Monkstown Win Munster AIG Senior Cup
12 months ago Sean Desmond won a dramatic match on the 20th green in Dungarvan, to take Monkstown to a Senior Cup Munster Final. Limerick beat them that day in the final, but this time Sean Desmond was again the hero, claiming the winning point on the 18th. Desmond needed a half after Martin Poucher and Eoghan Long won their matches. Andrew McCormack and Mark Campbell won for Castletroy so that left it all resting on Desmond’s match. The 18 year old needed a half on the 18th to win the match and it looked doubtful when his second found the trees on the 18th. Desmond played a great recovery shot that saw his ball pitch short of the green and run on to 15 feet. Desmond calmly rolled the ball to less than a foot and that was enough to win the match and the crucial winning point for Monkstown.
Monkstown supporters tasted drama earlier in the day too when their semi-final with Ballybunion went to the 19th. Monkstown had carved out a big lead at the turn but Ballybunion pegged them back. Nick Moore was Monkstown’s hero when he birdied the 19th after a great pitch to less than two feet. Castletroy overcame an early deficit in their match with Waterford Castle to book the other place in the final.
John Moloughney, Chairman Munster Golf congratulated the winners on a great performance and wished them every success when they head for Carton House for the national finals in September.
AIG Senior Cup
Monkstown 3-2 Castletroy
Nick Moore lost to Andrew McCormack 3&2
Donal McDonnell lost to Mark Campbell 1 hole
Martin Poucher beat Jack Ryan 6&5
Sean Desmond beat Cian O’Donnell 1 hole
Eoghan Long beat Cian Daly 5&5
Monkstown 3-2 Ballybunion
Sean Desmond lost to Ed Stack 1 hole
Donal McDonnell lost to John Molyneaux Jnr 1 hole
Nick Moore beat Peter Sheehan 19th hole
Eoghan Long beat Senan Carroll 4&3
Martin Poucher beat David O’Driscoll 5&4