Portumna win first All Ireland Junior Cup

The Portumna Golf Club team celebrate success in the Bulmers Junior Cup final. Back row, Shane Ryan, team captain Matt Donoghue, John Cleary and Niall Kilkenny. Front row, Shane McHugo, Sean Cleary, Ger Lynch and Pat Quinlan.

The Portumna Golf Club team celebrate success in the Bulmers Junior Cup final. Back row, Shane Ryan, team captain Matt Donoghue, John Cleary and Niall Kilkenny. Front row, Shane McHugo, Sean Cleary, Ger Lynch and Pat Quinlan.

Portumna Golf Club has won the All-Ireland Junior Cup for the first time in the club’s history. Having They won Connacht in August at Castlebar GC, they returned to the same venue for the All-Ireland finals where they overcame Ulster champions Banbridge to advance to the final against Naas. Father and son John and Sean Cleary were the heroes on the first day, both coming from a deficit position to win their respective matches. And Pat Quinlan was the toast of the club the following day after the Clearys won their respective matches. Quinlan made sure of the trophy when he hit a tremendous four iron to 10ft at the difficult par three 16th to see off David Prendergast of Naas in the fifth and final match. The team was captained by Matt Donoghue.

Portumna Golf Club Autumn Trophy stroke, Brendan Naughton (11 ) 66; Basil Kennedy (11 ) 67; Gross, John Harte (5 ) 75; Simon Dagg (15 ) 68; Seniors, Christy O Rourke (11 ) 68. Ladies 18 hole v Par, Ena Moran 4pts, Ann Cassidy 3pts, Sadie Tierney 3pts.

Oughterard Golf Club: 18 hole stableford, Tim Hernon (16 ) 40; Geoff Ginnetty (19 ) 40; Gross, Michael Darcy (5 ) 36; Christy Smyth (18 ) 38; Ken Hartman (21 ) 37; Niall Malone (12 ) 37.

Ladies Hidden Partner, Mary Hall & Geraldine O'Reilly 64; Ruth Cunningham & Brid Penny 61; Pauline Deacy & Phil Kavanagh 60.

Athenry Golf Club: Brendan Byrnes (17 ) 42; Fergus McMahon (12 ) 42; Gross, John Duffy (4 ) 36; Tommy Healy (20 ) 40; Tom Sweeney (16 ) 40; Tom Fox (18 ) 38. Ladies, Ann Pomphrett (18 ) 38; Gina Gilligan (10 ) 37. 18 hole stroke, Eithne Clasby (36 ) 71; Pauline Mccarthe (19 ) 73; Gina Gilligan (10 ) 74.

Tuam Golf Club: Men, John Bodkin (5 ) 42; Michael Ryder (18 ) 38; Gross, Campbell Finnie (4 ) 33; Tom Treacy (16 ) 38; Martin Murphy (11 ) 37; David McGrath (21 ) 36.

Galway Bay Golf Club: Men, Brendan O'Leary (6 ) 70; Liam McCallion (14 ) 70; Pete Melville ( 12 ) 71; Gross, John Killeen (5 ) 79. Ladies, Helen Fitzgerald (26 ) 73; Geraldine Rowan (20 ) 73; Ann Kerins (22 ) 74; Gross, Margaret Harkin (13 ) 93.

Cregmore Park Golf Club: Men, Brian O Mahoney & Dave Samuels 64; Colin Barry & Alan Burke 66; John McGrath & Brendan Cleary 66.5 . Open Day, Tom McHugh 42; Mark King 39; Michael Lane 38.

• Four County Galway clubs are representing Connacht at the ILGU Inter-Club Matchplay finals at Donabate GC this weekend. First in action will be Galway Bay’s Helen O’Flaherty, Orla Shields, Aoife Killeen, Deirdre Toohey and Sheila Reilly v Moate in the intermediate quarter-final today, while Portumna GC Minor Cup district winners compete in their quarter final match v Hazel Grove, represented by Mary McDonagh, Mary Kelly, Loreto O’Grady, Mary McElroy and Audrey McGrath

Also competing in a quarter final on Friday are Mountbellew GC in the junior foursomes and the players who won the Connacht District final were Connie O’Brien and Kathleen Bergin, Siobhan Fallon and Caroline Delaney, and Mary Hyland and Kathleen Raftery. Tuam GC represents Connacht in the Junior Cup and play a semi-final match against Royal Belfast tomorrow, and the team comprises Anita O’Neill, Susan McGann-O’Brien, Marian Mulryan, Jacqui McGrath and Joan Tighe.

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