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Friday, September 05, 2008


The finals of the Miele All-Ireland Ladies four-ball championships get underway at Mount Juliet this weekend when 32 lady golfers tee off with high hopes of claiming a national pennant for their club.
The three-year sponsorship deal between the ILGU and Miele sees this year’s National Four-ball competition continue to grow from strength to strength with almost three thousand golfers from across the North, East, South and West taking part.
Eastern Region winners Donabate, having defeated Greystones in their Regional Final, will face Faithlegg, victors over Mallow in the Southern Finals. Faithlegg will be keen to continue their victorious run having already dashed the hopes of Limerick, East Cork, Borris and West Waterford. Donabate will field a vastly experienced team with none other than Irish legend Mary McKenna and Leinster Team Captain Pat Doran, who inspired the Province to victory in the Women’s Interprovincials last month, sure to shine for the seasiders.
Having dispatched Bangor in the Northern Finals, Cushendall will face a strongly fancied Galway team who ended Gort’s run in the Western decider on countback after both sides won two matches each.
Cushendall, making their first appearance in the national semi-finals, will look to Ameilia McKillop and Paddy Rea to lead their challenge while Galway have none other than past-Interprovincial player Sheelagh Kearney and current Connacht Seniors Champion Rita Grealish in their ranks.
ILGU Chief Executive, Sinéad Heraty has been encouraged by the level of competitiveness and comraderie displayed by the teams and players involved.
"Our partnership with Miele has offered an unprecedented opportunity for players across the country to participate in an inter-club four-ball and their commitment to the competition has been fuelled by unfailing support from fellow club members," she said.
Patrick McGrath, Chief Executive of Miele Ireland, concurred and expressed good-luck wishes to all semi-finalists in this year’s event.
Meanwhile, Mary Caulfield (Castlebar Golf Club) is August’s winner of the Miele Prize Draw after her Golfnet number was randomly drawn by the Irish Ladies Golf Union. Her prize entitles her to choose €2,000 worth of Miele Appliances at their extensive showrooms in Dublin.

Mount Juliet Golf Club,
September 13-14.

Semi-Finals: Saturday 13th September
13.30: Galway -v- Cushendall
14.10: Faithlegg -v- Donabate

Finals: Sunday 14th September
13.40: All-Ireland Final