Saturday 10 December 2016

Heraty's eagle keeps Castle on course for senior glory

Brian Keogh

Published 24/09/2015 | 02:30

ILGU CEO Sinead Heraty
ILGU CEO Sinead Heraty

ILGU boss Sinead Heraty holed a monster eagle putt as Castle booked a semi-final showdown with Enniscorthy in the AIG Ladies Senior Foursomes at Knightsbrook Hotel and Golf Resort today.

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The CEO confessed with a grin that she is "semi working" at this week's AIG Ladies Cups and Shields National Finals and if she's too busy golfing tomorrow that will mean Castle are in the final of the elite foursomes against Lurgan or Mallow.

Castle beat Roscommon 2-1 with Heraty's eagle three from 30 feet at the 12th helping her and partner Sally Lenehan put the first point on the board with a 2&1 win over Sinead Benedetti and Mary Lalor.

With former international Aedin Murphy partnering Martha Jones to a 4&3 victory over Roscommon's Mary Seymour and Chloe O'Connor in the back match, the middle game involving Jones' daughter Amy and teenager Ruth Keating was called in.

"It was windy and long but it was great," said Heraty, adding with a smile. "I'm fully playing and semi-working this week."

In the AIG Insurance Ladies Intermediate Cup, Shandon Park's No 1 Paula McAtamney led the way as the Ulster champions progressed to today's semi-finals with a 4-1 win over Mullingar.

Wrapped

McAtamney got off to a flying start, taking a four-hole lead on the front nine and she eventually wrapped up her match on the 14th.

The former Derry player has only been playing golf since last year having previously won an All-Ireland junior camogie title in 2007.

The Shandon Park captain, Diane Nickells, was understandably delighted with McAtamney's performance.

"She only started playing last year from a handicap of 36 and now she's playing off 15, she hits a great ball," said Nickells.

Shandon Park will meet Munster champions Lee Valley as Loughrea face Malahide in the other semi-final.

In the AIG Insurance Ladies Minor Cup, Donaghadee completed a sensational comeback in their quarter-final, beating Tipperary 3-2 with the last match going to the 19th.

The Munster club looked on course for victory when they took the top matches decisively but in the end, Fiona McGhee secured the winning point on the first extra hole against Margaret Ryan.

"We lost the first two matches so we knew the last three we had to perform and unfortunately it came down to me but we got there in the end," said a relieved McGhee.

"Halfway around today I was thinking I'd rather be in work. I was feeling stressed."

Donaghadee face Portumna in today's semi-finals at 10.15am while The K Club take on Mullingar in the first semi-final, which gets under way at 9.30am.

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