WATCH: Limerick End 43 Year Wait To Win Barton Shield

Limerick ended a 43 year wait to claim the AIG Barton Shield today and remain on course following a comprehensive seven hole win over Sligo at a windswept Westport.

Limerick win the AIG Barton Shield at Westport

Limerick won the AIG Ireland Barton Shield at Westport Golf Club on Friday – their first win in the event in 43 year.

Posted by Golfing Union of Ireland on Friday, September 20, 2019

Limerick overcame Warrenpoint in the semi final with a two hole win while Sligo had a comfortable seven hole win over Dundalk. Captain Juan Fitzgerald made the brave decision to drop Justin Kehoe for the final as the wind picked up to over 30mph.

The victorious Limerick Golf Club team. Photo Credit Golf Union of Ireland

The gamble payed off as replacement Sean Enwright paired up with Owen O’Brien to claim a hard fought one hole win over Campbell & Ryan Gribben in the morning.

Enwright and O’Brien won’t on to claim a two-hole win over brothers TJ and Daniel Ford with O’Brien’s 25-footer at the 15th just dropping to seal the win.

However the real damage was dished out by Michael Reddan & Ciaran Vaughan who stormed to a 5 hole victory over Ruairi O’Connor and Thomas Finnegan.

AIG Cups & Shields All-Ireland Finals

Westport Golf Club

20-22 September 2019

Friday 20th September

AIG Barton Shield Semi-Finals

Limerick bt Warrenpoint 2 holes

Ciaran Vaughan & Michael Reddan bt Paul Reavey & Rian Carvill 1 hole; Owen O’Brien & Justin Kehoe bt Colm Campbell & Ryan Gribben 1 hole

Dundalk lost to Co Sligo 7 holes

Josh Mackin & Aaron Grant lost to Ruairi O’Connor & Thomas Finnegan 7 holes; Caolan Rafferty & Eoin Murphy halved with TJ Ford & Daniel Ford

AIG Barton Shield Final

Limerick bt Co Sligo 7 holes

Ciaran Vaughan & Michael Reddan bt Ruairi O’Connor & Thomas Finnegan 5 holes; Owen O’Brien & Sean Enright bt TJ Ford and Daniel Ford 2 holes

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Raffaele Rocca