ROSAPENNA ARE ULSTER CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to the Rosapenna Irish Mixed Foursomes team captained by Bernadette North & Peter Smyth who overcame a very strong Mannan Castle side 3-2 in the Ulster Final last Friday at Omagh Golf Club.
This is Rosapenna Golf Club’s first ever Ulster title since the club was formed in 1895.
On the day the first pairing of Dypnma Kelly & Enda Kennedy were involved in a tight tussle and were all square playing the long 14th which they won with bogey 5 and proceeded to half the Par 15th and win holes 16 & 17 with Pars to win 3&1 putting the first point on the board for Rosapenna.
The second pairing of Suzanne Gallagher & Con Boyce came up against possibly Mannan’s strongest pair losing 2&1.
In the third match Terri McBride & Frank Casey Jnr were all square after 10 holes and won the tricky 11th hole with a Par 4 and haved holes 12-16 and on the tough Par 3 17th Terri played a fantastic chip from pin high right to within an inch of the hole to secure a Par 3 to win the hole and the match 2&1 to secure our second full point.
In the fourth match Kit Boyce & Pat Boyce were 1 up playing 16 and lost the hole to a Par 4 and also lost the 17th to a Par 3 to go one down with one hole to play and the match finished in Mannan’s favour by just 1 hole.
With the tie now set at 2-2 the Rosapenna’s final pairing of Orla Mallon & Marty McDermott were 2 up on the 16th tee. They lost the 16th to a Par 4 and proceeded to the tight Par 3 17th with a slim one hole advantage in the deciding match.
Marty hit an 8 iron to the front edge from where Orla would cosy her birdie effort up to the hole for a Par 3 which halved the hole to remain 1 up with 1 hole to play.
On the 18th tee the drive from Mannan Castle stayed in bounds by just 6 inches and Orla spilt the fairway leaving Marty just a wedge which he hit to 12 feet directly behind the hole.
Orla again left her downhill putt to within a few feet and when Mannan’s pair could only manage a Par 4 Marty tapped in his two footer to send Rosapenna to the All Ireland Finals for the first time in our clubs 119 year history.
The All Ireland finals will take place at Clontarf Golf Club (Founded 1912: celebrating their centenary) this Thursday & Friday the 6th & 7th of September with Ulster (Rosapenna) vs Leinster (Rathfarnham) at 11.35am on Thursday the 6th in the semi final. Sponsored by the Spanish Tourist Board but started in 1972 as a competition between clubs in Connacht and Leinster, the Irish Mixed Foursomes has evolved into a National event, and is now in its 40th year as Ireland’s only Mixed event at adult level. With entries exceeding 325 clubs each year, there is immense competition within clubs to secure a place on the club Mixed team. Club panels generally include up to 12 men, and 12 women, all competing for a place on the ten-person team, made up of five pairings.
This means at the start of each season there are almost 8,000 men and women involved in the Irish Mixed Foursomes, hoping to reach the National Finals, staged in September each year separate from the other GUI cups & shield events.
Mr Mick Gallagher’s 2012 Presidents Prize took place last Saturday over the Old Tom Morris Links.
Keeping the prize within the family it was Mick’s son Pete who won 1st prize with a fine 40 pts bot in very stormy conditions. Runner up was Denis Boyce 11 with 40 pts. The gross prize was won by Mick Jnr with 29 gross pts.Third place was Patrick McGroddy 14 with 38 pts.
The seniors section was won by Joe Chambers 16 with 31 pts. The front nine winner was Kieran Gallagher 12 with 23 pts and the back nine winner was Eddie McGinley 16 with 22 pts bot.
The junior section was won by Hannah O’Kane with 1st in boys section going to Mick’s grandson Ronan Gallagher and 1st in girls section going to Helen O’Kane.
The Sunday club competition on the 2nd Sept held over the Old Tom Morris Links was won by Mickey Treanor 21 with 38 pts bot, runner up was Patrick McClafferty 11 with 38 pts.
Good luck to the Junior Scratch Matchplay team who take part in the county final first leg away to Letterkenny G.C this Wednesday the 5th of September at 3.30pm.
Travelling support would be welcome.
The St Andrews Cup will take place this Sunday the 9th and a club competition on Sunday the 16th & 23rd all over the Old Tom Morris Links.
The Starters Cup will take place on Sunday the 30th of September.
The Rosapenna Senior & Junior Scratch Cups will take place over both links this Saturday the 8th of September. Volunteers to ball spot on holes 1,2,5 & 6 are required for the first round on the Sandy Hills Links with the first tee time at 6.50am, anyone interested can contact the Pavilion Golf Shop.
The Senior field is again full of top Irish International players and will see the countries finest amateurs take on the two championship links at Rosapenna.
Both fields are now full with a waiting list in operation. Contact Frank Jnr for further details on 074-915-5000.
The Open Catherwood Mixed Foursomes will be played on Saturday the 29th of September over the Old Tom Morris Links.
Contact 074-915-5000 for tee times.
The Pavilion Restaurant is open Friday, Saturday & Sunday with our new menu served from 5.30-8.15pm.
Contact 074-915-5000 for reservations.
PGA Professional Noel Callan is available for lessons at the Rosapenna Practice Ground
by appointment, all enquires can be made by contacting Noel directly on 0044-7789-157654.
The Practice Ground is open seven days with the ball dispenser in operation and new super range golf balls in use.Tags: