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A fantastic win by our Senior Cup team against Rathsallagh yesterday (Sunday 8 th May). Below is a summary of the matches, all played off scratch and featuring our elite players.

Game 1 at home. Mark Whelan

The player manager was in great form and had a very easy win over his opponent with the match finishing on the 11 th hole.

Game 2 at home. Luke Minogue

Luke was in trouble early on and found himself 3 down after 4. Then Captain Des arrived on the scene and that obviously inspired him! With birdie on the 5 th , par on 6 th and 7 th , he got back to all square. He continued his fine form to win 8, 9 and 10 to go 3 up. Luke eventually closed out the match on the 16 th .

Match 1 away. Paul Finnegan

Team was led off by Paul Finnegan who set the tone for the rest of the team by winning the first hole easily. Paul was never behind in the match & his fighting spirit was optimised by a great up & down on the par 5 seventh for a half following a visit to the penalty area. Match was called in on the 18th green.

Match 2. Cal Duggan

16 year old Cal Duggan made his Senior Cup debut in Match 2. The nerves on the first tee showed a little when he almost found the water with the opening tee shot. He would go on to lose the hole but it would be the only time he would be behind, as his superior wedge play got him back into contention quickly. Once ahead, he never looked back & closed out his match on the 16th for a 3 & 2 win.

Match 3. Kevin Robinson

Kevin Robinson was our anchor man & went ahead early in the match. Although he would admit himself that he didn't have his A game with him on the day, his opponent was having to hole out from distance for eagle & birdies just to stay in touch. He closed out the match on 16 to complete a great day for Castlewarden.

Official score was 4.5/0.5

We now meet The Heritage in the next round with 3 at home and 2 away. Match to be played by May 29 th .

Next inter-club match is this coming Friday (May 13 th ) when the Junior Cup team play Tulfarris, 3 home/2 away. Match in Castlewarden starts at 4.30pm. All support will be welcome.

Des O’Neill (Captain)