Ladies reach East Leinster semi-finals in Junior Foursomes

Dundalk have reached the semi-finals of the East Leinster AIG Junior Foursomes for the first time and will face Malahide at Powerscourt on Wednesday, August 2, for a place in the regional final.

Under the management of Briege Renaghan and Violet McGeady, the team have come through four tough rounds to reach the last four. The Junior Foursomes is for players with a handicap between 15 and 36 but the pairings must have a minimum joint handicap of 35 and a maximum of 41.

Each tie consists of of three foursomes matches which is played a neutral venue and Dundalk’s campaign began on April 23 in Royal Tara where they had 3-0 win over Virginia.

On May 13 the team travelled to Mannan Castle and beat Donabate 2-1 before defeating Headfort on a similar scoreline at Balbriggan on June 10.

That set up a quarter-final in Naas against Royal Tara where they once again emerged 2-1 winners to book a first ever semi-final place. However, the final pairing of Niamh Maguire and Brid Rocks were taken to sudden death before they finally saw off their opponents on the 20th hole.

The other pairings in the win over Royal Tara were Mary Lou Grennan and Elizabeth McGuinness, and Theresa Connolly and Bernie MacGuinness. Fionnuala Dullaghan and Olive Jones were the substitutes while Anne Murray and Mags Coburn are currently unavailable die to injury,

“All the squad are playing well at the moment and we are really looking forward to the semi-final in Powerscourt. The matches all through the competition have been nail-biters but I am hoping that will stand to us against Malahide,” said Briege Renaghan.