Senior Cup 2017
History was made last Sunday in Athy Golf Club when the Heath women’s Senior Cup Team defeated All Ireland Title Holders Kilkenny to win the Mid Leinster Senior Cup for the first time. The Heath were narrowly defeated in the final in 2015 and 2016. Heath Team captain Mary Culliton said ‘this is the result of many years of hard work and dedication by the team and the Heath Golf club. The Heath’s record of encouraging and providing coaching for young golfers has paid off with this prestigious win for the club’.
Fourteen clubs entered the Mid Leinster Senior Cup this year including Kilkenny, Royal Curragh, Mullingar, Carlow and Callan, Arklow and Wexford, Rosslare, Enniscorthy, Callan, Castlecomer, Athy, Tullamore.
Each club fields 5 players in an interclub match play event played off scratch. The 5 winning clubs at district level join the three best runner up clubs in the All Ireland finals to be played in Royal Curragh on August 25thand 26th2017.
The Heath Team was led by three twenty year old Maynooth students including former Irish Women’s Champion Mary Doyle playing of a handicap of 1, Meadhbh Doyle and Molly Dowling also playing off 1 played magnificent golf in winning all their matches. Shannen Brown playing off 3 is a graduate of Maynooth and has returned to study for a Masters was exceptional in all four matches which she won easily. The talent and experience of Catherine Reilly playing off 5 showed when she was also victorious in all matches and the Mid Leinster title came to the Heath for the first time.
Thr team was cheered on to victory by great support from the Heath including Captains Grainne Ryan and Denzil Mills and President Anne Cashin.
The all Ireland Finals will be payed in the Royal Curragh on Friday and Saturday 25thand 26thAugust 2017 when the Heath Team will take on the formidable Royal County Down Ladies in the quarter finals. Mary Culliton is confident that the Heath will stand tall among the other great clubs including Lahinch Killarney and Portrush. The Heath has a proud tradition in Womens golf said Mary who played for Ireland and Leinster. We will work hard and prepare well to bring an all Ireland Senior Cup pennant to the Heath this year.We know we will have all the Laois clubs behind us and we will do them proud.’
Mary Doyle 1
Molly Dowling 1
Meadhbh Doyle 1
Shannen Brown 3
Catherine Reilly 5
Sub Mary Culliton 10