Report from Lucan:
Lucan played host to the Dublin Matchplay finals. In the Seniors, Lucan’s Anthony Malone took on Old County’s Tom O Reilly in the final. Anthony going in search of the Matchplay title for this decade (won in 80’s, 90’s 00’s) he showed from earlier he was a man on a mission… Tom turned 2 down and got it back to 1 down, but Skinner found another gear and his name will go down on cup as winner in another decade.
The Inter Gents final was an all Lucan affair , David Hayden jnr taking on Tom McMorrow, both gents searching for that illusive Matchplay title. Tom 2up on the turn, Dave didn’t want to be the bridesmaid again and dug deep to win out the winner in the 35th. In the Juniors Lucan’s Terry O’Shaughnessy took on Dublin legend John O’Keefe. A close game from start to finish with Terry sealing the deal on 35.
In the Juniors ladies Angela Shanahan was in battle with John’s doubles partner and another huge supporter of pitch and Putt, Theresa King. Although Angela turned 2 up, Theresa was not giving up and a run of good holes seen the match turn completely. Angela fought back, but this was a cup Theresa has been in search of for a long time and ran out the winner on 34.
The Inter ladies was an all Shandon affair, with Maree O’Toole taking on Mary Fulham. The cup was always making it’s way back to the home of Mr Eamonn Birchall, but which lady would bring it back… that honour fell to Maree O’Toole and in an emotional speech dedicated her win to “Uncle Eamonn”.
The juveniles played out their final with 2 superb young lads from Glenville; Daragh McGibney & Luke Devlin. A huge credit must go to Glenvilles Christine Mulvey who brought back the juvenile section in Glenville and invests a lot of time and passion into bringing the juveniles through. They both did her, themselves and the Glenville Club proud. Luke came out on top over club mate Darragh 5 & 4 after a tight battle all the way through the contest. Daragh could consider himself unlucky to be 1 down after 18 holes but Luke was determined to hang on in there through some tricky moments and gradually brought the match his way.
We would like to thank the Lucan club for hosting the event and presenting the course in such superb condition.. To Glenville Pitch&Putt Club for taking on the qualifiers at such short notice, the course is possibly in the best condition ever seen. Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who took part.
Lucans treble win in the Gents Senior, Inter and Junior was dedicated to an honorary member who passed away that weekend, Mr Patrick Croke.