Connacht Shield Team Reach Connacht Final V Athenry
Carrick Golf Club have reached the Connacht Shield Final for first time in 21 years, when Fiachra Neary’s charges beat Mulranny 4-1 in the Semi Final on Monday last Sept 25 2017. With three single matches around the Clew Bay links and two Foursomes at home, the task was a tall one as Mulranny had come through some tough matches in their Zone. But the three Carrick lads performed very well away from home winning two matches & halving one. First up was Alan Ffrench who was giving two shots to Eamonn Mongan, he put the pressure straight away on the Mulranny man by holing his third shot on the Par 5 first for eagle and 1 up and there after was never down in the match winning 3/2. Joey Casey was giving 5 shots to Eugene McCormac in the second match but was never in danger going 3 up through 6, four up through 14 & finished 2/1. Gordon Kavanagh was bringing up the rear, he was giving 6 shots to Christy O’Donnell, this was the tightest match of the three, Kav was trailing most of the front 9 but got his nose in front on the 12th and stayed ahead till the 16th where he was called in 2 up. The Foursomes matches at home saw David McDermott & Shane Kelly beat Ainsworth & Moylan while Padraig O’Dowd & Keith Duignan were called in on 16th level against Rothwell & JJ Kelly.
Onto the final V Athenry on Sat 7th Oct with the first leg in Athenry and return leg the following week Sat 14 Oct in Carrick.