Co. Cavan and Powerscourt win national titles at AIG Cups and Shields

AIG Men’s Jimmy Bruen Shield Co. Cavan - Image by Golffile

Co. Cavan and Powerscourt were the big winners on Thursday at the AIG Cups and Shields Finals at Shandon Park GC in Belfast.

Co. Cavan won the first trophy of the week, winning the AIG Men’s Jimmy Bruen Shield while Powerscourt were victorious in the AIG Women’s Minor Cup. The Ulster club won the AIG Men’s Jimmy Bruen Shield for the first time in their history after a 3.5-1.5 win over Gowran Park. Conor O’Reilly and Luke Fortune claimed the winning point after defeating Hughie O’Shaughnessy and Patrick O’Keeffe 4&2.

Speaking moments after the win, O’Reilly said it was the culmination of a lot of hard work gone into the club:


“I’m a bit lost for words at the minute. We put in a lot of work this year. We had a lot of tight matches, especially in Belvoir Park and Scarbo. We’re ecstatic! It means so much to our club. We are 128 years old, and it was our first All-Ireland Final. It’s been a great week for golf in Cavan. Leona doesn’t have a Jimmy Bruen though.”

Fortune was part of the Cavan team that won the Ulster Senior Football Championship in 2020 and he was delighted to play a key role in a wider team effort.

“We had a lot of boys who have been practicing all year. There were a lot of players that aren’t here today that tried to get on the team. It’s good to get the win for them!

“Everyone is delighted. We’re looking forward to bringing the trophy back to Co. Cavan. Golf is usually an individual game but it was really enjoyable playing as a team, especially with Conor!”

Powerscourt are the 2021 AIG Women’s Minor Cup champions after defeating Leinster rivals The Heath 3.5-1.5. Stella Carmody earned the winning point on the 18th green by defeating Mary McNamara. She was delighted to help the club get over the line after winning three rounds at the Belfast venue:

“I was delighted. It was tough going. We were all very tired. It wasn’t the best golf, but it was an endurance test. The standard during the week was very good. It dropped today a little after playing four days in a row, including the practice round. It’s Powerscourt’s first time winning the All-Ireland Final, so it’s very exciting for everyone involved.”

Friday sees the AIG Women’s Challenge Cup take centre stage, with Fintona meeting Gort after their Semi-Final victories on Thursday. The AIG Women’s Junior Foursomes reaches the Semi-Final stage after Thursday’s Quarter-Finals, while the Quarter-Finals of the AIG Men’s Barton Shield and the AIG Women’s Senior Foursomes begin.

AIG Men’s Jimmy Bruen Shield Final
Co. Cavan 3.5-1.5 Gowran Park
Jonathan Cawley and John Sweeney beat James Hurley and Ger Treacy 20th hole
Fergal Dunne and Edward Kellett beat Larry O’Neill and Joe Forristal 2&1
Conor O’Reilly and Luke Fortune beat Hughie O’Shaughnessy and Patrick O’Keeffe 4&2
Sean Johnston and Edward O’Hanlon halved with Johnny Maher and Matthew Hanrahan
Pat Hayes and Kevin Brady lost to Richie Lowry and Paul Hurley 4&3

AIG Women’s Minor Cup Final
Powerscourt 3.5-1.5 The Heath
Jeanette Lowe beat Theresa Ryan 4&3
Emma Ryan lost to Helen Bergin 2 holes
Stella Carmody beat Mary McNamara 1 hole
Audrey Brennan halved with Maria Delaney
Alison Notley beat Anne Doolan 4&3

AIG Women’s Challenge Cup Semi-Finals
Fintona 3.5-1.5 Grange
Catriona Donnelly beat Allison Marano 5&4
Jo McNeilis beat Cora Lynch 2 holes
Angela Montague lost to Oonagh Ennis 5&3
Fanchea Donnelly halved with Aveen Moran
Carmel Colgan beat Finola Flanagan 3&2

Gort 3-2 Waterford
Anne Connolly lost to Jill Phelan 2&1
Susan Madden lost to Gabrielle Finnegan 3&2
Patricia Skehill beat Deirdre Reid 6&5
Phil Mulkerrins beat Marie Hogan 6&5
Margaret Whelan beat Marie Breen 20th hole

AIG Women’s Junior Foursomes Quarter-Finals
Ballyliffin 0-3 Clontarf
Marie Durso and Sarah Harkin lost to Orla Fetherston and Jennifer White 4&2
Donna Bennett and Mary Hackett lost to Fionnuala Forde and Niamh Brown 5&4
Joan Doherty and Pascale Gallanagh lost to Anne Gardner and Rachel Murphy 5&4

Killymoon 0.5-2.5 Dun Laoghaire
Oonagh McCoy and Heather Campbell halved with Lillian O’Brien and Mary Rye
Kathryn Kerr and Anne McMahon lost to Fiona Quinn and Marie Edwards 3&2
Avril Marshall and Siobhan Rooney lost to Niamh McCarthy and Liz Hogan 5&4

Castlebar 0.5-2.5 Kinsale
Ann Gallagher and Marian Martyn halved with Niamh Mason and Helena O’Sullivan
Breda Gilvarry and Bernie Burke lost to Orla Buckley and Paula Goggins 3&2
Evelyn Brady and Mary Caulfield lost to Carol Deeney and Cathy McGuinness 3&2

Royal Curragh 0-3 Tralee
Joan Nordlokken and Nessa Conlon lost to Brid Halloran and Fionnuala Mann 20th hole
Mary McNally and Ann Doyle lost to Maria O’Connor and Norah Quinlan 19th hole
Caroline Condon and Melanie Donnelly lost to Laura Rafferty and Sharon Ormonde 1 hole

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