Wednesday 7 December 2016

Joe's killer blow for Templemore in Munster country clubs final

Published 11/08/2016 | 02:30

Jim Long, Munster Golf, presents the Munster Country Clubs Cup to Liam Leahy, Templemore Golf Club, at Lisselan GC. Photo: Niall O'Shea
Jim Long, Munster Golf, presents the Munster Country Clubs Cup to Liam Leahy, Templemore Golf Club, at Lisselan GC. Photo: Niall O'Shea

Templemore captured the Munster Country Clubs Cup for the first time in five years at a sun-drenched Lisselan.

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The competition, limited to nine hole golf clubs, went all the way to the 18th green before the Tipperary side captured the title with a 4-3 win over Lismore.

The groundwork had already been laid by Seamus Bourke, Tim Tuohy and Tony McGrath, who had all won points for Templemore.

However, it was Joe O'Connor who was the hero of the hour, sending a 60-yard wedge to just four feet before slotting home the birdie putt to beat Lismore's Paul Keneally by one hole.

In the morning semi-finals, Templemore had an impressive 5-2 win over hosts Lisselan, with Bourke, McGrath and Tuohy winning the first three matches.

In the other semi-final, Lismore overcame a tough Ballyheigue Castle 4-3, but only after the last match went all the way to the 20th hole.

Munster Country Clubs Cup, Lisselan Golf Club

Final: Templemore 4 Lismore 3

Seamus Bourke beat Martin Power 2&1

Tim Tuohy beat Peter Whelan 3&1

Tom McGrath beat Martin O'Driscoll 4&2

Denis Maher lost to PJ Coughlan 3&2

Joe O'Connor beat Paul Kenneally 1 hole

Gerard Keegan lost to Pat Morrissey 3&2

Denis Tuohy lost to Andrew Hamilton 5&4.

Semi-finals: Templemore 5 Lisselan 2; Lismore 4 Ballyheigue Castle 3.

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