Leinster Women’s Junior Championship (Duggan Cup) finalist – Leonie Colgan

It was a great weekend. The ILGU, players, and spectators were full of praise for Newlands – our members, our Clubhouse, and most especially our course.

And to top our great weekend, we had performances on the course worthy of note:-

After 36 qualifying holes, Esme Murphy qualified for the match play stages of the Leinster Women’s Championship where she had a fantastic win over Michelle Cheung from Hong Kong. She was eventually beaten by Elisa Corcoran from Grange in the quarter finals but our congratulations to Esme on a great performance, and on her deserved best nett winning score from the qualifiers.

Seven Newlands players came through a tough first round of the Leinster Women’s Junior Championship (Duggan Cup) to qualify for the matchplay stages of this competition – Eva Coughlan, AnnMarie Lawley, Neasa McKiernan, Ger Lynch, Grainne Friel and Leonie Colgan. While there was disappointment on the 18th and 19th holes for some of our players, Leonie Colgan, playing superb golf, gave the home supporters plenty to cheer about by winning her way through three rounds of matchplay to reach the final on Sunday afternoon.

We had hopes that Leonie would emulate the feat of Masie O’Callaghan from Newlands, who in 1962 was the winner of the Duggan Cup and whose name is proudly engraved on the current trophy. As rain clouds gathered, so too did the supporters, and it was great to see Ray Colgan looking well, and back on the course to support his daughter. But alas, it was not to be, and Ellen Lawlor from Naas GC, took the Duggan Cup home with her.

Others who featured in the Duggan Cup winning enclosure over the over the weekend included Ger Lynch (2nd nett qualifier), Neasa McKiernan (3rd nett qualifier).

Well done Leonie on getting to the final, well-done to all the competitors who competed so well, and well-done Newlands Golf Club for your part in hosting a great championship.

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