Leinster and Munster start well at Interprovincials


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Shannon Golf Club is the host this week for the Women’s and Girls’ Interprovincial which got underway yesterday.  The Ulster Women are looking for three in a row while the Leinster Girls’ are seeking to defend their title won at Slieve Russell in 2016.
Mary Doyle - Leinster
The Leinster Girls’ Team started the 2017 Matches vs. Ulster with Georgia Carr & Emma Fleming teeing up against Beth Coulter & Maeve Cummins in the morning foursomes. The South Dublin pair won their match 2&1 and it became a clean sweep when Jan Browne & Anna Foster overcame Nicole Joyce Moreno & Anna McVicker 3&2. The singles matches continued to go in Leinster’s favour. Wins for Kate Lanigan, Leah Temple-Lang and Ellen O’Gorman secured a 6-2 win, form they will hope to continue when they face Munster on Day 2. 
It was also a 3-0 for the Leinster Women against defending Champions Ulster in the morning foursomes. Ciara Casey & Mary Doyle managed 5 birdies in their closing 6 holes to beat Jessica Ross & Louise Coffey by a one hole margin. Likewise, Aedin Murphy and Ariana Coyle Diez were comfortably under par in their 4&3 win over Chloe Weir and Jennifer Fawcett. Ulster battled in the afternoon and Louise Coffey went 3 ahead after 8 against Irish Close runner-up Ciara Casey, closing out the match 6&4. Deirdre Smith showed her experience however by winning 6&5 against Lurgan’s Niamh Ward to give Leinster their first point of the afternoon while Aedin Murphy duly followed, beating Chloe Weir on the 18th green. Louise Coffey and Niamh McSherry secured two points for Ulster vs. Ciara Casey and Ariana Coyle- Diez while a 10-foot putt on the last was enough for Jessica Ross to halve with Meadhbh Doyle.
The Connacht Girls’ managed two wins in the foursomes despite a 6&5 win for Munster pair Aine Donegan and Anna Dawson. The afternoon singles were a tight affair, Shannon Hegarty won 6&5 with Roscommon’s Chloe O’Connor levelling with a win over Kate McElroy by the same margin. Maeve Rooney and Aine Donegan halved their match and Niamh O’Dwyer beat Sinead Lohan 2&1 leaving Anna Dawson and Annabel Greham to decide the tie. One ahead on the 18th, Dawson hit her approach over the back while Greham, who had to lay up, hit it close for birdie to secure the half point and match.
The Connacht Women’s team banked just half a point this morning courtesy of Anne McCormack and Shannon Burke. Burke went one better in the afternoon, overcoming Sarah Cunningham by 2 holes. Anne McCormack beat Gemma McCarthy also on the 18th but wins for Lisa O’Shea, Karen O’Neill and a half point for Aoife Lowry against Enniscrone’s Hilary Hall gave Munster a 5 – 3 victory.
Remaining Schedule
Weds 12th July: Connacht vs. Ulster, Munster vs. Leinster
Thurs 13th July: Ulster vs. Munster, Leinster vs. Connacht
Results Women’s Interprovincials Day 1
LEINSTER (5 ½) –V- ULSTER (2 ½) (Leinster names first)
Women’s Foursomes
Ciara Casey & Mary Doyle beat Jessica Ross & Louise Coffey 1 hole
Meadhbh Doyle & Molly Dowling beat Niamh McSherry & Niamh Ward 3&1
Aedin Murphy & Ariana Coyle Diez beat Chloe Weir & Jennifer Fawcett 4&3
Women’s Singles
Ciara Casey lost to Louise Coffey 6&4
Deirdre Smith beat Niamh Ward 6&5
Aedin Murphy beat Chloe Weir 1 hole
Ariana Coyle-Diez lost to Niamh McSherry 5&3
Meadhbh Doyle halved with Jessica Ross
MUNSTER (5) –V- CONNACHT (3) (Munster names first)
Women’s Foursomes
Sarah Cunningham & Karen O’Neill beat Maeve Kelly & Hilary Hall 4&2
Aoife Lowry & Paula Walsh halved with Anne McCormack & Shannon Burke
Kelly Brotherton & Lisa O’Shea beat Zoe Collins & Clodagh Hopkins 6&5
Women’s Singles
Sarah Cunningham lost to Shannon Burke 2 holes
Karen O’Neill beat Maureen Keane 2&1
Lisa O’Shea beat Zoe Collins 3&2
Gemma McCarthy lost to Anne McCormack 2 holes
Aoife Lowry halved with Hilary Hall
Girls’ Interprovincials Day 1
LEINTER (6) –V- ULSTER (2) (Leinster names first)
Girls Foursomes
Georgie Carr & Emma Fleming beat Beth Coulter & Maeve Cummins 2&1
Ellen O’Gorman & Kate Lanigan beat Emma Forbes & Kate Dwyer 1 hole
Jan Browne & Anna Foster beat Nicole Joyce Moreno & Anna McVicker 3&2
Girls Singles
Georgia Carr lost to Beth Coulter 2&1
Kate Lanigan beat Emma Forbes 1 hole
Leah Temple-Lang beat Maeve Cummins 5&3
Jan Browne lost to Kate Dwyer 2 holes
Ellen O’Gorman beat Nicole Joyce-Moreno 1 hole
MUNSTER (4 ½)  –V- CONNACHT (4 ½)  (Munster names first)
Girls Foursomes
Aine Donegan & Anna Dawson beat Maeve Rooney & Sinead Lohan 6&5
Kate McElroy & Niamh Carmody lost to Chloe O’Connor & Niamh Smyth 2&1
Niamh O’Dywer & Gemma Barry lost to Annabel Graham & Vicki Conlon 1 hole
Girls Singles
Aine Donegan halved with Maeve Rooney
Kate McElroy lost to Chloe O’Connor 6&5
Niamh O’Dwyer beat Sinead Lohan 2&1
Anna Dawson halved with Annabel Greham
Shannon Hegarty beat Shona Hendrick 6&5

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