Ulster & Leinster emerge victorious at Interprovincials

And so it was that Ulster and Leinster were crowned the 2018 Women’s and Girls’ Interprovincial Champions at Castle Dargan.
 

 Leinster Girls after their victory / Image from Cashman Photography
 
The Leinster Girls’ claimed their third title in-a-row as they remained unbeaten all week, winning 18.5 matches from a possible 24. It was Emma Fleming who ensured her team could not be beaten by closing her match against Rebekah Gardner 4&3 and the 13-year-old from Elm Park is definitely one to watch.
 
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the day today was when Connacht’s Chloe O’Connor holed her tee shot on the par 3 11th for her first ever hole-in-one. Her PW from 121 yards skipped into the hole while opponent Anna Dawson looked on in awe.
 
The women’s matches were a much tighter affair and although Leinster had clinched two of the morning foursomes, the teams were tied with 10 holes to go.  Wins for Lucy Simpson and Louise Coffey swung the tie in Ulster’s favour and when Jessica Ross and Chloe Weir duly followed, another win for Ulster at Castle Dargan was confirmed.
 
“We had nice memories coming back here again for Interpros after 5 years,” said Jessica Ross, who was on the winning team in 2013. “Back then we had Paula [Grant], Lisa and Leona [Maguire] on the team, but we were definitely strong again this year and it’s nice to get the trophy back after 2 years!”
 
Connacht and Munster halved the other tie and finished on equal points to share third place behind Leinster.
 
Women’s Interprovincial Matches Day 3
ULSTER (5) –V- LEINSTER (3) (Ulster names first)
Foursomes: Ross & Coffey lost to Doyle & Casey 3&2; Weir & Simpson lost to Smith & Carr 1 hole; McSherry & Cummins beat Dowling & Walsh 5&4
Singles: Simpson beat Doyle 3&2; Coffey beat Dowling 3&2; Ross beat Smith 2&1; Weir beat Walsh 1hole; McSherry lost to Casey 1hole
 
MUNSTER (4) –V- CONNACHT (4) (Munster names first)
Foursomes: Griffin & Thompson lost to Burke & McCormack 2holes; O’Shea & Cunningham lost to Kelly & Gallagher 3&2; Walsh & Walsh beat Staunton & Burke 2&1
Singles: Thompson lost to Burke 4&3; Cunningham beat Staunton 2&1; Sexton beat McCormack 6&5; Walsh beat Gallagher 3&2; Griffin lost to Kelly 4&2
 
FINAL STANDINGS (win – draw – loss)
Ulster 3-0-0; Leinster 2-0-1; Munster 0-1-2; Connacht 0-1-2
 
Girls’ Interprovincial Matches Day 3
ULSTER (2) –V- LEINSTER (6) (Ulster names first)
Foursomes: Poots & Brennan lost to Foster & Browne 4&3; Gardner & O’Hara beat Temple Lang & Thorne 2holes; McVicker & McCrystal lost to Fleming & O’Hart 5&4
Singles: Poots lost to Foster 7&6; McVicker beat Screene 2&1; Gardner lost to Fleming 4&3; McCrystal lost to Browne 2holes; O’Hara lost to O’Hart 1hole
 
MUNSTER (5.5) –V- CONNACHT (2.5) (Munster names first)
Foursomes: O’Dwyer & O’Shea beat O’Connor & Bowler 3&2; Dawson & Griffin beat Lohan & Conlon 5&3; Hegarty & Walsh beat Greham & Coleman 2&1
Singles: O’Dwyer lost to Bowler 2holes; Dawson beat O’Connor 2&1; Barry halved with Lohan; Griffin halved with Greham; O’Shea halved with Coleman
 
FINAL STANDINGS (win – draw – loss)
Leinster 3-0-0; Ulster 1-0-2; Connacht 1-0-2; Munster 1-02