Ulster must beat Leinster in title showdown to win back-to-back Interpros

Ronan MacNamara

Jessica Ross Ulster during the 2nd round of the Interprovincial Championship, Moyvalley Hotel and Golf Resort (Image: Golf Ireland / Fran Caffrey - Golffile.ie)

Ulster and Leinster are set for a winner takes all shootout on the final day of the Women’s Interprovincial Championship after they both picked up maximum points from their opening two matches in Moyvalley. 

After both sides recorded comprehensive wins over Munster and Connacht respectively Leinster narrowly beat Munster 5-4 to keep their hopes alive before Ulster ensured they remained on course for back-to-back titles with a 7-2 win over Connacht. 

Both provinces are in the hunt for a Women’s and Men’s double heading into the final day with Ulster top of both standings. 

Jenny Maguire of Foxrock and Elm Park’s Emma Fleming came up trumps for Leinster in the anchor matches winning 7&6 and 5&4 respectively to give the East two points from two. 

Kate Lanigan of the Hermitage was the driving force behind the win earning maximum points on day two teaming up with Fleming in the foursomes for a 1UP win over Aideen Walsh and Lauren Kelly before thumping Paula Walsh 6&5 in the opening match of the singles. 

That was followed by a 4&2 win for Milltown’s Ellen O’Gorman over Kelly before Rachel McDonnell and Anna Abom lost. 

Ulster were simply too much for Connacht taking 3-0 foursomes lead into the afternoon singles with Kate Dwyer, Hannah-Lee McNamara and Jessica Ross taking the full complement of points on offer. 

Clandeboye’s Ross partnered Irish Girls champion Katie Poots of Knock in the opening foursomes match – winning 1UP before seeing off Ballina’s Annabel Greham 3&2 to take her personal tally to 3.5 points out of four. 

“Feel good, played alright so I’m happy doing OK,” said Ross who wasn’t part of the winning Ulster side last year. 

“Just keep playing steady golf, keep the head in there and hopefully play alright tomorrow. 

“My driving was very consistent and that kept me in it off the tee you can drive some par fours and get close to the par fives so there are plenty of scoring chances out there if you can take advantage.  

“It’s a long week but you get used to it I’ll do plenty of stretching and foam rolling to get ready for tomorrow.” 

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