Wickham was a member of the L&B side that previously captured the coveted trophy back in 1988 and she was again a heroine on this occasion when coming from two down at the turn to beat her 14-year-old opponent Mairead Maher and win a splendid match on the final green.
In fairness, there was little the Killarney youngster could do against the inspired golf of the former Irish international as she reeled off a hat-trick of birdies from the 12th and then used her experience to eke out the narrowest of victories.
Meanwhile, Taylor was also exhibiting the family’s outstanding fighting qualities when shrugging off a deficit of two after nine against 13-year-old Valerie Clancy to win by 3&2. And the trophy was on its way to Co. Meath after Alison Taylor maintained her unbeaten record through the week-end when defeating 17-year-old Caitriona Griffin on the 14th.
Even though Killarney’s Nicola Rainsford was in a relatively commanding position in the final match against Eleanor Metcalfe and it was desperately close between Claire Keating and Barbara Cooney, the match slipped away from this excellent Killarney team.
Considering how well they had performed in Friday’s quarter-final wins over Co. Sligo and Elm Park, when they didn’t lose a single point, they were understandably disappointed at failing to go all the way for the first time.
On the credit side, however, they can look to the future with the utmost confidence given the age of their squad. It won’t be long before Valerie is following Mairead into the Irish Girls’ team while Caitriona was crowned Munster Girls’ champion at Castletroy earlier this year.
AIG Irish Women’s Senior Cup final at Mount Wolseley: Laytown & Bettystown 4 Killarney 1. L&B names first. C Wickham bt M Martin 1 hole; A Taylor bt C Griffin 5&4; R Taylor bt V Clancy 3&2; B Cooney halved with C Keating; E Metcalfe halved with N Rainsford.