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.
Find out all the details here:
We would also like to welcome our new Assistant Pro Caolan Smith. Caolan will be be assisting Brian in the Pro Shop. We would ask all members to welcome Caolan and allow him time to adjust to his new role.
May we also remind all members to remember to keep your social distance and adhere to all HSE guidelines while playing or entering the clubhouse.
Stay safe and enjoy your golf.