Rosapenna and Ballyliffen golf clubs through to decider

Donegal Senior Matchplay Championship

Diarmaid Doherty

Reporter:

Diarmaid Doherty

Rosapenna and  Ballyliffen golf clubs through to decider

Oliver Plunkett (Donegal) and Cian O’Fearraigh (Gweedore)

Rosapenna defeated Dunfanaghy in a high quality Semi Final of the Donegal Senior Matchplay Championship.

Meanwhile Ballyliffen came back from the dead to defeat the reigning champions Buncrana in a tense but sporting second Semi Final.

In the first Semi Final Enda Kennedy came back from three down with three to play to look like winning on the 21st hole where he hit an exquisite punched seven iron to within eight feet of the flag against Niall Carroll who played beautifully all day and can consider himself very unlucky not to have won in ordinary time.

The resurgent Con Boyce won his match followed by further wins from Donal Boyle and Frank Casey to put Rospenna through before Enda got to take his putt on the 21st hole. Dunfanaghy Team Captain John Hannah salvaged a win for Dunfanaghy at the tail end by overcoming Marty McDermott. It would seem Shaun Boyce’s side will be hard to beat in the final.

In the bottom half defending title holders Buncrana looked comfortable early on with wins from the extremely promising Jack Duffy and Christie McCallion. But Ballyliffen countered with wins from Paul Doherty and the big hitting Paul Van Dessell and so it came down to the final match between Seamus Doherty and Fiachra O’Flaherty.

Seamus Doherty father of teammate Paul Doherty steadied himself to finish par Birdie Par Birdie in a spell of scintillating golf to overcome a valiant opponent and end Buncrana’s dream of capturing the title for the 2nd year in a row.

The final now takes place at the Rosapenna Golf Resort next Saturday 2nd October and promises to be a thrilling encounter.

In the Junior Matchplay Competition Strabane proved to be too strong for Rosapenna and Gweedore edged out Donegal Golf Club to set up a final between Strabane and Gweedore also next Saturday at Rosapenna.

Thanks are extended by the Donegal Golf Committee to the Rosapenna Resort for the extremely professional way they hosted the event in particular brothers Frank & John Casey and the starter Joseph McHugh. Club Captain Brian Corry and President Hugh McBride were also present and offered a warm welcome to all.

Despite the forecast it was also a beautiful day.