Defending Champions Royal Portrush pictured with Team Captain Melanie Mitchell & Team Manager Maud Wilson won their 26th Irish Senior Cup title with a 3½-1½ victory over Kilkenny in final at Portumna Golf Club, 16 August.
THE FINAL The top match was a ding-dong affair with Mary Dowling coming from behind on several occasions and firing an up-and-down birdie on 17 to tie the match. Lucy Simpson responded admirably by finding the green at the short 18 and when Mary failed to get up and down once more, this time to a tricky pin position, Royal Portrush edged ahead in the fixture.
Victoria Bradshaw doubled their advantage with some fine iron play to defeat Eileen Rose Power on 17. Orla Dunphy pulled a match back for The Cats with a brave 4 footer for a final hole victory over Helen Jones but Hannah Henderson sealed the Irish Senior Cup title for a record 26th time for the Ulster side when she, on her Senior Cup debut, was conceded a half on 17 to close out her tie with Ann Smee.
FINAL ROYAL PORTRUSH 3½ KILKENNY 1½ Lucy Simpson beat Mary Dowling 1up Victoria Bradshaw beat Eileen Rose Power 3/1 Helen Jones lost to Orla Dunphy 1up Naoimh Quigg halved with Mary Leahy Browne (called in) Hannah Henderson beat Ann Smee 3/1 SEMI FINAL NEWS Defending Champions Royal Portrush and Kilkenny are through to the All Ireland Final of the 2013 Irish Senior Cup after securing victories over Castletroy and Enniscorthy in this afternoon’s semi finals at at Portumna Golf Club, 16 August.
Despite Chloe Ryan putting Castletroy into an early lead after defeating Lucy Simpson 5/4, Royal Portush proved much too strong for the Shannonsiders winning the next 3 matches without reply.
The second semi final proved a much tighter affair with the lead changing umpteen times. Enniscorthy raced ahead with the King twins Nicola and Jennifer once again producing the goods to give the Wexford side a 2 match lead. Kilkenny dug deep and levelled the tie with wins from stalwarts Mary Dowling and Eileen Rose Power on the home green. This paved the way for seasoned campaigner Mary Leahy Browne to step up to the plate, which she duly did holing from 5 feet at the last to book a final berth with Royal Portrush at 9.30am on Saturday morning.
QUARTER FINAL NEWS Defending Champions Royal Portrush, Castletroy, Enniscorthy & Kilkenny are through to the semi-finals of the 2013 Irish Senior Cup after securing victories in the All Ireland quarter-finals at Portumna Golf Club, 16 August.
In the tie of the round, Kilkenny emerged victorious over The Island 3-2 with two matches going the full distance and a further two matches going to tie holes. Royal Portrush continued their recent dominance at this level securing 4½ points from a luckless Co. Louth.
In the third quarter final, home side Portumna raced to a 2-1 lead before Shirley Real and Fiona Corbett sealed victory for the Shannonsiders. While the fourth quarter final saw the King twins secure convincing victories as Enniscorthy overwhelmed a young Royal Co. Down Ladies side.
SEMI-FINALS ROYAL PORTRUSH 3½ CASTLETROY 1½ Lucy Simpson lost to Chloe Ryan 5/4 Victoria Bradshaw beat Patrice Delaney 3/1 Helen Jones beat Lisa O’Shea 3/2 Naoimh Quigg beat Shirley Real 5/4 Hannah Henderson halved with Fiona Corbett (called in)
ENNISCORTHY 2 KILKENNY 3 Aisling O’Leary lost to Mary Dowling 1up Sorcha Howell lost to Eileen Rose Power 2up Nicola King beat Orla Dunphy 3/1 Ciara Sharkey lost to Mary Leahy Browne 1up Jennifer King beat Ann Smee 5/4
QUARTER FINALS ROYAL PORTRUSH 4½ Co. LOUTH ½ Lucy Simpson beat Deirdre Smith 2/1 Victoria Bradshaw beat Carla Reynolds at 19th Helen Jones beat Jennifer Gannon 1up Naoimh Quigg beat Oonagh Purfield 5/4 Hannah Henderson halved with Roisin Brady (called in)
CASTLETROY 3 PORTUMNA 2 Chloe Ryan beat Anne Cassidy 2/1 Patrice Delaney lost to Suzanne Corcoran 1up Lisa O’Shea lost to Ciara Magill 2/1 Shirley Real beat Carmel McLoughlin 1up Fiona Corbett beat Anita Carey 3/1
ENNISCORTHY 4 ROYAL Co. DOWN LADIES 1 Aisling O’Leary halved with Veronica MacGreevy (called in) Sorcha Howell beat Anita McCaw 5/4 Nicola King beat Emma Dickson 6/5 Ciara Sharkey halved with Sinead McVeigh (called in) Jennifer King beat Laura McCaw 4/3
THE ISLAND 2 KILKENNY 3 Gillian O’Leary lost to Mary Dowling 19th Rachel Cassidy beat Eileen Rose Power 1up Julie McCarthy beat Mary Leahy Browne 1up Gertie McMullen lost to Orla Dunphy at 20th Ashleigh Wilton lost to Ann Smee 3/2