Kevin McIntyre presents Paschal Taggart with the Chartis Insurance sponsored 2012 Senior Cup pennant after their victory over Portmarnock at Hermitage. Front (L-R) Alex Gleeson, Fintan Buckley (President, GUI), Daniel Holland. Back (L-R) Jim Pender, James Hamby, Jack Walsh, Peter McKeever, Conor Deegan, Ronan Burke, Jim Mulready and Harry Gleeson. Picture by Pat CashmanTeenagers Alex Gleeson, Jack Walsh and Dan Holland all won their matches to give Castle a 3-2 win over All Ireland champions Portmarnock at Hermitage and the first Senior Cup pennant in the club’s 99-year history.
Gleeson, soon to be named alongside the Island’s Gavin Moynihan in the Great Britain and Ireland Jack Leglise side to face the Continent of Europe at Portmarnock next month, beat James Fox 5 and 4 to level the match after Conor Deegan had lost to Geoff Lenehan on the 19th.
Jim Mulready lost to 2011 South of Ireland champion Stephen Walsh 2 and 1 but Castle took the last two matches to seal a memorable and long-awaited victory.
Walsh beat Michael Brett 3 and 2 before Holland saw off Carlow’s John Greene, another former South of Ireland champion, on the 16th.
Chartis sponsored Senior Cup - Leinster Finals at Hermitage Golf Club on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August
Quarter-finals: Castle bt Greystones 4/1; Malahide bt Ardee 3/2; Kilkenny bt Edenderry 3.5/1.5;Portmarnock bt NUI Maynooth 3.5/1.5
Semi-finals: Castle bt Malahide 4/1; Portmarnock bt Kilkenny 3/2
Final: Castle bt Portmarnock 3/2
(Castle names first)
Conor Deegan lost to Geoff Lenehan 19th Hole;
Alex Gleeson bt James Fox 5/4;
Jim Mulready lost to Stephen Walsh 2/1;
Jack Walsh bt Michael Brett 3/2;
Dan Holland bt John Greene 3/2.