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Former Waterford star Paul Flynn will be hoping to win the All-Ireland medal that eluded him as a hurler when he tees it up in the AIG Cups and Shields finals. Flynn, who played in the 2008 All-Ireland final defeat to Kilkenny, has turned to golf since retiring from the inter-county game in 2008.

Former Waterford star Paul Flynn will be hoping to win the All-Ireland medal that eluded him as a hurler when he tees it up in the AIG Cups and Shields finals. Flynn, who played in the 2008 All-Ireland final defeat to Kilkenny, has turned to golf since retiring from the inter-county game in 2008.

Former Waterford star Paul Flynn will be hoping to win the All-Ireland medal that eluded him as a hurler when he tees it up in the AIG Cups and Shields finals. Flynn, who played in the 2008 All-Ireland final defeat to Kilkenny, has turned to golf since retiring from the inter-county game in 2008.

Former Waterford star Paul Flynn will be hoping to win the All-Ireland medal that eluded him as a hurler when he tees it up in the AIG Cups and Shields finals.

Flynn, who played in the 2008 All-Ireland final defeat to Kilkenny, has turned to golf since retiring from the inter-county game in 2008.

Now a regular on the Irish amateur circuit, Flynn has a chance to bring his innate talent to bear in golf.

Instead of lacing his boots for Croke Park, Flynn will put on his spikes at Carton House when Tramore take on Rosslare in the AIG Senior Cup semi-final on Friday, September 19.

Tramore won their second Munster title in three years at this year's provincial finals at Shannon.

In the final against Limerick, Flynn beat Mark McGrath 3&2, leaving him unbeaten after a half point gained against Doneraile's John Hickey in the semi-final.

Tramore team manager Eoin Kavanagh has seen a big improvement in Flynn's golf since he retired from hurling.

Mile

"He hits the ball a mile. His short game wasn't great initially, but he's really got his act together and his overall game is very good now," said Kavanagh.

Flynn, an All Star in 2003, has been as low as plus-two handicap.

Last year he qualified for the match-play stages at the West of Ireland championship.

Tramore now face Rosslare in the All-Ireland semis after the Wexford club won their first ever Leinster title at Mount Juliet.

Liam McNamara's side beat Hermitage in convincing fashion to win the AIG Senior Cup.

Mark Mullen had the honour of holing the winning putt - a 12-footer for par on 18 to complete a superb up and down from the bunker - but 16-year-old Paul Murphy was the star of the show for the new champions.

The Rosslare teenager, in his debut season at Senior Cup level, needed just 13 holes to put the opening point on the board in the final against Hermitage.

Murphy was five under on his card for an emphatic 6&5 win.

Rosslare had taken out reigning champions Carton House in the quarter-final before beating Headfort 4-1 in the semis.

On the opposite side of the draw, All-Ireland champions Co Sligo will meet Ulster winners Banbridge.

The AIG Cups and Shields Finals festival will be played from Wednesday, September 17 to Saturday, September 20.

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