Semi-final line-up finalised at South of Ireland Championship

It’s down to the final four at Lahinch in the Pierse Motors sponsored South of Ireland Championship and there is still some local interest with Mark Power (Kilkenny & Lahinch) still standing.

It was another windy day at the County Clare venue on Saturday but the downpours which caused abandonment earlier in the week were gladly absent.

With the line-up now finalised, the match between Caolan Rafferty and Power is arguably the pick of the semi-finals with both looking for their maiden victory in the event and both in a rich vein of form of late, with Power looking to go one better than his second place at The East earlier in the season.

The other semi will be contested between Rowan Lester (Hermitage), who has already gone one step further than his 2017 effort where he was defeated by Conor O’Rourke, and Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little) who defeated defending champion James Sugrue 4&3 earlier today.

Semi-finals – Sunday, July 29
0830 Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little) v Rowan Lester (Hermitage)
0845  Mark Power (Kilkenny) v Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk)

Quarter-finals – Saturday, July 28
Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little) bt Eugene Smith (Laytown/B’town) 1 hole
Rowan Lester (Hermitage) bt Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick) 1 holes
Mark Power (Kilkenny) bt Alan Fahy (Dun Laoghaire) 2/1
Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) bt Paul Murphy (Rosslare) 2/1

Round three – Saturday, July 28
Eugene Smith (Laytown/B’town) bt Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas) 2 holes
Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little) bt James Sugrue (Mallow) 4/3
Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick) bt John Hickey (Cork) 1 hole
Rowan Lester (Hermitage) bt Jack Blake (The Island) 4/3
Alan Fahy (Dun Laoghaire) bt Gary O’Flaherty (Cork) 3/1
Mark Power (Kilkenny) bt Andrew McCormack (Castletroy) 6/5
Paul Murphy (Rosslare) bt Keith Egan (Carton House) 3/1
Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) bt Ross Dutton (Tandragee) 2/1



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