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Thursday evening 1st September saw the last Nine and Dine for 2022. Blessed with the weather, some great golf was played with some fantastic scores returned.  Congratulations to all who picked up prizes.  We are extremely thankful to Glen for keeping our course in such spectacular condition, despite the drought.  Fifty six members and friends took part and the team event was followed by a very tasty main course served by Karl and his staff and we thank Karl for this.  We were truly spoilt with a great social occasion thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.  Sincere thanks to Teresa Flynn and Tom McHale for arranging this event and sponsoring the prizes. Both Teresa and Tom are long standing members of Castlewarden and are taking a well earned rest next year.  Thanks also to Andy Callanan for donating the "picky outs".

We look forward to 2023 when we will hopefully have such great occasions again.

The great odyssey that the Junior boys were on concluded at a very wet Portarlington Golf Club when they went down by the narrowest of margins and lost out on a coveted pennant by one hole. The Boys Junior Foursomes format is two foursome matches to be played over 18 holes with aggregate score determining the winner. Enormous credit must be afforded to the boys on a great effort. Our first pairing of Conor Brown (Junior Captain) and Eoghan Light got off to the worst possible start and found themselves 4 down after 4 holes due to a couple of three putts, a birdie by Esker on the 3 rd hole and a very unfortunate out of bounds at the 4 th hole after our ball hit a path and bounced a fraction out of bounds. The lads kept fighting and won their first hole on the 8 th to bring it back to 3 down. However, Esker birdied the 9 th to re-establish their 4 hole lead.

Meanwhile our second pairing of Cal Duggan and Jake Quinn also got off to a shaky start and were 2 down after 3. A great birdie on 5 got us back to 1 down only for Esker to win the 6 th . Back we came with a win on 7. The eight hole was halved in birdies and Esker won the 9 th to turn 2 up.

So it wasn’t looking promising as both matches entered the back nine. But our lads showed great fighting spirit and never let their heads drop. At this stage the rain started to fall and it got heavier and heavier.

Both of our pairings won the 11 th , one with a par, the other with a birdie. Second match got their match back to all square after 12. However they lost 13 and 14 to go back to 2 down. The top match were still 4 down after 14.

At this stage the incessant rain was causing surface water on the greens requiring the course staff to squeegee the greens.

Then things started to turn in our favour. Match 1 won the 15 th and a Golf Ireland official awarded Castlewarden the 16 th hole without having to complete it due to an infringement by Esker lads. Back to 2 down. Both pairings were on the 17 th green with their tee shots but Esker 3 putted to lose the hole. Now it’s 1 down with 1 to play.

In match 2 the 15 th and 16 th were halved but we won 17 to bring that match to 1 down.

So we needed both matches to win the 18 th hole to record what would have been a remarkable turnaround and bring the match to a sudden death playoff. In match 1 both pairings made par giving Esker a 1 hole win. In match 2 our lads made par to win the hole and half their match.

Overall result a 1 hole loss.

Our boys are to be highly commended on a great battling performance. They can be very proud of their achievements and they are a credit to Castlewarden.

A special word of thanks to the managers, Martin Barry and Joe Robinson

Des O’Neill (Captain)

Last  was a busy week for the Ladies.  We had Day 1 on Tuesday 5th July and Day 2 on Saturday 9th July.  A large number of ladies took part on both days, all contesting for the Lady Captains Prize to Full Members on both days and Lady Captains Prize to Five Day members on Tuesday.  Thankfully the weather behaved on both days with some fantastic golf being played with some great scores.  Prizegiving was on Saturday evening and many ladies enjoyed a bite to eat and a get together before and after.  Ladies admired the wonderful selection of Prizes, all from Dublin Crystal.  Congratulations to Lady Captain Siobhán and her Committee on putting together a great event which everyone enjoyed immensely. 

Congratulations to Deirdre Sheehy on winning the Lady Captains Prize and also to Babs O'Malley on winning the five day prize.  Well done to all prize winners.  Full details elsewhere on the website.

The Boys Junior Foursomes format is two foursome matches, one played at home and one played away. Matches to be played over 18 holes with aggregate score determining the winner.

A lovely sunny day greeted the teams for this semi-final encounter with a place in the coveted Leinster Central final at stake.

Our home pairing were Cal Duggan and Jake Quinn and away were Conor Brown and Eoghan Light. Preparations had gone well and the lads were ready for the battle ahead.

Home Match:

Athy were eager from the start to push home their lower handicap advantage and opted to play the power game so much so that they lost their ball on the 1 st hole and Castlewarden went 1 up. A great up and down from the bunker on 3 saw us establish a 2 hole lead in the match. Athy quickly responded following an errant tee shot on 4 by the home team and we went to the 5 th 1 up.

A great up and down on 6 saw us establish a 2 hole lead again. Athy put a ball out of bounds with their third shot on 8 and an errant tee shot by them on the ninth saw us establish a 4 hole lead at the turn.

Hole 10 … Buggygate: Jake Quinn’s tee shot struck the roof of our manager’s buggy and ended up in the wild flower area behind the green. Unfortunately we failed to get up and down following a penalty drop and we went to the 11 th 3 up. A cracking birdie on the 11 th got us back to 4 up and the push for home began.

Athy would win hole 12, 13 was halved and we regained our 4 up lead going to 15. A great shot from the fairway bunker to the green on 15 set up a win for Athy on that hole. With the match on the line the Athy 3 handicapper tried to cut off the corner on 16 but only succeeded in going out of bounds. Our lads got to the 16 th green safely in 2 and after Cal left the approach shot dead Athy conceded the match as the away match had gone in our favour.

Away Match:

After a slow start, losing the 1 st hole, Conor and Eoghan bounced back straight away winning the 3 rd , 4 th , 5 th and 6 th holes to grab a commanding 3 up lead through 6 holes. The lads struggled around the turn and were 1 up after 9. Some great course management by our lads saw us win the 10 th and put us back to 2 up. However a par on 11 and a birdie on 12 was enough for Athy to level the match. A great up and down from the bunker on the par 3 14 th got the lads back to 1 up and they never looked back winning 16 and 17 to finish the match on the 17 th .

A brilliant team effort by our lads on the day, with the official winning score of 7 up, has seen us reach our first Leinster Central final where we will meet Esker Hills. Match to be played by July 30 th at a neutral venue to be announced.

Our lads deserve as much support as possible as they seek to become champions. Stay tuned for details of the final venue and date.

Des O’Neill (Captain)

CASTLEWARDEN GOLF CLUB