Mulholland goes the extra for Lurgan

Tie hole drama was the order of the day when the Private Home Care All-Ireland ladies inter-club finals came to a thrilling climax at Monkstown Golf Club on Saturday.

Mulholland goes the extra for Lurgan

Lurgan made the long trip from the north to the other end of the country worthwhile when they pulled off a highly creditable 3-2 victory over Dooks in the final of the Junior Cup. The Junior Foursomes title went west when Gort pipped East Cork, while Greystones claimed the Challenge Cup, winners over Galway Bay.

It was apparent from an early stage of the match very little would separate Lurgan and Dooks in the Junior decider. The first two matches were shared with two-hole wins for Eibhlin McCarthy of Dooks over Maeve Cummins and Bronagh McKavanagh for Lurgan over Ogie O’Sullivan. It was still level pegging when Cara Murphy of Lurgan and Mary Inglis of Dooks earned further points for their sides at the expense of Catherine Doyle and Christine Hagan.

The title eventually went Lurgan’s way amidst tremendous excitement when Sian Mulholland got home at the third tie hole against Joan Harmon with great credit due to the players on both sides.

In the end, the finals proved a disappointment for East Cork whose defeat by Gort in the Junior Foursomes meant they left Monkstown without a green pennant, having originally come in search of a famous treble.

However, all should have been far from gloom for the Midleton club whose teams fought a mighty battle and surely more will be heard of them in the very near future.

Gort took the lead in Saturday’s decider when Teresa Gill and Sara Broderick turned in an outstanding performance in beating Mary B Walsh and Breda McCarthy at the 15th. If anything, however, even that display was probably outshone by East Cork’s Emma Curtin and Claire Adams, who defeated Josie Collins and Helen Shaughnessy 6 and 5. That left the outcome to be decided in Gort’s favour when Emer O’Rourke and Ruth Naughton defied enormous pressure to win at the 19th against Caroline O’Connor and Mary Morrison.

The East Cork pair looked to be headed for a sizeable defeat well into the back nine before they staged a mighty rally that came within inches of achieving the desired result.

The last trophy of a memorable week went to Greystones, who pipped Galway Bay in the final of the Challenge Cup. Once again, a tie hole match played a key role as Liz-Anne Woolan edged home at the 20th against Maeve Kelly and Jane Kirwan had also come through for “Stones” against Jacinta Quinn. Orla Delaney duly launched the Wicklow club’s celebrations by winning the 18th and the trophy against Ann Murray.

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