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On Saturday, June 25 th , a strong wind was blowing across the golf course as Castlewarden and Edmonstown set out to do battle in this singles format competition. In an unusual situation the 4 home matches commenced at 3.15pm, while the 3 away matches didn’t start until 5.00 pm. For long periods of the home match there was positive signs that our lads would establish a good lead, however, the match score eventually finished 2-2. So, it was straight into the cars and down to Edmonstown to see if we could secure the two away wins needed. All the matches were on the back nine at that stage and it was not looking good as we were behind in all matches. However, the lads battled hard and won the first away match. The second match was lost leaving the score at 3-3 and it all came down to the last match. A great battling performance from 4 down after 12 to bring it to 1 down after 15 had us all on the “edge of our seats” but unfortunately Edmonstown held on to half the remaining holes to secure a 1 up win for them and seal the match on a 4-3 scoreline.

Below is a brief summary of each match.

Match 1 at home.

Ciaran Dunne. After going 1 down early on in the match Ciaran played some great golf, notably a great birdie on 7, he nearly holed his second shot, to turn 2 up after 9. He held this 2 up advantage thru’ 15 but lost 16 after going out of bounds with his second shot. A loss on 17 brought the match all square and two fine pars by both players on 18 resulted in the match going down the 19 th . With the strong wind against this hole was playing tough and both players were about 160 yds out playing their third shot. Unfortunately, Ciaran’s third shot went out of bounds. Edmonstown’s third shot found the front right greenside bunker but a very good bunker shot sealed the match for Edmonstown. A tough loss for Ciaran but that’s golf!

Match 2 at home. Jake Quinn

Jake had great support from his fellow juniors who came out to follow him. A topsy turvey match with very few holes halved over the first 13 holes. From being 2 down after 9, Jake levelled the match after 13. Jake’s third shot into a tight pin on the back right of the 16 th green went just out of bounds to go 2 down after 16. Edmonstown closed out the match on the 17 th .

Match 3 at home: Alan O’Hara

Alan’s driving was a sight to behold. He was hitting the ball outrageous distances and quickly established a 3 up lead after the front 9. This became 4 up after 10 and he powered his way to a comfortable 6 and 4 win.

Match 4 at home: Paul Whelan

Paul was always in control of this match. He extended his 1 up lead after 3 with wins on 4 and 5 . Another win on the front 9 had him 4 up at the turn. After 12 holes Paul was 5 up but had to wait until the 16 th to close out the match.

Match 1 away. Dave McDonagh.

Dave was 1 down after 5, got it back to a/s after 6 but lost 2 of the next 3 holes to turn 2 down. A win on 10 brought it back to 1 down but he went 2 down after 14. Dave, as always, was unfazed and kept calm to square the match thru 17. A great win on 18 secured a fantastic away win.

Match 2 away. Nicky McCann

Nicky got off to a rocky start and found himself 5 down after 6. He settled down and brought the match back to 2 down after 10. Losses on 12 and 13 left him with an impossible task, losing the match 4 and 3.

Match 3 away: Damian Mooney

Damian was making his debut for Castlewarden. He found himself 4 down early in the match and this was the state of play after 9 holes. Then we had back nine drama. After winning 11 a loss on 12 still had Damian 4 down. A hat trick of wins followed on the next three holes to bring the match back to 1 down after 15. Another win eluded him over the final 3 holes enabling Edmonstown to hold on for a 1 up win.

A super team effort, going down by the narrowest of margins. Well done to all the team and a big thank you to management team of Keith, Luke and Kevin and all the supporters who came out to cheer on the team.

Des O’Neill (Captain)

CASTLEWARDEN GOLF CLUB