Carrick Golf Club All Ireland 4Ball Connacht Champions 2016
The Carrick on Shannon Golf Club All Ireland 4Ball Connacht Champions 2016 Back Row L/R Peadar Griffin, Ollie Curran, James Connors, Colm Griffin, Gerry McDermott, Seamus Sweeney & Declan Loftus. Front Row L/R Padraig MacShera, John Moffatt, Damien Duignan Club Captain, Sean Gilmartin Team Captain & Kevin Ward
Carrick On Shannon Golf Club won their third Cecil Ewing trophy and the inaugural All Ireland 4Ball Inter Club Connacht Title by defeating Ballinasloe 7-3 in the final, which was played over two legs, the second leg in Ballinasloe on Saturday last 23 July. Leading 4-1 from the first leg the Carrick lads travelled to Ballinasloe full of confidence, but after 4 holes that confidence was well dented with a reversal of the home score looking likely as Carrick were down in 4 matches and up in one. As the matches progressed the North Zone winners eased their way into the game and by the turn things were looking brighter. Peadar Griffin & Oliver Curran who were first out had reduced their deficit to one hole, Gerry McDermott & Seamus Sweeney were up against it three down, Padraig MacShera & James Connors who were up from early on increased their lead to three, John Moffatt & Declan Loftus who had a bad start worked their way well into the round and by the turn it looked like there was only going to be one winner. Kevin Ward & Colm Griffin who also had a bad start and were three down through 4 holes, scrambled well on 5 & 6 to stay in the match and got it to one down at the turn, won holes 12, 13 & 14 to go two up and wrapped it up on 16 winning 3/2. Curran & Griffin lost 11 & 12 to go three down but battled on to level the match on the 17th to take it up 18 only to loose on 18 one down. McDermott & Sweeney were up against an inform Mark Kelly and couldn’t get a foot hold in the game they lost 5/4. MacShera & Connors who led from early in their round maintained their lead and finished on the 17th 2/1 to give Carrick their first point of the day. Moffatt & Loftus who slowly reeled their opponents in as the round progressed, a fantastic up & down from Moffatt on the 16th maintained that momentum when he holed a 12 footer for par and a half to maintain the two hole advantage with two to play and it was left to Declan Loftus, a winner on the first Carrick Cecil Ewing win way back in the last century to hole the winning putt on the 17th for an historic win 3-2 on the day & 7-3 overall. Well done to Team Captain Sean Gilmartin who was well on top of things throughout the provincial campaign and now its on to the All Ireland series in Castlebar on 10 & 11 September, we wish the team well.
Club Captain Damien Duignan & Team Captain Sean Gilmartin with All Ireland 4Ball Pennant