This match was played on Wednesday, June 15 th with 2 home and 3 away matches. It was a beautiful late afternoon/ early evening for golf and Castlewarden was in fantastic condition for this quarter final encounter. We had to utilise our full panel of players as three of the panel were unavailable for various reasons. At one stage in the match we were down in four of the matches and all square in the other match so it wasn’t looking promising. However the players showed their battling qualities and put in a tremendous effort against a very good Tullamore team and pushed them all the way before eventually going down on a 3/2 scoreline. Below is a summary of the matches.
Game 1 at home. Mark Whelan.
The player manager had to have his “A” game to overcome his opponent. It took birdies to win holes and in some cases just to halve a hole. Mark turned 2 up and lost a hole early on the back 9. He held a 1 up lead for the remainder of the back 9, and closed out the match on 17. The quality of golf on display from both players was fantastic – Mark’s putting was excellent and he had only 24 putts in the 17 holes played.
Game 2 at home. Luke Minogue
Luke had Keith White on his bag for this match. Luke’s fantastic iron play kept him in the match over the front 9 as his driver was misbehaving. After turning 2 down, Luke lost the 10 th , won the 11 th and lost 12 and 13 to go 4 down. But he never gave in and won 14 and 15 to bring the match back to 2 down with 3 to play. Both players were short in two shots on 16. Luke was first to go and his pitch just ran through the green with the pin on the back. His opponent was 46 yds out and unbelievably he holed his pitch shot for birdie to close out the match.
Match 1 away: Kevin Robinson
Kevin got off to a horrendous start and was 5 down after 6 holes and then 6 down after 10. Incredibly he turned this match around and with some great birdies (4 in an 8 hole stretch) got the match back to 1 down playing the 18 th . He duly won the 18 th and then birdied the 19 th for a tremendous win. A Lazarus moment indeed !!
Match 2: Paul Finnegan
It was a tough ask for Paul who was pitted against, what the Tullamore Captain indicated was their strongest player. Paul played some good golf but his opponent was on a different level and won the match comfortably.
Match 3. Eoghan Light:
Eoghan found himself playing against an under 16 Irish international player who plays off plus 1. Similar to Paul , this was a very hard match for Eoghan and while he played well his opponent played to his handicap and also won comfortably.
Tullamore have a very strong team and progress to a semi-final meeting against the winners of Naas vs Millicent. We wish them well.
Well done to our Senior Cup panel who had a great run in this competition. We certainly have a pool of elite players in Castlewarden to compete in this competition and I’m sure they will be back next year for another run.
Des O’Neill (Captain)