Carton House triumph in AIG Barton Shield as attention turns to Connacht
The road to All-Ireland glory is a long one, with all eyes on Ballinrobe for this weekend's AIG Connacht Cups and Shields Finals.
Play begins tomorrow with Enniscrone facing Galway Bay and Portumna meeting Galway in the AIG Barton Shield semi-finals.
The Golfstyle Kenny Cup sees Oughterard, Galway Bay, Castle Dargan and Roscommon clash, while in the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield semi- finals, Tubbercurry face Athenry and Roscommon meet Ballyhaunis.
Saturday sees the AIG Junior Cup semi-finals up for decision, with Castle Dargan facing Athenry and County Sligo meeting Portumna.
The big guns will then roll out in the afternoon, with the AIG Senior Cup semi-finals pitting mighty Galway against Oughterard as County Sligo take on Galway Bay.
The Pierce Purcell Shield also kicks off on Saturday with the semi-finals, as Athlone meet Gort and Castlebar face Enniscrone.
The action then concludes on Sunday with AIG Senior Cup, Junior Cup and Pierce Purcell Shield finals.
Leinster Golf was busy last weekend with a host of finals decided in the AIG Junior Cup, as well as the Barton, Pierce Purcell and Jimmy Bruen Shields. Castle beat Kilkenny 3-2 at Tullamore to win the Leinster AIG Junior Cup pennant as Castlecomer beat Tulfarris 3.5-1.5 in Leinster's AIG Pierce Purcell final.
At Howth, Carton House beat Portmarnock at the 19th and Laytown and Bettystown by four holes before seeing off UCD by three holes in the AIG Barton Shield final, as Cill Dara beat Elm Park 3.5-1.5 in the Jimmy Bruen Shield decider.
Full results from Leinster Golf
AIG Junior Cup Finals, at Tullamore GC
Quarter-Finals: Ardee bt Millicent 4-1; Castle bt Beaverstown 3.5-1.5; Grange bt Hermitage 3-2; Kilkenny bt Enniscorthy 4-1
Semi-Finals: Castle bt Ardee 3-2; Kilkenny bt Grange 20th
Final: Castle bt Kilkenny 3-2.
AIG Barton Shield Finals, at Howth GC
Quarter-finals: Laytown & Bettystown bt Dundalk 5H; Carton House bt Portmarnock 19th Hole; UCD bt Naas 20th Hole; Portarlington bt Baltinglass 5H.
Semi-finals: Carton House bt Laytown & Bettystown 4H; UCD bt Portarlington 1H.
Final: Carton House bt UCD 3H.
AIG Pierce Purcell Finals, at Tullamore GC
Semi-finals: Castlecomer bt Malahide 4-1; Tulfarris bt Powerscourt 3.5-1.5.
Final: Castlecomer bt Tulfarris 3.5-1.5
AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield, at Howth GC
Semi-finals: Cill Dara bt Greenore 3.5-1.5; Elm Park bt Killeen 3-2.
Final: Cill Dara bt Elm Park 3.5-1.5.
GUI All Ireland Interclub Fourball
Semi- finals: Hollywood Lakes bt Hermitage 3-2; Greystones bt New Ross 3-2.