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Sunday 4 December 2016

Curtin answers call to seal Mallow's final date

Brian Keogh

Published 25/09/2015 | 02:30

Mallow's Susan Curtin sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th to shock Lurgan and seal a date with Castle
Mallow's Susan Curtin sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th to shock Lurgan and seal a date with Castle

Mallow's Susan Curtin sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th to shock Lurgan and seal a date with Castle in today's final of the AiG Insurance Ladies Senior Foursomes at Knightsbrook.

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The Munster champions beat the title favourites 2-1 in a thrilling semi-final that went to the death; Castle, meanwhile, enjoyed a stress-free, 2.5-0.5 victory over Enniscorthy.

Set up by Catherine Roche's sublime tee shot, Curtin's putt gave Mallow a one-hole win over Maeve Cummins and Christine Hagan on the closing par three.

Lurgan's Irish international Annabel Wilson had partnered Sheena McStay to a 2&1 victory over Ber Clarson and Carmel Kearney in the top match.

But Mallow hit back when Mary Dowling and Marie O'Sullivan clinched a vital one-up win over plus one handicap international Niamh McSherry and 15-handicapper Orla O'Dowd.

There was no such drama for Castle against Enniscorthy with Sinead Heraty and Sally-Anne Lenehan putting the first point on the board with a 5& 3 victory over Jennifer King and Helen Cosgrave.

Amy Jones and Ruth Keating followed up with a 5&3 win over Ashling O'Leary and Lori Whitney before Martha Jones and Aedin Murphy were called in as they led Ciara Sharkey and Lizzie Brown in the back match.

"We played steady golf early on, we felt we were in control," said former international Murphy.

In the Intermediate Cup, Malahide beat Loughrea 3.5 to 1.5 and will face Lee Valley in today's final (1.30) after the Cork side's Vanessa Fitzgerald won the top match on the 22nd hole after a titanic tussle with Paula McAtamney.

In the Minor Cup, The K Club overcame Mullingar in the first semi-final 3.5 to 1.5; they now face Portumna who had a convincing win over Donaghadee.

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