kate Dwyer beat Emma Gilmore 4&2

Leinster 4-5 Munster
Ciara Casey and Emma Fleming lost 2&1 Aideen Walsh and Clodagh Coughlan
Rachel McDonnell and Leah Temple Lang beat Paula Walsh and Corrina Griffin 1 hole
Kate Lanigan and Ellen O’Gorman beat Caitlin Shippam and Lauren Kelly 4&3
Emma Fleming lost to Aideen Walsh 5&4
Lauren Murray lost to Rachel Thompson 3&1
Ciara Casey beat Paula Walsh 5&4
Rachel McDonnell lost to Corrina Griffin 3&2
Ellen O’Gorman lost to Caitlin Shippam 4&3
Kate Lanigan beat Clodagh Coughlan 5&4

Men’s Interprovincials – Day 2 Results
Leinster 6-5 Ulster
Alan Fahy and Hugh Foley beat Matthew McClean and Aaron Marshall 3&2
Marc Boucher and Caolan Rafferty halved with Gareth Lappin and Shane McDermott
Paul Coughlan and Jake Whelan beat Jordan Hood and Kyle McCarron 1 hole
Keith Egan and Robert Moran beat Michael Reid and James Hewitt 3&2
Robert Moran lost to Matthew McClean 1 hole
Hugh Foley beat Shane McDermott 3&1
Marc Boucher lost to Aaron Marshall 1 hole
Keith Egan lost to Gareth Lappin 1 hole
Alan Fahy lost to Jordan Hood 4&3
Paul Coughlan halved with Kyle McCarron
Caolan Rafferty beat James Hewitt 2 holes

Connacht 8-3 Munster
Jack McDonnell and TJ Ford beat Peter O’Keeffe and Jack Egan 5&3
Allan Hill and Simon Walker halved with Richard Knightly and Darragh Flynn
Liam Nolan and Sam Murphy beat Darren O’Sullivan and Eanna Griffin 3&2
Joe Lyons and David Kitt beat Paul Buckley and Cathal Butler 4&3
Simon Walker lost to Peter O’Keeffe 3&2
TJ Ford beat Richard Knightly 2&1
Liam Nolan beat Darragh Flynn 2&1
Jack McDonnell halved with Darren O’Sullivan
David Kitt beat Eanna Griffin 5&3
Sam Murphy lost to Jack Egan 2&1
Allan Hill beat Paul Buckley 3&1

Women’s Interprovincials – Day 3 Fixtures
Connacht v Leinster
Munster v Ulster

Men’s Interprovincials – Day 3 Fixtures
Connacht v Leinster
Ulster v Munster

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