Friday, the 13 th proved to be unlucky for our Junior Cup team who went down 3/2 to Tulfarris. It was a very close match that went down to the wire. Below is a summary of the matches, all played off scratch.
Game 1 at home. Eoghan Light
Our junior player, Eoghan, had a fantastic comeback win. After a very tight front nine Tulfarris forged ahead at the start of the back 9 and Eoghan found himself 3 down after 13. The fightback started with a win on 14 and 15. Eoghan tied the match by winning 16 and then went 1 up after 17. He closed out the match on the 18 th - a brilliant win.
Game 2 at home. Gavin Devereux
Tulfarris were quick out the blocks and Gavin found himself 3 down after 5. He stuck to the task and got the match to 1 down after 10. However Tulfarris won 11 and 12 to go back to 3 up and were dormie 3 until Gavin chipped in on 16 to bring it back to 2 down with 2 to play. Tulfarris hit a great tee shot close to the hole on 17 to close out the match. Great battling by Gavin.
Game 3 at home. Cal Duggan
Our second junior, Cal, was in great form and played some great golf. He was always in control of his match going 3 up early. He comfortably maintained his lead and closed out the match on 15. Great golf Cal.
Match 1 away: Alan Jones
Alan had a tough day and was well down in his match early on. Although he kept battling away he was beaten 7 and 6..
Match 2 away: Paul Finnegan
This proved to be the pivotal match. With the score 2 all the outcome of this match was decisive. Paul got off to a fantastic eagle, birdie, par start to establish a 2 up lead at the turn. Tulfarris won 11 and 12 to tie this match. They then won 14 to go 1 up and birdied 15 to go 2 up. They closed out the match on 16.
A big thank you to all those who came out to support the team. Well done to manager Mark and the panel for a great effort. Best wishes to Tulfarris who go on to meet The Heritage in the next round.
Des O’Neill (Captain)
So far late April / early May has been very busy.
We had our Mary McKenna team playing away to Portlaoise and come away with a very convincing win. Their next match is V Donabate GC. Details below.
Next was our Revive Fourball who despite playing the most amazing golf on the day lost to Baltinglass GC.
On Friday 6th May our Challenge Cup played against Castlecomer GC. This team had a convincing win despite it being the first interclub experience for some players. Their next match is V Enniscorthy. Details below.
Junior Foursomes battled it out against Blessington Lakes Golf Club and again came away with the win. Their next match is yet to be confirmed so watch this space!
We still have lots more interclub to play. We wish the Carton Cup, Boyne Cup, Intermediate, Minor and Mixed the very best for their upcoming first round matches. Details of confirmed matches below.
Carton Cup Saturday 14th May 4.00 p.m. in Beech Park
Mixed V Portlaoise Sunday 15th May 3.00 p.m. Home and Away
Boyne V Beech Park Tuesday 17th May 3.00 p.m. Home and Away
Intermediate V Edenderry Saturday 28th May 3.00 p.m. Home and 4.00 p.m. away
Minor V Kilkenny Sunday 29th May 2.30 p.m. Home and 3.00 p.m. away
Challenge V Enniscorthy Sunday 29th May 3.00 p.m. Home and Away
We are very grateful to all players, caddies, managers and our team Co-ordinator for their commitment to interclub teams. Please remember these dates as our Pink supporters are always welcome.
While all the interclub practice and matches were going on, we also had an a very successful away day to Blainroe. A number of ladies also went on to stay in Woodenbridge. Despite a late night a second day of golf was enjoyed by all. Congratulations to all those who picked up prizes over the two days. It was a most enjoyable social occasion and good to get away having missed such events for two years.
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)
Overall, a very tight encounter with all games home & away going to 17 th / 18 th . With almost calm conditions and a near perfect evening for golf Castlewarden was in super condition thanks to Glen & his team.
Game 1 at home. Gavin Condon & Peter Sinnott.
Very even pairs and never more than a hole between them all evening. A/S through 9 with eventually LS winning the 17 th with a very good sliding downhill putt to go 1 up. Our lads unfortunately couldn’t win 18 th so LS win this game 1up.
Game 2 at home. John Larkin & Paul McDonnell.
Not as tight an encounter as game 1 with LS always keeping ahead ----2 up after 9. John & Paul got match back to 1 down after 16 th but LS pair closed match out winning the 17 th and match 2 & 1.
Game 3 at home. Brendan McCann & Liam Cregan.
Our lads were in control more or less all through going 3 up after 9. Determined play by LS got them back to 1 down after 17 th showing as usual the fine margins in winning / losing. However solid play by CW on 18 th gave us a win in this game.
Game 1 away. Brian Roe & Gerry Galvin.
After a steady start by both teams the Lisheen team used their local knowledge of the greens and course to roar into a lead of 3 up after 1 0 holes. But the fighting spirit of the Castlewarden team took over and they fought back to level the match after 17 holes. Unfortunately they lost the 18 th to a par.
Game 2 away. John Sheedy & Terry Creely.
Our lads were once again 3 down at the turn . They got it back to 1 down after 15 but Lisheen chipped in from the side of the hill to birdie 16 to go dormie 2 after we all thought this game could go level going up 17. So, a bit shocked and stunned they went on to the next hole which was conceded.
Overall, a team defeat in a very close encounter but we will fight another day.
Once again well done lads. A big thank you for representing Castlewarden and we the committee will hope to see you next year or even on some of the other teams this year.
For all other teams that go out to represent the club in the next few weeks a message:
It just goes to show you that even at 3 down you can still get back in the game and give yourselves a chance to get that win which, as everybody knows, is not an easy thing to do.
Best of luck to all Castlewarden teams in the upcoming matches over the next few weeks.
John Beirne & Tony Macari.
The JB Carr team kicked off the knock out stages of inter-club matches on April 29th with an away match (all 5 matches) against Craddockstown and had a great win. JB Carr is Scotch Foursomes for members over 60 years of age.
The first match featured Peter Sinnott and Tommy Meredith who was making his debut in inter-club competition and took to it like duck to water! They raced ahead with some great golf (pars and birdies) and secured a 5 and 4 win.
Next up was Michael Kiernan and Larry Jordan who came up against a very strong pairing, one of whom had a handicap index of 4.6. Craddockstown won this match by a 5 and 4 margin.
Third match out for Castlewarden had Paul Whelan and another debutant to the inter-club scene, Vincent Kirby. This was a very tight match with Craddockstown eventually prevailing 3 and 2. We were now 2-1 down with two matches to play. Fourth match, Tony Clarke and Kieran Macklin, raced into a commanding lead of 5 up after 7 but were pegged back to be 2 up with two to play. Anchor match had John Beirne and Peter Charles together and they were 2 down with three to play. Tony and Kieran couldn’t secure the vital halve over the last two holes so that match went down the 19th. A great chip in for birdie from John on the 16th and a good win on the 17th brought their match all square going down the last. Peter just missed a par putt to win that hole so this match also went down the 19th. Tony and Kieran secured the win with some steady play on the 19th. A great second shot by Peter put Craddockstown under pressure and they pulled their third shot, to the par 5, left and it trickled down to the water edge. John hit a fine third shot to the centre of the green. Craddockstown failed twice to reach the green from a very difficult position with the ball eventually going into the water. Handshakes all around! So, great fighting spirit shown by Castlewarden and we await the winners of Palmerstown House vs The Royal Curragh in the next round where all 5 matches will be played in Castlewarden.
Well done TEAM!
Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come for all our inter-club teams this year.
The takeway from this match is never give up, keep battling until the very end!
Des O’Neill (Captain)
Clodagh Walsh with her Carlow Scratch Cup trophy.
Junior team of Eoghan Light, Cal Duggan, Conor Browne & Jake Quinn won the prestigious Jimmy Hackett Trophy in Newlands Golf Club recently. Winning team pictured with manager Martin Barry.
The interclub games are upon us and below is a summary of dates for matches thus far;
Apr 29th…JB Carr
May 5th…Duggan Cup
May 7th (or 8th)…Senior Cup
May 13th…Junior Cup
May 15th…Mixed Foursomes
May 21st…Pierce Purcell
Dates for Barton Shield, Barton Cup, Jimmy Bruen & 2 Junior comps still to be finalised.
Super Seniors beat Hermitage 3...2 last week in Castlewarden.
Please note the dates and support your fellow members in these events.
Updates to follow on remaining fixtures and of course results will be posted as they come to hand.
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