Monkstown golfers secure Intermediate Cup Pennant at Lee Valley course

Monkstown golfers secure Intermediate Cup Pennant at Lee Valley course

Liz Whitaker, Monkstown celebrates after winning the deciding match one up on the 18th green against Anne Vaughan of Lahinch in their intermediate cup match in the AIG ILGU cups and shields district (Munster) finals at the Lee Valley Golf Club. Picture: Pat Cashman

MONKSTOWN tasted success at the ILGU District finals in Lee Valley last Sunday, winning the Munster Final of the Intermediate Cup.

Mary Egan led the charge from the front winning her match 3&2, while Liz Whitaker and Fabienne Moloney added the required wins. Grace Coakley and Sue McGuire were the other team members. In the Challenge Cup final East Cork got the better of Kinsale in an All-Cork derby.

Nora Kelleher and Orla Evans won the first two matches, beating Lucy Carter and Sarah Galvin respectively. Naomi McCarthy got a point for Kinsale when she beat Geraldine Coughlan but the win was sealed for East Cork when Aileen O’Sullivan beat Ann O’Mahony on the 16th. Deirdre O’Doherty and Kay Galvin halved their match after they were called in.

East Cork and Monkstown will now go on to the All Ireland finals in Knightsbrook later this month. Monkstown’s Cashman Trophy team were also in action in a Munster Final on Sunday. They took on Limerick in Mitchelstown and unfortunately for the Cork side, they came out on the wrong side of the result.

While Monkstown put an early point on the board when Maurice McGrath and Roy Dennehy won, that was about as good as it got for the Cork club. Limerick brought in the first match thanks to Eamonn Grimes and Pat Lee, with Gavin Cross and Gerard Gleeson also winning. Hugh Colon and John O’Brien won the fourth match giving Limerick the important third point, and the title.

The competition is now in its fourth year and there were a total of 49 matches across the province.

Unlike other cups and shields events, the Michael Cashman is self-refereed and scheduled between the participating clubs. Monkstown started their campaign in June with a win over Fermoy. They saw off Mallow in the next round and Clonakilty in the south section semi-final.

They defeated Bandon in the area final and after that they beat Tramore in the Munster semi-final which was held in Waterford Golf Club. The cup was donated by friends of the former Munster Golf Chairman in 2016, on the launch of the All-Ireland Club fourball competition.

Slievenamon won the inaugural event in East Cork. Ballykisteen won in Fermoy in 2017 and Nenagh were the winners last year when Limerick hosted the Munster Final. The fourball competition is limited to over 30s with a handicap of 15 or higher.

Tomorrow Fota Island head back to Castletroy for the national finals of the Irish Mixed Foursomes. The Cork side won provincial honours in Castletroy a few weeks ago and will be hoping for a repeat. Athlone, Castle and Ardglass are all involved with the semi-finals taking place tomorrow and the finals on Saturday.

Fermoy held their Blackwater Motors Development Classic last weekend and they was a great turnout with over 120 teams taking part.

The winning team were Barry Linehan, Pat Collins and Stuart Howard with 65 points, three cleat of the field. PJ McInerney, David McInerney and Clare McINerney were second on 62 and third place went to Stefan Walsh, Paddy Roche and Sean O’Callaghan.

The best non GUI/ILGU team went to Vanessa McCarthy, Charley McCarthy and Niall McCarthy. The presentation of prizes takes place at the end of the month, and there will also be a draw for green fees in Adare Manor and Ballybunion from all the returned cards.

Mallow also had a monster club classic over the weekend with over 500 golfers playing over three days.

There were teams from Dublin, Limerick and Kerry, with golfers from all over Cork playing in the event. The classic was again sponsored by Pat and Kathryn Shine, and the businesses in North Cork came out in force to sponsor teams and prizes.

This weekend Macroom will hold their Chariman’s Classic. The town centre course has been in great condition all year and it’s been a busy place. Entry is just €75 per team with a €15 re-entry per person. It’s an open event with category prizes for ladies, gents, seniors and mixed.

There’s a monster prize fund of €2,000 in place and the classic is sponsored by Mai Fitz’s Lissarda. Entries are now open and full details are available from the club.

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