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Senior glory at Shannon caps superb week for rising star Dawson

Published 25/08/2014 | 02:30

John-Ross Galbraith lead the final round of the St Andrews Links Trophy with three holes to play when disaster struck as he found all sorts of trouble and slipped down the leaderboard
John-Ross Galbraith lead the final round of the St Andrews Links Trophy with three holes to play when disaster struck as he found all sorts of trouble and slipped down the leaderboard

Rising Irish amateur star Robin Dawson added another Munster title to his glowing CV when he helped Tramore land the AIG Senior Cup title at Shannon.

The Senior Cup success rounded off a super week for Dawson, as he had helped Ireland achieve a superb Triple Crown victory in the Home Internationals at Southerndown in Wales on the Friday before his club commitment with Tramore.

This was Dawson's second Munster success for the club, having won the province two years ago. "This is my third year playing Senior Cup for Tramore and the second time we have qualified for the Irish finals," said Dawson.

The youngster will combine his academic and golf education with a Paddy Harrington golf scholarship at NUI Maynooth at the end of September, but prior to that he hopes to continue his impressive form on behalf of Tramore.

Former Waterford hurler Paul Flynn is also in the impressive Tramore team which defeated Doneraile and Limerick to claim a precious second provincial pennant in three years.

Challenge

The challenge now is to add an All-Ireland crown when they compete at Carton House in the AIG Cups and Shields Finals next month with the other qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Banbridge blitzed the field to win the Ulster title, defeating reigning champions Rosapenna in the final.

Banbridge set the tone in Sunday morning's semi-final with a whitewash victory against Dunmurry (5-0).

The experienced Jim Carvill, a former Walker Cup player, led the way for Banbridge in the decider, taking just 14 holes to put the opening point on the board after a comprehensive 5&4 win over Martin McDermott.

Connor Doran closed out game two against former Irish international Eddie McCormack by 4 & 2 to leave Banbridge just one point away from victory.

Rosapenna did hit back in the third game - player-manager Frank Casey Jnr dug deep to beat Stefan Greenberg 2&1 - but it was a lone success for the champions.

The honour of ensuring the Ulster title would change hands fell to Colin Wilson who shook hands with Enda Kennedy on the 17th to clinch the result.

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