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Kinsella clan to the fore as Castle ‘out-fox’ Cork


Kinsella clan: David, Jake, Ross and Alison at Knightsbrook

Kinsella clan: David, Jake, Ross and Alison at Knightsbrook

Kinsella clan: David, Jake, Ross and Alison at Knightsbrook

Ross Kinsella had his ball stolen by a fox but still claimed the winning point in Castle’s 4-1 AIG Junior Cup win over Cork.

After wins for David Lawley and his younger brother Jake, Ross was 3-up against Tom Healy on the 15th with Rory O’Brien 1-up playing the 16th and Fergal Moran 1-up on 17.

“I hit a 7-iron into about six feet and a fox ran onto the green and took my ball,” Ross explained. “After a bit of deliberation with the officials they put it back close to the hole.”

Ross and Jake are sons of Castle’s former head professional of 50 years, David Kinsella, and nephews of Jimmy and Bobby.

“They must have got their talent from the uncles,” joked David, who enjoyed the occasion with his wife Alison as Castle added to this year’s AIG Barton Shield success.

AIG Men’s Junior Cup

Quarter-Finals: Cork 3.5 Carrickfergus 1.5; Castletroy 3 Co. Cavan 2; Dundalk 2 Co. Sligo 3; Castle 4 Mountrath 1.

Semi-Finals: Cork 4 Co. Sligo 1 (Cork names first): L Foley halved with D McDermott, F Walsh bt D Flanagan 4&2, J O’Flynn bt T Flanagan 4&3, D Hickey halved with C Longworth, T Healy bt JP Flanagan 5&4. Castletroy 1 Castle 4 (Castletroy names first): B Reidy lost to J Kinsella 1 up, G O’Keeffe lost to F Moran 5&4, R O’Connor halved with D Lawley, J Scully lost to R O’Brien 1 up, P Bermingham halved with R Kinsella.

Final: Cork 1 Castle 4 (Cork names first): Foley lost to J Kinsella 3&2, Walsh halved with Moran, O’Flynn lost to Lawley 5&4, Hickey halved with O’Brien, Healy lost to R Kinsella 3&2.

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