Friday 9 December 2016

Monkstown claim a thrilling Munster AIG Senior Cup win

Published 18/08/2016 | 02:30

Monkstown receive the pennant for winning the Munster Golf AIG Senior Cup after an exciting 3-2 victory over Castletroy in the decider in Cork. Photo: Golffile/Thos Caffrey
Monkstown receive the pennant for winning the Munster Golf AIG Senior Cup after an exciting 3-2 victory over Castletroy in the decider in Cork. Photo: Golffile/Thos Caffrey

Monkstown won the Munster AIG Senior Cup title for the first time in over half a century when they beat Castletroy 3-2 in a thriller at Cork GC.

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Sean Desmond was the hero of the hour, claiming the winning point with a one-hole win over Cian Daly after Martin Poucher and Eoghan Long won their matches.

Andrew McCormack and Mark Campbell won for Castletroy, so that left it all resting on Desmond's match.

The 18-year-old needed a half on the 18th to win the match and it looked doubtful when his second found the trees. However, he played a great recovery shot that pitched short of the green and ran up to 15 feet, from where he lagged up to a foot to claim the match and the winning point.

It was an emotionally exhausting day for Monkstown as it took a 19th hole birdie from Nick Moore to see off a gallant Ballybunion 3-2, as Castletroy overcame an early deficit to Waterford Castle 3-2 in the other semi-final.

AIG Senior Cup, Munster semi-finals at Cork GC

Monkstown 3, Ballybunion 2 (Sean Desmond lost to Ed Stack 1 hole; Donal McDonnell lost to John Molyneaux Jnr 1 hole; Nick Moore bt Peter Sheehan 19th hole; Eoghan Long bt Senan Carroll 4&3; Martin Poucher bt David O'Driscoll 5&4).

Castletroy 3, Waterford Castle 2 (Andrew McCormack bt Ben Murray 6&5; Mark Campbell bt Andrew Mulhall 1 hole; Jack Ryan lost to Pat Maddigan 3&2; Dean McMahon lost to Denis Sinnott 2&1; Cian Daly bt Bill Murray 2&1).

Final: Monkstown 3 Castletroy 2 (Moore lost to McCormack 3&2; McDonnell lost to Campbell 1 hole; Poucher bt Ryan 6&5; Desmond bt Cian O'Donnell 1 hole; Long bt Daly 6&5).

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