Defending champions win 26th Irish Senior Cup title

Melanie Mitchell (Team Captain) pictured with the Royal Portrush Ladies team after their voctory over Kilkenny Golf Club in the 2013 All Ireland Senior Cup final at Portuma Golf Club today (17/08/2013). From left Hannah Henderson, Helen Jones (Lady Captain, Royal Portrush), Naoimh Quigg, Victoria Bradshaw, Collette McNicholl, Maud Wilson (Team Manager) and Lucy Simpson. Picture by Pat Cashman
Melanie Mitchell (Team Captain) pictured with the Royal Portrush Ladies team after their voctory over Kilkenny Golf Club in the 2013 All Ireland Senior Cup final at Portuma Golf Club today (17/08/2013). From left Hannah Henderson, Helen Jones (Lady Captain, Royal Portrush), Naoimh Quigg, Victoria Bradshaw, Collette McNicholl, Maud Wilson (Team Manager) and Lucy Simpson. Picture by Pat Cashman

Defending Champions Royal Portrush won their 26th Irish Senior Cup title with a 3½-1½ victory over Kilkenny at Portumna Golf Club.

The top match was a ding-dong affair with Mary Dowling coming from behind with a birdie to tie the match on 17.

Lucy Simpson replied by finding the green at the short 18 and when Mary failed to get up and down, Royal Portrush edged ahead in the tie.

Victoria Bradshaw doubled their advantage defeating Eileen Rose Power on 17. Orla Dunphy pulled a match back for The Cats with an-up-and-down par for a final hole victory over Helen Jones but Hannah Handerson proved to be the heroine for the Ulster side when she, on her Senior Cup debut, closed out her tie with Ann Smee on 17.

Results FINAL ROYAL PORTRUSH 3½ KILKENNY 1½

Lucy Simpson beat Mary Dowling 1up; Victoria Bradshaw beat Eileen Rose Power 3/1; Helen Jones lost to Orla Dunphy 1up; Naoimh Quigg halved with Mary Leahy Browne (called in); Hannah Henderson beat Ann Smee 3/1

SEMI-FINALS ROYAL PORTRUSH 3½ CASTLETROY 1½

Lucy Simpson lost to Chloe Ryan 5/4; Victoria Bradshaw beat Patrice Delaney 3/1; Helen Jones beat Lisa O’Shea 3/2; Naoimh Quigg beat Shirley Real 5/4; Hannah Henderson halved with Fiona Corbett (called in)

ENNISCORTHY 2 KILKENNY 3

Aisling O’Leary lost to Mary Dowling 1up; Sorcha Howell lost to Eileen Rose Power 2up; Nicola King beat Orla Dunphy 3/1; Ciara Sharkey lost to Mary Leahy Browne 1up; Jennifer King beat Ann Smee 5/4

QUARTER FINALS ROYAL PORTRUSH 4½ Co. LOUTH ½

Lucy Simpson beat Deirdre Smith 2/1; Victoria Bradshaw beat Carla Reynolds at 19th; Helen Jones beat Jennifer Gannon 1up; Naoimh Quigg beat Oonagh Purfield 5/4; Hannah Henderson halved with Roisin Brady (called in)

CASTLETROY 3 PORTUMNA 2

Chloe Ryan beat Anne Cassidy 2/1; Patrice Delaney lost to Suzanne Corcoran 1up; Lisa O’Shea lost to Ciara Magill 2/1; Shirley Real beat Carmel McLoughlin 1up; Fiona Corbett beat Anita Carey 3/1

ENNISCORTHY 4 ROYAL Co. DOWN LADIES 1

Aisling O’Leary halved with Veronica MacGreevy (called in); Sorcha Howell beat Anita McCaw 5/4; Nicola King beat Emma Dickson 6/5; Ciara Sharkey halved with Sinead McVeigh (called in); Jennifer King beat Laura McCaw 4/3

THE ISLAND 2 KILKENNY 3

Gillian O’Leary lost to Mary Dowling 19th; Rachel Cassidy beat Eileen Rose Power 1up; Julie McCarthy beat Mary Leahy Browne 1up; Gertie McMullen lost to Orla Dunphy at 20th; Ashleigh Wilton lost to Ann Smee 3/2