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Joy as Warrenpoint retain Barton Shield in emphatic win

 

By Paul Kelly

Warrenpoint GC retained the AIG Barton Shield with an emphatic four-hole victory at Carton House yesterday. The team of Paul Reavey, Stephen Coulter, Ryan Gribben and Colm Campbell jnr proved too good for Connacht champions Galway, who had to endure a third successive final defeat.

Team captain Colm Campbell snr said: "We are delighted to go back-to-back. It was no easier than it was last year, beating the Galway lads. Unfortunately for them, they came up against us and we have an unbelievable team.

"What turned the game was when Paul (Reavey) holed a super putt for birdie on 16 and Colm stood up after him and holed another super putt for birdie. That turned the game for us."

Reavey and Coulter enjoyed the perfect start in their match against Joe Lyons and Luke O'Neill, winning the first and second. From there they never trailed, eventually winning by two holes.

Galway's Ronan Mullarney and Liam Power struck early to lead against Campbell and Gribben but Warrenpoint went ahead at the sixth. Through eight, the Point were two up, and while Galway pinched 11 and 15, Warrenpoint hit back each time to secure another two-hole win.

Irish international Colm Campbell jnr said: "I said it last year, there is no better feeling than winning as a club.

"We have a knack of winning the Barton Shield. We have a slightly different team to last year but when it comes to foursomes in the Barton Shield, we just know how to win it and the lads played well. It's a great feeling to pick up another All-Ireland gold medal."

Meanwhile, Royal Portrush will launch their quest for a long overdue Senior Cup victory today with a semi-final against Galway.

Moyola Park's hopes of reaching the Pierce Purcell Shield final were dashed yesterday by Leinster club Royal Curragh, who won 3&2.

Spain's Macarena Campomanes Eguiguren shot a final-round 73 to win the Ladies' Senior British Open Amateur Championship at Royal Belfast Golf Club yesterday.

Campomanes Eguiguren finished on five-over-par 218. She won by five shots from Australia's Sue Wooster with the defending champion, Laura Webb, in third place on 11 over par.

AIG Cups & Shields fixtures

AIG Senior Cup Semi-Finals

Royal Portrush v Galway: (Royal Portrush names first): Mark McMurray v Luke O'Neill; Andrew Morris v Ronan Mullarney; Matthew McAlpin v Joe Lyons; Garth McGimpsey v Liam Nolan; Jamie Knipe v Liam Power.

Limerick v Carton House (Limerick names first): Owen O'Brien v Des Morgan; Sean Poucher v Jack Doherty; Ciaran Vaughan v Sean O'Connor; Michael Reddan v Gary McDermott; Justin Kehoe v Colin Cunningham.

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