FOYLE Golf Club claimed their second G.U.I. Pendant when securing a narrow victory in the Ulster Final of the Pierce Purcell competition on Sunday last.
Team captains, Jackie Thomas and Kevin Dunn, led the Ballyarnett squad to Dunmurry where they faced Rossmore Golf Club in the final and a closely fought final was anticipated.
After nine holes Foyle held a slender 3&2 advantage with Tommy Bradley & Kris McMorris 3 up; Ruari Connor & Ciaran McGuinness 2 up, Kevin Crumley & Cormac Cassidy lead by 2 holes with the other pairs Kieran Bradley & Brian O’ Neill and Jim Mc Grotty & John Coyle 1 and 3 down respectively.
As the match reached the 15th hole the strong Rossmore team had reduced the advantage with Foyle going into the last three holes two matches up with two all square and down in one which made for a nail-biting finish.
Tommy Bradley & Kris McMorris gave Foyle the advantage winning 2 up on the 18th but Rossmore levelled the match when Jim McGrotty & John Coyle lost their match 3&2.
Ruari Connor & Ciaran McGuinnes gave Foyle the advantage once more winning 3&2 leaving Foyle requiring just one match for victory.
Kieran Bradley & Brian O’Neill arrived at the 18th tee all square and they played the hole perfectly with Kieran leaving Brian a 5 feet par putt for victory which he duly rolled into cup much to the delight of the large number of travelling Foyle supporters.
Kevin Crumley & Cormac Cassidy were called in with their match all square giving Foyle the Ulster title 3.5 matches to 1.5 and thus secure the club’s second G.U.I Pendant.
Jackie & Kevin will now lead their Ulster title winning team to Kinsale, Co. Cork, for the All-Ireland Cup & Shield Finals were they will play Royal Co. Dublin in the semi-final.
Meanwhile, forthcoming competitions are - Wednesday, August 15th, P.F.S. Accountants Open Stableford; Friday, August 17th, Mrs. Jennifer Rainey’s Lady Captain’s Day.
The Lady Captain’s prizes for the Gents Branch will be played on either Thursday, August 16th or Friday, August 17th - one card.
Saturday, August 18th - Different Class Menswear Open Stableford. Book tee-times online at www.foylegolfcentre.co.uk or Telephone: 71-352222.
Martin Duddy (16) was best of the day in the Samaritans Charity Open at Prehen on Sunday with a winning 40 points total and that despite dropping four shots over the last three holes!
Second place was taken, on a break of tie, by Gary Leckey (11) who along with Ernie Heywood (1) had 39 points and Ernie had to settle for third place. His 69 was also the best gross of the day
Paul McIntosh (15) reappeared on the radar again to take fourth spot with 38 points again on a count back.
Mary O’Doherty (32) took the first ladies place with 38 points and lost another shot off her handicap in the process and Christine Mitchell (26) finished in second spot in that category with 31 points again following a tie-break
Prehen Matchplay Finals
Meanwhile, all six of the Taylormade-sponsored Matchplay Finals are set to take place tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at City of Derry .
In the Club Championship Sean Quigg will have his work cut out to overcome the challenge posed by Shane Kelly who will be receiving a huge stoke allowance and he must be the favourite to take that title.
In the Senior Cup Lester Moore takes on Eddie Burton who caused the biggest shock of the competition with his facile win over pre-tournament favourite, Kealan Quigg in the semi-final. A tight match but Moores’s vast experience should give him the edge.
The Junior Cup will see the in form Alfie Kane take on surprise finalist John Rosborough but with this match played off scratch, Kane will probably be too strong and is strongly tipped to emerge victorious.
In the Foyle Cup, Ulster Fourball supremo Alan Montgomery takes on Eamon Maxwell and Maxwell should prove to be too strong.
The Jock Balmer Fourball title could go any way with two very strong pairings in action. Colin Jeffrey and Iain Anthony take on the father and son combination of Aaron and Raymond Taylor with the result too close to call.
The first match tees-off at 4.30 p.m. and the first tee is closed until 6.00 p.m. to accommodate the play-offs.