Warrenpoint will meet Tramore in the final of the Barton Shield in what is the first leg of their All-Ireland treble attempt at the Chartis Cups and Shields finals at a magnificent Castlerock, writes the Golfing Union of Ireland.
The Ulster champions, who also have teams competing in the Jimmy Bruen Shield and Senior Cup competitions on Friday, beat Enniscorthy by six holes in their semi-final, while Tramore hung on against a resolute Athenry to win by two holes.
Elsewhere, Michael McSherry’s miraculous comeback sealed Lurgan’s place in the Junior Cup final against Mitchelstown.
Lurgan accounted for Co Meath when McSherry got up and down from right of the 18th green to square his match with Michael Gaynor, and then won the match on the first extra playoff hole to set up a deciding clash with Mitchelstown, who accounted for 2008 All-Ireland champions Ballina.
In Thursday’s other action, meanwhile, the semi-finals of the Pierce Purcell Shield will see Corrstown meeting Letterkenny while Woodstock take on Athenry.
Chartis All Ireland Cups and Shields Finals
Barton Shield Semi-Finals
Tramore beat Athenry by 2 holes (Tramore names first)
Chris Butler & Declan King bt Mark King & Michael Lane 2 holes; Alan Thomas & David Kiely halved with Conor Waters & David Byrne
Warrenpoint beat Enniscorthy by 6 holes (Warrenpoint names first)
Paul Reavey & Stephen Coulter bt Mark Murphy & Jason Rackard 3 holes; Ryan Gribben & Colm Campbell Jnr bt Graham Donohoe & James Buckley 3 holes
Junior Cup Semi-Finals
Mitchelstown beat Ballina 3.5-1.5 (Mitchelstown names first)
John Cahill bt Jonathan Kelly 4/3; Sean Lane bt Liam Casey 3/1; Adrian Gamble lost to Jonathan Doherty 3/2; John Maguire bt Kenneth Lawrence 4/3; Clem Leonard halved with Noel Dee.
Lurgan beat Co Meath 3-2
Laurence McGrady lost to David Fox 4/2; Philip Shaw lost to Sean Fitzgerald 4/3; Michael McSherry bt Michael Gaynor 19th; David Magee bt Tony Lacey 4/3; Gareth Hanna bt Ciaran Blaney 3/2
Chartis All-Ireland Cups and Shields National Finals, Castlerock Golf Club
Thursday 15th September 2011
Barton Shield Final (12noon)
Tramore v Warrenpoint (Tramore names first)
Chris Butler & Declan King v Paul Reavey & Stephen Coulter; Alan Thomas & David Kiely v Ryan Gribben & Colm Campbell Jnr
Junior Cup Final (11am)
Mitchelstown v Lurgan (Mitchelstown names first)
John Cahill v Laurence McGrady; Sean Lane v Philip Shaw; Adrian Gamble v Michael McSherry; John Maguire v David Magee; Clem Leonard v Gareth Hanna
Pierce Purcell Shield Semi-Finals
Corrstown v Letterkenny (8am, Corrstown names first)
Garry Beagan & Andrew Holohan v Patrick McMonagle & Brian O’Donnell
Jarlath Beagan & Paul O’Kane v Tony McMonagle & Connor McGettigan
Martin Mooney & Brendan Doyle v John Russell & Roy McCrory
Gerry Burns & Tom Brady v Keith Spence & Patsy O’Donnell
Aidan Shields & Martin McIvor v Kieran Walsh & Nicolas Miller
Woodstock v Athenry (8.50am, Woodstock names first)
Tom Hehir & Martin Dormor v David Donohue & Brendan Lynskey
Shane Fitzgerald & Michael O’Brien v Michael Shaughnessy & Luke Glynn
Liam McInerney & Mike Kelly v Martin Naughton & Shane Donohue
Jason Considine & Brian Mulcahy v Michael Crimmins & Jimmy Flaherty
Declan Coote & Jimmy Kelly v Kevin McCarthy & Michael Noone