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Thursday 26th May Mary McKenna Trophy V Donabate

The second round of the Mary McKenna took  place in Donabate Golf Club. Five pairs played scotch foursomes format under the leadership of Breda Sheedy and Deirdre Sheehy.  With all five matches away this was never going to be easy.  Despite a very strong team with most matches going to the 17th and 18th holes it was not to be for Castlewarden.  However, there was some great golf played, the ladies enjoyed the day and got to meet Mary McKenna, founder of this most popular competition.

Saturday 28th May Intermediate V Edenderry

A very tight match for a very strong team under the leadership of Janice Fleming.  With two matches at home and three away again it was a difficult task.  Matches went on to the 20th an 21st holes in some cases so it was a nail biting fight for all involved.  Thankfully Castlewarden didn’t give up and kept the fight up winning 3/2.  Next opponent if Gowran Park.  Details to follow.

Sunday 29th May Minor V Kilkenny

Another very tight match, led by Susan Hart, which unfortunately didn’t go our way.  Kilkenny had home advantage which of course is always a huge benefit.  The ladies fought hard and played some excellent golf but local knowledge won out in the end. 

Sunday 29th Challenge V Enniscorthy

A very good match with some very brave players, many playing inter club for the first time. The ladies, under the leadership Róisín Harpur battled on and won two away matches, one at home and the other match was called in. It was a great victory for team. Next match is V Mount Juliet on Sunday 19th June at 3.30 p.m.

The ladies committee would like to acknowledge the commitment of players, caddies, managers, assistant managers, supporters and our team co-ordinator Emer O'Flaherty  their input and dedication to Inter Club.


Jimmy Bruen Shield:

This foursomes match was against Blessington Lakes, with 3 home and 2 away matches.

Our junior pairing of Cal Duggan and Jake Quinn were first out and were absolutely flying over the front 9 establishing what we all thought was an unassailable 7 up lead after 9. But the back nine proved to be a different story as the Blessington Lakes pairing dug in and chipped away at the lead. Despite being dormie 3 down the opposition never gave up. Momentum was with them and after a great par on 16 to win the hole and an even better birdie on 17, it was down the 18 with Cal and Jake 1 up. A short drive by Blessington Lakes put them under pressure, knowing they had to win the hole, which resulted in them putting their second shot out of bounds. A relieved Cal and Jake shook hands with the opposition before they reached the green to record a 2 up win. Phew!!

Thankfully, there wasn’t the same drama with the other two matches

Conor Dunne and Shea Phelan were out in match 2 and were 4 up after 9. Despite losing a ball on the tenth from the drive they managed a half on that hole and were always in control of that match winning on the 16 th .

Last up at home was Keith White, no doubt buoyed by managing the Metro team to victory, playing with Dave McDonagh. It was a very comfortable afternoon for Keith and Dave, playing some really good golf they turned 5 up after 9 and had a chance to close out the match on 12. They lost 13 to a birdie but finished the match on 14.

First away pairing was Peter Sinnott and Stephen O’Brien. They went all the way to the `17 th before losing a tight match.

Another of our juniors, Eoghan Light, partnered Damien Birmingham in the final away match. A very close game which could not be separated. Match was all square after 18 and as the overall result had been decided there was no need to go down the 19 th . Match halved.

Next up for the Jimmy Bruen team is a match against near neighbours Palmerstown House, to be played by June 12 th .

A magnificent week-end for our inter- club teams with our Juniors advancing to the Quarter finals in the junior foursome competition after their 12 hole victory against Millicent on Saturday followed by the ladies winning their Intermediate Cup match against Edenderry. 7 matches played with 6 wins! The month of June is going to be busy as our inter-club teams advance in a number of competitions.

Pierce Purcell vs Portlaoise is next Saturday, June 5 th @ 3.00 pm

Jimmy Bruen vs Palmerstown House by June 12 th

Senior Cup vs Tullamore by June 19 th

Metro vs Edmonstown by June 26 th

Junior Foursome vs winners of Gowran Park vs Waterford by June 26 th .

It would be great to see more members coming out to support the various teams as they strife to advance further in their respective competitions.

Des O’Neill (Captain)

Last week we had Super Sunday in the premier league football but this Sunday we had Scintillating Sunday in Castlewarden. The course was in absolutely magnificent condition as three of our men’s inter club teams and two of our ladies inter club teams took to the fairways. And what a magnificent performance the teams put in, almost gaining a “clean sweep” of victories, winning 4 of the 5 matches. Not forgetting those who played away from home and who contributed massively to a great day for Castlewarden. In the men’s matches the home players recorded a fantastic 9 out of 9 wins. Below is a brief summary of the different men’s competitions:

Metropolitan Trophy:

This match was against Lisheen Springs, with 3 home and 4 away matches. At home Ciaran Dunne got proceedings under way. His putter was hot, hot as he raced into a 4 up lead after 9. Ciaran continued his great play and closed out the match with a 7 and 6 victory.

Next up at home was Nicky McCann and Nicky’s short game was on fire. This was a very tight match over the front 9 with no more than 1 hole in it. Nicky turned 1 up and increased his lead to 3 up after 12 and maintained that lead to win 3 and 2.

Paul Whelan was our anchor man at home and was bombing drives for fun down the fairways. He established an early lead, turning 2 up at the turn and was always in control of his match, winning by a 3 and 2 margin.

The first match away featured Alan O’Hara and he was in unstoppable form going 5 up after 9 and recorded an easy victory that secured the match for Castlewarden. Don Thompson, fresh from his hole in one on Saturday at the 13 th in Castlewarden, also won his match away. Niall Galvin and Michael Merriman were our other two away players.

The Metro team now go on to play Edmonstown in the next round, to be played by June 26 th .

Senior Cup :

This was a second round match against The Heritage, with 3 home and 2 away matches. Player manager, Mark Whelan led from the front and was dominant, winning the first 5 holes. A great birdie on 10 had Mark 7 up and he closed out the match on the 11 th with a resounding 8 and 7 win.

Kevin Robinson was also in brilliant form and was dropping in birdies all over the place, he had 4 birdies on the front 9 to turn 4 up. Another birdie followed on the 10 th and when The Heritage found water on the 13 th it was the end of the match, Kevin winning 6 and 5.

Vincent Keogh was third man out at home and he was also in great form. With wins on 6 and 7 he established a 2 up lead. Solid play over the next 6 holes with a super tee shot on 13 that resulted in a conceded birdie had Vincent dormie 5 and he duly closed out the match on the 14 th with a 5 and 4 victory.

Conor Galvin and Luke Minogue were our two away representatives. Luke was beaten and Conor was 1 up playing the 18 th when the match was called in. A great win by the Senior Cup team who are now in the quarter final of Leinster Central where they will meet Tullamore. Match to be played by June 19 th.

The Pierce Purcell team kicked off a very busy weekend, on Saturday afternoon, for the men’s members on the inter-club scene. Managers, Keith White and Luke Minogue, assembled a team with a mixture of seasoned campaigners and debutants (4 in total) and they gelled very well together to record a fine win with an official score line of 3.5/1.5. Below is a brief summary of the matches:

Match 1 home: Paul Birchall & Marc Corcoran.

A new pairing took a while to get going with The Heritage taking an early lead and turned 2 up at the turn. Paul and Marc (making his debut) then took charge on the back nine, levelling the match after 12. They went ahead for the first time in the match by winning the 13 th but were pegged back to all square after 16. Showing nerves of steel they won the 17 th and closed out the match on the 18 th .

Match 2 home: Keith Barnes & Richy Quinn.

Keith and Richy (making his debut) took an early lead and did not loss the honour until the 14 th hole during which they were 4 up after 10. They comfortably won the match on the 15 th with a 4 and 3 win. An inspired pairing by the managers!

Match 3: home: Dave McDonagh & Pat McGrath.

The golf in this match was of a very high standard. The Heritage holed their second shot on 3 from 160+ yards for eagle to go 1up. Dave and Pat (making his debut) quickly erased that deficit and went 1 up after 5. They maintained that 1 up lead at the turn, after halving the 8 th in birdies. They then won 12 and 13 to go 3 up and kept that advantage to be dormie 3. Match was won on the 16 th with a 3/2 win.

Match 1 away: John Beirne & Jay Mulligan.

Another pairing of a seasoned campaigner, John, with a debutant, Jay. This proved to be a tough outing for John and Jay. A very even match in the early stages with Castlewarden going 1 up after 4. However, a very capable pair from The Heritage with great play and superb putting skills (and some good luck) gained the upper hand and went 4 up after the 9 th . Despite CW lads’ best efforts, they were unable to get the match back and lost this game to two very strong golfers.

Match 2 away: Brian O’Driscoll & Ian Bolger.

Brian and Ian went 1 up after 2 nd and gained on their lead to go 4 up after 9. Nip & tuck through 10 th – 14 th with some good play by The Heritage pair brought the game back to 2 down on the 15 th with a difficult and excellent 20-yard putt to 6 inches winning this par 3 with a par. However, our lads were in control on 16 th when match was called in following our three home wins!!!!!!!.

A great win for the Pierce Purcell team who now go on to play Portlaoise in the next round which has to be played by June 5 th