Senior golf teams forced into change

BOTH the Irish mens and ladies senior golf teams show changes from the original selections for the Home International series at Ballybunion and Cruden Bay respectively.

Walker Cup player Colm Moriarty (Athlone) and Gareth Maybin (Ballyclare) have withdrawn from the event on September 17/19 while Martina Gillen (Beaverstown), unable to get time out from her US university, is replaced by Sinead Keane of the Curragh.

Moriarty and Maybin are replaced by Richard Kilpatrick (Banbridge) and Michael Sinclair (Knock), the East of Ireland titleholder.

Kilpatrick will make his debut as a full international while Sinclair played for Ireland in the Home Internationals at Royal Co Down in 1999.

Maybin, who is on a golf scholarship at a university in Alabama, is unable to return home from the US because of his studies while Moriarty, a member of the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team which faces the Americans at Ganton Golf Club on September 6 and 7, has indicated he intends to spend the following two weeks preparing for the PGA European Tour’s Pre-Qualifying School.

The revised mens team is: Mark Campbell (Stackstown), Darren Crowe (Dunmurry), John Foster

Ballyclare), Noel Fox (Portmarnock), Justin Kehoe (Birr), Richard Kilpatrick Banbridge), Brian McElhinney (North West), Michael McGeady (City of Derry), Mark O’Sullivan (Galway), Mervyn Owens (Mallow), Michael Sinclair (Knock)

The ladies team for next week’s event is: Claire Coughlan (Cork), Tricia Mangan (Ennis), Maria Dunne (Skerries), Sinead Keane (Curragh), Maura Morrin (Curragh), Tara Delaney (Carlow), Helen Jones (Strabane) and Heather Nolan (Shannon).

Meanwhile, the Golfing Union of Ireland is “blooding” two promising juniors, Clancy Bowe (Tramore) and Muskerry’s Niall Turner by including them in a senior selection to face the Metropolitan Golf Association of New York team in the biennial match for the Governor Carey Trophy at Quaker Ridge, New York on October 7 and 8.

The other team members are: Mark Campbell (Stackstown), Darren Crowe (Dunmurry), John Foster (Ballyclare), Brian McElhinney (North West), Michael McGeady (City of Derry) and Mark O’Sullivan (Galway).

The team will travel to New York on October 1 to compete in an Am-Am tournament at Quaker Ridge, venue for the 1999 Walker Cup matches, while the international match for the Governor Carey Trophy will be played over two days of foursomes and singles match play.

The blue riband of Irish ladies golf, the Suzuki Senior Cup, is at Blainroe next weekend with action getting underway on Friday when Carlow meet Claremorris. County Louth await the winners on Saturday morning while in the other semi-final Royal Portrush meet Killarney. The final is scheduled for 2pm on Saturday.

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