Senior Panel reach Barton Shield All-Ireland Final

DUNDALK Golf Club’s Senior Panel have reached the AIG Barton Shield All-Ireland Final after a comprehensive win over Munster championship Kinsale in this morning’s semi-final at Thurles Golf Club.

Dundalk beat the Cork club by 10 holes with Aaron Grant and Conor Curran five up with four play while Caolan Rafferty and Eoin Murphy were five up with five play when play came to an end.

Dundalk will now face Athenry in tomorrow morning’s final at 10:15am. Athenry won their match against Clandeboye by seven holes.

In the top match, Grant and Curran got off to a nervy start but they still managed to win the opening hole and they went three up after winning the fourth in par and the sixth with birdie. They were pegged back when they lost the seventh but a great birdie putt from Curran saw them win the eighth after Kinsale had lost a ball off the tee.

Wins at 10 and 11 moved them to five up and although Kinsale won the 12th with a par, the Dundalk pairing took the 14th in par to move five up with four play,.

Behind them Rafferty and Murphy were always in control and, after halving the first six holes, they finally nudged in front when Rafferty made a great up and down out of a bunker to win the hole in par. They then proceeded to win the next four holes to go five up and halves on 12 and 13 closed out the match.