Gowran Park win again

Valerie Clancy

Sinead Kearney (Team Captain) and the Gowran Park team, winners of the AIG Intermediate Cup All Ireland Final during the All Ireland Inter-Club Finals Block C 2023, Westport Golf Club. Photo: Thos Caffrey / Golffile.ie

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Gowran Park made history for their club as they claimed their second All-Ireland title in two weeks. The Kilkenny club won their first AIG Women’s Intermediate Cup title one week after winning the Revive Active Women’s Fourball.

Two sisters and a mother and daughter were on the winning team that overcame Portumna in today’s final.

Helena McCormack put the first point on the board for Gowran Park with a 7&6 win. She was quickly followed in by her teammate Aisling Costello who won her match on the 13th hole to give the team their second point.

On different parts of the course, Orla McCormack clinched a third point with a 3&2 win out in the first match while in the fifth match, Ashleigh Boote secured another point with a 5&4 win to secure glory for Gowran Park.

Team Captain, Sinead Kearney was delighted with her team as they claimed their first green pennant in the AIG Women’s Intermediate Cup at Westport Golf Club today.

“It’s just, I can’t put it into words. We have a great, great group of girls. We’re a small club and we’re just so delighted,” said Kearney.

“They all played so well today and they’re a great bunch and we’re just going home tonight to Kilkenny, over the moon it’s just brilliant.”

In the AIG Men’s Fred Perry Trophy, Ballykisteen have booked their spot in tomorrow’s All-Ireland final after some thrilling matches against Dunmurry in the first semi-final match. Some high winds came up during the afternoon which provided testing conditions for the players.

Michael Greensmith and Paddy Maloney won their match 3&2 to put the first point on the board for Ballykisteen. PJ Carey and William Hartnett had a great win on the 15th hole to edge their team closer to tomorrow’s final. Pat Irwin and James Keane provided the final point with a 2&1 win to send Ballykisteen through to the AIG Men’s Fred Perry Trophy final.

Team captain, Ger Finnan was proud of his team who battled in tough conditions today to keep their All-Ireland dream alive.

“We’re a small club and to reach a Golf Ireland All-Ireland final means everything to the club and now we’re looking forward to trying to take the trophy home. It was more like very, very strong links golf today and we will have to review what way we play for tomorrow,” said Finnan

In the second semi-final Connemara Isles came out on top after some great matches against Templemore. Gearoid O Cualain and Vinny O Lorcain put the first point on the board for the team with a 2&1 win. Peadar O Flatharta and Eamonn O Briain put the second point on the board with a 3&2 win.

Liam O Maolaodha and Sean O Cualain won the final point for the small club with a 2up win to give them an opportunity to claim the AIG Men’s Fred Perry Trophy green pennant tomorrow.



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