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Brilliant Breda Back to Best

Article Added: 2012/06/12

Breda Lonergan (Tipperary Hills) once again proved to the Master of Munster as she destroyed her opponents in the Munster Senior Ladies Matchplay that was at Tipperary Hills recently. Lonergan who last won this event back in 2010 was in devastating form on the day and she now has once again proved that she is one of the best ever players to play the game. Her game with Martha O’Brien (Lakeside) was of a very high standard and one has to think, they are going to have a lot of duels as the years go on. It really was the master against the apprentice and on this occasion the master prevailed in what was an outstanding match. Breda’s pitching was inspirational as she proved time after time when under pressure. Her win against Martha set up a Semi Final tie against Patricia Murphy (The Ranges). Lonergan proved far too strong for her rebel opponent and set up the final that all the locals wanted to see. Breda Lonergan v Eleanor Walsh (Fermoy).

I remember being a very young boy when I first saw these two players locking horns in the Munster Ladies Matchplay back in 1988 when the championship was held at Lakeside. It was an epic back then and 24 years later these two players are still very much at the top of the ladies game but more importantly in my eyes their rivalry is still as intense as ever. Great friends off the course and great rivalries on it is a great ingredient for any match and the crowds that followed this match really were in for a treat.
Lonergan started well and traded birdies with Walsh over the opening 9 holes but it was to be the back 9 holes and opening 9 holes of the next round where she was to stamp her full authority on this match. Lonergan was simply devastating as she reeled in 10 birdies in 18 holes and when you consider that this is a final where the pressure and the tension is at it’s maximum, this really was inspiring to witness. Walsh simply had no answer to the brilliant Lonergan and when they reached the 14th hole on their second round, it was here to Lonergan was land the final blow and win the match on a scoreline of 5&4. Eleanor as always was very gracious in defeat and congratulated her great friend on yet another Munster success. Lonergan has been a fantastic player over the years and what an achievement it was for her to win on her home course, 30 years after her maiden win in Riverdale, an absolutely unbelievable statistic.

Breda was a very popular winner amongst the Tipperary Town faithful and she now will look forward to trying to add to this success as the year prevails. Undoubtedly she will want major success and the National Strokeplay at Ierne in July could well be her calling.

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