Historic Junior Cup win for Rathfarnham ladies

RATHFARNHAM Golf Club finally captured an All-Ireland pennant at any level for the first time in their 119-year history after their ladies beat East Cork in the AIG Junior Cup Final in Knightsbrook Hotel and Golf Resort last Saturday.

In what was a very convincing performance by the team in the decider, Carol Loftus clinched the winning point on the 18th green after Lynda Keartland and Pamela Cassidy had carded early victories.

Rathfarnham GC2

Loftus, who was two up with three holes to play, produced a nerveless finish to secure a two-match victory - the first for an East Leinster outfit since Dublin City won the Junior Cup in 2009.

It completed a fantastic campaign for the team that started back in April when they beat Dun Laoghaire in the opening round in Powerscourt.

Between then and the provincial decider, the team despatched the K Club, Stackstown, Dundalk and Naas after which they beat Elm Park in the East Leinster Final.

That paved their way for a clash with Moate in last Friday’s All-Ireland semi before they saw off East Cork 3.5 to 1.5 in the final.

Ladies golf in Rathfarn-ham has enjoyed a strong growth in recent years.

Indeed, the club saw two of their teams reach provincial semi finals last year and this year, on top of their Junior Cup success, they also won the Bloom Trophy in Edmonstown.

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