Killarney claim ladies All Ireland Senior Cup success

Bernie McGuire

Royal Curragh Golf Club was host to the 2017 Senior Cup finals in which Killarney proved victorious over Royal Portrush with a 4:1 victory.




Killarney lined out the same team that beat the Island in yesterday’s semi-final whereas Royal Portrush made one change and substituted Naoimh Quigg in for Helen Jones. The Munster side made a strong start as Mairead, Valerie and Kelly all went 2 up early on in their matches, however the match was still all to play for as both Emma Forbes and Hannah Henderson for Royal Portrush also went up early in their matches.

After the turn Killarney were still leading in the first 3 matches but Lucy Simpson was chipping back at the early lead afforded to Mairead, leaving everything still to play for. Valerie Clancy was the first result in as she finished 4&3 over Gemma McClenaghan, followed shortly after by Kelly Brotherton who also sealed a 4&3 victory. With the Royal Portrush up in both the last two games, it was all down to the first match in which Mairead was now 2 up with 2 holes to play. With a birdie on the 17th, the match was now won and Killarney were crowned Senior Cup Champions for the first time in the clubs history.

Final – Saturday 26th August

Killarney (4) Royal Portrush (1) (Killarney names first) Mairead Martin beat Lucy Simpson 2&1, Valerie Clancy beat Gemma McClenaghan 4&3, Kelly Brotherton beat Naoimh Quigg 4&3, Mary Sheehy halved with Emma Forbes (called-in), Claire Keating halved with Hannah Henderson (called-in)

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