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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

On Sunday, May 22 nd we met our near neighbours, Killeen, in a keenly contested match. With three home matches there was high hopes that Castlewarden would triumph and have local bragging rights but, alas, it was not to be as Killeen won a crucial away match in addition to their two home matches, with the official score being 3.5/1.5 to Killeen. The match was played in a very sportsmanlike fashion, as it should be. Congratulations to Killeen who now go on to play another near neighbour, Beech Park, in the next round. Below is a brief summary of the matches:

Match 1 home: Cal Duggan & Jake Quinn

Our junior pairing got proceedings underway and found themselves 2 down early in the match. Undaunted with being 2 down after 7 they calmly fought back to level the match at the turn. They got their noses in front early in the back 9 and never relinquished the lead. They were dormie playing the 16 th and closed out the match 3/2. A great performance by Cal and Jake.

Match 2 home: Luke Minogue and Aaron Devereux.

This turned out to be the key match in the contest. After being 2 down early in the match, Luke and Gavin restored parity after 7 holes, but then lost 8 and 9 to turn 2 down. A further loss on 12 had them in trouble but their battling qualities shone through as they clawed their way back into the match and with wins on 16 and 17 they got back to all square. Now it was all to play for on the last hole but in fairness to the Killeen pair they played the 18 th very well to win the match by the slimmest of margins.

Match 3: home: Jody Reid & Ray Thompson.

This was a very even match with Jody and Ray always out in front albeit by the narrowest of margins. Match on the front 9 flip flopped from 1 up to all square. Jody and Ray re-established a 1 up lead after 12 and got to 2 up after 16. They had just lost 17 when the match was called in.

Match 1 away: Conor Galvin & Paul Birchall.

This was a very close encounter throughout. Castlewarden took an early lead only to be pegged back almost immediately. Finding themselves behind at the turn, Conor and Paul played some really good golf trying to level the game. However, their opponents got up and down from bunkers on numerous occasions to retain their slender lead and closed the game out on 17.

Match 2 away: Gavin Devereux & Shea Phelan.

A positive start from this pairing saw Gavin and Shea gain a quick advantage. They were unlucky not to increase their lead over the following few holes. The Killeen pair held tough and managed to go ahead winning holes 8 and 9. From there, they pushed on playing some superb golf never allowing our pair any foothold in the match. A tough game for our lads. A huge effort was put in by managers Andy Callanan and Brian Devereux and a strong panel of players who turned up for numerous practice sessions. The preparation could not be faulted. Many thanks to the managers and squad for their commitment.

Also a special thanks to the many members who came out to support the team.

Des O’Neill (Captain)

Congratulations to Emer O'Flaherty who had a Hole in One on the second hole in Donabate GC Red Course today.  Emer was on a practice round for the Mary McKenna with seven other ladies from Castlewarden.  All enjoyed a great days practice.  The match takes place in Donabate next Thursday 26th.  All supporters welcome.  Best of luck to the team.  Lets hope we can produce more good golf next week.
CASTLEWARDEN GOLF CLUB