Sinnott thrilled after sinking winning putt for Enniscorthy
Published 28/09/2015 | 02:30
Enniscorthy mounted an epic comeback to deny Limerick and claim the AIG Ladies Junior Cup at Knightsbrook.
"It's the stuff of dreams," said Enniscorthy manager Jennifer King, whose side were down in four of the five matches at the turn before fighting back to win 3.5-1.5.
"Golf is a funny old game and you never say never. We never give up until the final hole and that's exactly what happened. It's the miracle at Knightsbrook as opposed to the miracle at Medinah."
Stellah Sinnott, a multiple All-Ireland camogie winner and former Wexford manager, holed the winning putt for Enniscorthy for the second time to claim her fourth gold medal on the golf course.
"Nothing beats playing, no matter what you're doing," said Sinnott, who also clinched the decisive point in the 2007 Intermediate Cup Final, following her 2&1 win over Heather Fitzgerald.
"Managing, all it will do is give you grey hairs. Being on the course out there or a playing pitch, that's what it's all about."
Connie Doyle, three down with three to play, won the last three holes and then drained a 25-footer on the 19th to beat Emma Guinane as Margaret Mooney beat Mary Conlon 6&5 and Eimear McGrath defeated Maria Kelly 5&3.
Catriona Hogan had drawn level in match four and was getting ready to head down the 19th when news came through of Sinnott's winning point in the back match.
"It's great to have something like that at this level," said Sinnott. "Once you have the competitive spirit in you, you'd love to have a sport that you could continue with."
East Cork claimed the AIG Ladies Challenge Cup for the second time in three years with a 3.5-1.5 win over Mount Juliet.
Seventeen-year-old Rachel Rea, who took time off from school to play, won 8&7 in the back match, Suzanne Hickey beat Niamh Strudwick 4&3 and Rachel Sheehan took the top match 3&2 in what was a superb team performance.
"I can't say enough to praise them, they were absolutely awesome," said team captain Frances O'Brien.
"They were a very good opposition. Our girls really had to be at the top of their game to beat them today."
In the AIG Junior Foursomes, Galway club Bearna claimed the first All-Ireland title in their 19-year history with a 2-1 win over Powerscourt.
"It was very exciting and we were delighted to get to this stage because we've never been to this stage before," said team captain Catherine Quinlan.