Monkstown hosts finals of Mixed Foursomes

THE Munster finals of the Irish Mixed Foursomes get under way at Monkstown on Saturday, with Nenagh facing Newcastle West in the first of the semi-finals at 9am.

East Cork take on Tramore in the other semi at 9.45. The final is scheduled for 3.30.

Doneraile host the semi-finals and finals of the Munster Country Clubs Cup on Sunday, where Cobh take on Abbeyfeale at 9am, followed by the meeting of Frankfield and Spanish Point at 9.40. The final takes place at 3pm.

CASTLETROY WIN

Castletroy won the Pierce Purcell Shield Munster final for the first time in11 years when they beat Kanturk at Tralee on Saturday by four matches to one, including two called in for halves.

Victories by the Kieran Tracey/Martin Lucey, Brian Hanrahan/Tony Frawley and Pat McNamara/Kieran Punch combinations saw then clinch their place in the national semi-finals, to be played at Rosslare on September 15/17.

Portumna will join Castletroy in the semi-finals, after defeating Westport 3/2 in the Connacht decider at the weekend.

COACTION CLASSIC

Co Action West Cork's second annual Golf Classic is set to take place next Friday and Saturday week (August 19/20) at Bantry Bay Golf Club.

On Friday, Cork hurlers will take on ex-Kerry footballers in a special challenge match to get the classic under way.

Lining out for Cork will be Tomás Mulcahy, Donal O'Grady, Ray Cummins and Tim Crowley, while Pat Spillane will captain the Kingdom footballers.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the weekend. For further details contact 087 247 3199.

LISMORE PRO-AM

Lismore Golf Club is to host its first ever pro-am next Saturday and Sunday.

Several Irish PGA players will participate, as well as Irish club professionals and European Tour members.

SHEEHY HONOUR

Patrick Sheehy made his own bit of history at Newcastle West, becoming the first player from the club to gain interprovincial honours.

Now off scratch, Patrick also finished runner-up in the Leinster Boys Championship at Skerries and, after an excellent run in the Irish Youths Championship, has been added to the Irish panel.

FOURSOMES EVENT

The Ballykisteen Ladies Club in Tipperary hosts the annual South of Ireland Open Mixed Foursomes competition for the Basil Forde Perpetual Trophy on Sunday, August 28. Sponsored by Ryans Jewellers, the event has a noon shotgun start; the entry fee is 50 per pair. For further details contact and further details may be obtained from 087 811 8688.

Munster ladies team There are were no surprises on when the Munster team for the Ladies Interprovincials at Royal Belfast. was named. Munster, led by Liz Bennett, will be keen to regain the title they surrendered to Leinster last year in Ballybunion.

They take on Connacht in the first match tomorrow, face Ulster on Thursday and will be out for revenge against Leinster on Friday.

Team: Claire Coughlan (Cork), Trish Mangan (Ennis), Pamela Murphy (Ennis), Heather Nolan (Shannon), Gillian O'Leary (Cork), Marion O'Riordan (Tipperary), Mary Sheehy (Tralee), Catherine Tucker (Limerick); Non-playing captain: Liz Bennett (Nenagh).

Hotshots Michael O'Brien, who collected the Captain's Prize at Spanish Point last weekend, adding to the captain's prize he picked up the previous weekend at Kilrush; Paul Cooney (5) and Noel Hennebry (17), who won the AIB Open pairs at Carrick last week with a total of 51 pts, helped by a round that included six birdies and an eagle; John Shanahan, who won the Captain's Prize at Doneraile with 44 pts; Tom Hehir (15), who won the Intermediate Scratch Cup at Galway last weekend with a 77 gross.

Holes in one Seamus Murphy, who aced the fourth during last Tuesday's mixed team competition at Newlands, and Sheilagh Keogh at the 16th in the same event; Waterville's Eileen O'Riordan at the 12th last Sunday; Caoimh Sheehan at Kanturk's 10th and Noel Kelly at the 16th; Nora McCarthy at Harbour Point's 17th last Tuesday; Cobh's Dave Sloane, who aced the 7th in the mixed foursomes; Kit Bohan at Mallow's 16th; East Clare's Kieran Kennedy at Woodstock's 14th; Ardfert's PJ O'Riordan on the 1st; Ger O'Driscoll at Raffeen Creek's 14th; Cathal O'Sullivan at Dunmore's 3rd, Dan Lyons at the 9th and 11-year-old Shane Deasy at the 3rd.

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