Irish Senior Men’s and Women’s Closes set for exciting finales

Deirdre Smith (Co.Louth) (Image: Golf Ireland / - Thos Caffrey)

Only four players remain in both the Irish Senior Men’s and Women’s Amateur Close Championships, after the opening two rounds in Thurles.

Leading qualifier Tracy Eakin, former champions Laura Webb, Sheena McElroy and 2021 runner-up Deirdre Smith remain in the Women’s competition.

Defending champion Karl Bornemann, former Men’s Close champion Pat Murray are in the final four of the Men’s competition alongside John Reynolds and John O’Brien.


2021 runner-up Deirdre Smith had to go 36 holes to reach the Semi-Finals. After defeating Clodagh Hopkins in the morning, Smith was taken to the 18th once more in the afternoon, defeating Maria O’Reilly on the final green.

Despite the long day, the Co. Louth golfer was delighted to get through to the final day.

“I hung in throughout the day, and played well on the back nine in both matches. I was 3 down in the two of them.

“I figured out what I was doing wrong in the afternoon and worked from there. I’m pleased to get through after the two tough matches.

“This week, I haven’t had my best stuff. I found something in the afternoon, and hopefully I can hold onto it tomorrow.”

2021 Men’s champion Karl Bornemann overcame leading qualifier Joe Lyons in the Quarter-Finals on the Senior Men’s Close.

The Douglas golfer defeated Lyons on the 17th, to move one step closer to retaining the title he won in Waterford last year.

“It was a long day. I was supposed to be at a family wedding, but it’s great to still be defending the title.

“I’m delighted to get through the two matches. It’s all about getting some rest this evening and resetting for tomorrow.

“I played Joe years ago in the Interpros in Douglas. He’s a great player, but I was delighted to scrape through. John Reynolds has been in great form this year so it’ll be a test tomorrow morning.

In the Plate competition of the Women’s Close, Paula Murray, Ann Moynihan-Rudden, Catherine Reilly and Shirley Real will compete in the Semi-Finals on Friday morning.

Irish Senior Men’s Amateur Close Championship – Matchplay
Irish Senior Women’s Amateur Close Championship – Matchplay
Irish Senior Women’s Amateur Close Championship – Matchplay (Plate)

Irish Senior Women’s Amateur Close Championship
Round One
Tracy Eakin beat Fionnuala Halpin 3&2
Suzanne Corcoran beat Margaret McAuliffe 2&1
Laura Webb beat Marian Finn 5&3
Alison Taylor beat Gertie McMullen 4&3
Deirdre Smith beat Clodagh Hopkins 1 hole
Kate Evans lost to Maria O’Reilly 20th hole
Sheena McElroy beat Mary MacLaren 6&5
Paula Metcalfe lost to Lisa Cullen 5&4

Tracy Eakin beat Suzanne Corcoran 4&2
Laura Webb beat Alison Taylor 3&2
Deirdre Smith beat Maria O’Reilly 1 hole
Sheena McElroy beat Lisa Cullen 20th hole

Irish Senior Men’s Amateur Close Championship
Round One
Joe Lyons beat Colm Murphy 1 hole
Karl Bornemann beat Tony Cleary 5&4
John Reynolds beat Eamon Haugh 3&2
Shane Kenneally lost to Patrick Madigan 2 holes
Pat Murray beat Declan O’Neill 1 hole
Donal Hogan lost to Kieran Kennedy 2&1
Colin Cunningham beat Alan Condren 2&1
John O’Brien beat Gerard Deegan 1 hole

Joe Lyons lost to Karl Bornemann 2&1
John Reynolds beat Patrick Madigan 5&4
Pat Murray beat Kieran Kennedy 6&5
Colin Cunningham lost to John O’Brien 3&2

Irish Senior Women’s Amateur Close Championship – Plate
Round One
Mary Cahill lost to Ann O’Connor 1 hole
Siobhan McGrath lost to Paula Murray 8&7
Valerie Shannon lost to Yvonne Daly 1 hole
Patricia Rowland lost to Ann Moynihan-Rudden 19 holes
Catherine Reilly beat Catherine Kavanagh 1 hole
Orla Foley lost to Fiona Corbett 5&3
Siobhan O’Herlihy beat Ailish Thompson 21st hole
Shirley Real beat Susan Gilmore Kettler 6&4

Ann O’Connor lost to Paula Murray 5&3
Yvonne Daly lost to Ann Moynihan-Rudden 5&4
Catherine Reilly beat Fiona Corbett 3&1
Siobhan O’Herlihy lost to Shirley Real 5&4

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