Sunday 20 October 2019

Barton Shield joy for Limerick

Clincher: Limerick’s Sean Enwright (left) and Owen O’Brien celebrate victory on the 15th green in the AIG Barton Shield Final. Picture by Pat Cashman
Clincher: Limerick’s Sean Enwright (left) and Owen O’Brien celebrate victory on the 15th green in the AIG Barton Shield Final. Picture by Pat Cashman

Limerick beat County Sligo by seven holes to claim the AIG Barton Shield at Westport and their first win in the event for 43 years.

They put paid to Warrenpoint's bid for their third Barton Shield win in four years and their eighth overall with a two-hole semi-final win as County Sligo eased to a seven-hole win over Dundalk,

Sean Enwright came in for Justin Kehoe in the final, and the Birr man still claimed his second Barton Shield medal, 18 years after winning with UCD.

Enwright and O'Brien claimed a two-hole win over brothers TJ and Daniel Ford - O'Brien's 25 footer at the 15th falling on its last revolution to seal overall victory.

The real damage was done by Michael Reddan and Ciaran Vaughan, who completed a remarkable unbeaten run through the competition with a five-holes win over Ruairi O'Connor and Thomas Finnegan.

Asked the secret of remaining unbeaten, Reddan could only grin after enjoying what he felt was "a fantastic achievement" from Limerick.

His secret, he said was "having a good partner who keeps me on my toes, a young fella who hits the ball a lot further than I do."

He added: "We holed putts at important times and hit good shots at the right time."

It was a disappointing day for internationals Colm Campbell and Caolan Rafferty who had hoped to face off in the final.

Warrenpoint star Campbell lost by one hole with Ryan Gribben to Kehoe and O'Brien in their semi-final defeat to Limerick while Walker Cup star Rafferty and his partner Eoin Muphy halved with the Ford brothers in their loss to Co Sligo.

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