Sunday 24 September 2017

Mouland claims glory in Portugal

golf

EUROPEAN SENIOR TOUR: Mark Mouland, of Wales, claimed his maiden Senior Tour title and his first win in 23 years after he came from four shots back at the Senior Open de Portugal with a four-under-par 68 at Belas Clube de Campo near Lisbon.

Eamonn Darcy (73) and Jimmy Heggarty (73) each earned €2,173 in a tie for 29th on one-over, while Des Smyth shared 38th on three-over (worth €1,560) with a third-round 78.

CHALLENGE TOUR: England's Matthew Baldwin (25) claimed his first Challenge Tour title by overcoming Frenchman Julien Guerrier on the third play-off hole at the Fred Olsen Challenge de Espana.

These two tied on 21-under after 72 holes at Tecina Golf on the Canary Island of La Gomera. Dubliner Niall Kearney tied 61st on four-under and earned €450 after posting two level-par rounds of 71 at the weekend.

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR: Felicity Johnson of England eclipsed Italian Diana Luna with a par at the first play-off hole to claim the Lacoste Ladies Open de France on a glorious final day at Paris International.

It was almost groundhog day for Luna, as she was defeated by Felicity's namesake Trish Johnson in a one-hole play-off at the same venue 11 months previously. Galway-born Alison Walshe, now of the US, tied 13th on eight-under after impressive weekend rounds of 69 and 68.

men's hockey

YMCA and Pembroke Wanderers surged to the top of the Leinster league as Pembroke halted Glenanne's unbeaten gallop.

The Glens went to Serpentine Avenue with a record of three wins from three and an early score by Richie Shaw suggested they were in the mood to continue their run. But, for the second week in a row, Pembroke showed they were capable of bouncing back.

As against Monkstown in their previous match, it was South African Matthew Brown who tucked away the winner, this time after Kirk Shimmins equalised.

YMCA warmed up on Saturday with four goals against Clontarf and then wrapped up a weekend double by defeating UCD at Milltown yesterday. All of YM's goals in the 3-0 win came in the first half, through David Robinson, Stephen Parker and Marcus Richardson.

Women's hockey

Corinthians' corner specialist Suzie Geoffroy punched a big hole in the Hermes bid to retain their Leinster title as the underdogs took a point at Booterstown.

The below-strength champions looked on course for victory when Kerry McComish opened the scoring midway through the first half. But within a couple of minutes Geoffroy powered an equaliser through the guard of 'keeper Mary Goode. Hermes' stuttering start to the campaign was compounded by injury to Gillian Pinder who pulled out with a calf strain.

Loreto's unbeaten run was brought to a halt by UCD who led from start to finish at Belfield. Railway Union emerged from their visit to Tallaght top of the table. Railway shunted Glenanne out of their way, with Jean McDonnell scoring twice in a 5-0 win.

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