*FILE PIC. Kevin Hynes. Photograph: Pat Cashman
Spanish Point were crowned Clare area Pierce Purcell champions on Saturday when they recorded a 31/2 to 1 1/2 victory over Woodstock.
Home advantage proved crucial with Spanish Point winning the three matches they had at home
The winning pairs were Micheál and Fergal Hehir; Mervin Hehir and Cillian Duggan; Niall Heaney and Kevin Hynes; Patrick Hogan and Seamus McMahon were beaten in Ennis while Michael O’Brien and Mike Donnelly were called in.
Woodstock’s Tony and Declan Coote won their match on the 12th while Brian Keogh and Eric Murrihy were leading when their game was called in at the 16th.
The other members of the Woodstock team were Ollie McNamara and Ryan Enright; Mike Kelly and Cathal O’Neill; John O’Connor and Martin McMahon
Spanish Point’s next opponents are Nenagh in the North Munster area final which must be played by September 13 at a neutral venue.
Shannon v Kilrush in Bruen final
The Clare area Jimmy Bruen final will be between Shannon and Kilrush after Shannon sealed their place in the decider with a 3 1/2 to 1 1/2 victory over Woodstock on Sunday.
The Shannon team comprised P. J. Moroney and James Corry; Chris Willets and C J. Kelly; Murty O’Donoghue and Adam McMahon; Joe Finlay and Pat McHugh; John O’Connell and Kieran Kirby
Woodstock team members were Micheál Talty and Patrick McElhinney; Joe Greene and Bernardo Kelly; Ken Horgan and Aidan Mulcahy; Colm
Garry and Michael Conroy; Eric Murrihy and John Mulcahy;
Peter Doyle (9) won the Matterson cup which was played for on the championship course at Lahinch last week/He won from Kevin Cleary (13) with third spot filled by Ronan Mulvihill (9) while Jonatrhan Keane won the gross.
Winners of the men’s fourball stableford competition on the Castle course were Mark (15) and Shane Fenton (7) with 45 points from Pat Falvey (13) and Michael P. Hanrahan (15) with 44 points. In third place, also with 44 points, were Bobby Fleming (8) and Gavin Whitaker (7)
The ladies O’Loughlin cup competition was played for on the Castle couse where Fiona McCarthy (16) captured the honours with 33 points. She had one to spare over Una Moloney (28) with third spot filled by Evanna Hoey (12) with 31 points followed by Marie O’Connor (18) with 31 points. Niamh O’Dwyer won the gross with 27 points.
The Dunally cup fourball competition was played for on the championship course where Grainne Dalton (5) and Jane Ryder (21) were victorious with 45 points from Fiona McCarthy (14) and Mary Powell (13) with 44 points. Emily Chambers (12) and Anne Vaughan (16) were third with 40 points followed by Olivia Lucas (4) and Aine O’Brien (27), also with 40 points. Jenny Hennessy and Jacqueline Joyce won the gross with 36 points.
Paddy Coghlan’s captain’s prize was played for at Gort on Saturday and resulted in victory for Shane Neylon (20) with 79 points. Gerry Cooney (19) was second with 77 points followed by Sean Daly (18) with 77. Michael Killeen (11) with 76 points, Niall Finnegan (11) with 76 points, and Eddie Leen (14) with 73 points.
Colman Cooney (6) won the gross (last 18) with 30 points. In the nett category, Ronnie Killeen (22) was the winner with 42 points while other prize winners included John Skehill (15) with 37 points (past captain), Vincent Mullins (19) with 38 points to win the seniors section.
Pat Corcoran (18) won the distance member category with 36 points and Eanna Mulvihill (4) won the student’s section with 40 point while the nines were won by Shane Moylette (28) with 21 points and Richie Glynn (20) with 22 points.
The Ennis Electrical men’s competition at Kilrush last week was won by Bill Murphy (30) with 41 points from Rory Flynn (17) with 40 points. Declan O’Donovan (08) was third with 39 points followed by Thomas Coffey (12) with 38 points.
The category winners were Denis Nagle (13) with 37 points, Michael O’Reilly (15) with 36 points and Pat Mulcahy (23) with 36 points
The lady president’s (Ann Brennan) men’s open singles at Kilrush was won by Sean O’Connor (17) from Rathbane with 40 points from Tomás Prendeville (15) with 40 points and Tom Clancy (5) with 39 points
The lady president’s prize was played for on Saturday when Geraldine Burke (18) was the winner with 36 points from Fiona Kinsella (13) with 36 points, Anne Marie Donnellan (17) with 34 points, Marion Brennan (22) with 34 points, Lucy Hayes (29) with 33 points and Agnes Shannon (21) with 31 points.
Anne Gallagher (11) won the gross with 30 points while the nines were won by Mary Young (22) with 16 points and Martina Walsh (21) with 19 points
In the 9 hole competition the winner was Teresa Lyons from Loretta Browne. The committee prize was won by Lucy Bake (30) with 27 points while Anne Coen (20) with 30 points won the past president’s prize
In the ESB inaugural open on Sunday the winner was Richard Willians (16) with 44 points from Robert Ryan (19) with 41 points and George Nolan (14), with 39 points The category winners were Jim Young senior (8) with 38 points, Sean Lyons (14) with 37 points and Nevan Prendeville (19) with 39 points.
In the ladies category cups the summer cup winner was Geraldine Burke (18) with 36 points, the Fitzgerald cup winner was Marion Brennan (22) with 34 points and the J. and M. Moody cup winner was Lucy Blake (30) with 15 points.
Barry Lynch (18) won the Friday open singles at Ennis with 37 points from Fergus O’Brien (15) with 36, Pat Murphy (9) with 36, Darragh Healy (36) with 35 points, Cillian O’Connor (9) with 35 and Andrew Whelan (5) with 35. Woodstock’s Brian Gilligan (scratch) won the gross with 72.
The Bell trophy was played for over the weekend and resulted in victory for Conor Doyle (15) with 41 points. He had two to spare over Dave Kenneally (9) with Barry Lee(18), also with 39 points, in third spot. Conor Malone (12) was next with 38 points followed by Ross O’Flaherty (5) with 38 while the gross was won by Sean Myatt (1) with 36 points.
The men’s fourball competition at East Clare last week was won by John Duffy and Martin Breen with 47 points from Donal O’Grady and Gary Guilfoyle with 45 points.
In the ladies 18 hole stableford competition last week’s winner was Mary Brennan (24) with 32 points. The men’s and ladies open singles continues every Thursday.
Conor Brannock was the winner of Friday’s open singles at Dromoland with 42 points from Diarmuid McMahon who returned a similar score. Conor Ryan was third with 40 points while Brian Shally won the gross with 26 points
In the weekend singles competition Robert Stakelum won with 42 points from Cian Moloney with 41 an Colum Devine with 40. The gross was won by George Smith with 34.
Ronan Mullane won the midweek 9 hole singles from Gavin Reilly with third spot filled by Brendan Hughes. All three scored 19 points.
O’Callaghans Mills GAA classic:
Forty teams were at East Clare golf club on Friday and Saturday for the O’Callaghan’s Mills GAA club annual golf classic.
Brendan Foley’s team, from Killaloe was presented with the Fr O’Connor McNamara Memorial Cup with a score of 111 points.
Second in the competition was Michael McInerney’s team from Kilkishen on 110 points followed by JJ McNamara’s team from Kilkishen on 110 points.
James McNamara’s team also from Kilkishen was fourth on 109 points, followed by Matthew Cooney’s team from O’Callaghan’s Mills on 106 points while sixth place went to Donal Fleming’s team also from O’Callaghan’s Mills on 105 points.
Non handicapped team winners were Aiden Fawl’s team from O’Callaghan’s Mills. Longest drive was won by James McNamara and nearest the pin was Paul Madden.