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Three star players bridge 19-year gap

Killarney Golf and Fishing Club Captain Harry O’Neill and President Marguerita Mulcahy congratulate the winning team and mentors

A HUGELY talented group of golfers from Killarney has been crowned All-Ireland champions.

The local club won the prestigious AIG Junior Cup Championship for 2021, 19 years after it previously won the title.

It was an intense weekend of matches at Limerick Golf Club with the quarter-final on Saturday against a very fancied Naas GC team. It was a major struggle with the final match going down to the 20th hole, after Mark Tuite notched a spectacular 10-footer on the 19th hole.

The semi-final on Sunday morning was against Ballinasloe GC and, again, it was another extremely tight affair, with Jason Arthur making a terrific par on the 19th after being out of position off the tee, leading to a slender 3-2 victory.

The final on Sunday afternoon, against Corrstown, looked a steep proposition as they had dominant results in their own quarter and semi-final matches.

Killarney started extremely well, going into an early lead in all five matches and they continued in this vein for the entire match and in the end delivered a dominant performance to win.

The team has a great link to the previous winning team 19 years ago with three of the players, Jason Arthur, David O’Donoghue and James O’Neill, featuring both teams.

Team manager Donal Considine also had a great link to that 2002 team as his father-in-law was the manager of that team.

The Killarney panel was John Kerrisk, Jason Arthur, Mark Tuite, David O’Donoghue, Alan McSweeney, Paud O’Donoghue, James O’Neill and Mike Maher and the management team was Donal Considine and Eric Dunlea.