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INTER CLUB MATCH RESULTS – UDEN CUP

A match report from Team Manager Austin Gill – ‘All good things come to an end and sadly the Uden Cup Teams great run came to the end on Sunday 29th last.
Playing Clontarf GC in the Semi Finals with 3 matches away and two at home the team were beaten 3-2. The Uden team were the last team standing representing the Men’s Club in 2018.

The last match went to the 18th in Skerries after a great fight back from 3 down after 10 holes to get back to 1 up playing 17th.

Team Manager Austin Gill and Assistant Manager Willie Prendergast wish to thank their panel for their commitment and dedication over the last six months. A great team spirit prevailed with everybody giving 100% no matter what was asked of them. The experience that the panel got , most of them representing Skerries GC and wearing the Maroon and Black for the first time augurs well for future inter club campaigns.

The Manager and Team wish to thank Captain Dominic, Vice-Captain Tom and President Celly for their support at all matches. It was especially encouraging to see the numbers of members that turned out last Sunday to support the team in Skerries, it was greatly appreciated.

Roll on 2019!’

Senior Cup 2018 – Metropolitan Area Qualifier

This year’s Senior Cup Metropolitan Qualifier took place in Laytown/Bettystown Golf Club on weekend of 23rd/24th June.

Preparations followed on from Barton Shield Panel in May/June with the addition of  Mick Ahern, John O’Brien and Brian Leonard to complete 8-man Senior Cup Panel. Once again, excellent efforts of preparation with a number visits to Laytown by all panel members, ably assisted by Sam Devey (recent past member of Laytown), despite Sam’s own unavailability for selection due to exam finals.

Panel: Edward McNally, Kingsley Lewis, David Garrigan, Harry McHugh, Sam Devey, Mick Ahern, John O’Brien and Brian Leonard. The Panel, once again, as with Barton Shield, were unstinting in preparation/practice despite work and family obligations.

On Saturday 23rd June, Skerries Golf Club arrived early to Laytown to commence our participation in this most Major of GUI Competitions with our first matchplay fixture v Ardee at 8.50 a.m. The 5-man team for this first fixture was as follows: Kingsley Lewis, Edward McNally, Mick Ahern, Harry McHugh and David Garrigan. Reserves: John O’Brien and Brian Leonard.

Our team performed with great courage and commitment and we prevailed with with Kingsley winning his match on the 21st hole, to give us the 3/2 result after Mick and Eddie had won their respective matches.

Following lunch our afternoon opponents were Black Bush. There was one team change with David unavailable for afternoon fixture, John O’Brien was brought into the team.

Another titanic battle took place with Skerries once again prevailing with Mick winning his match on the 19th hole to give us another 3/2 result after Eddie and Harry had won their respective matches. Great excitement and good “buzz” amongst Panel at what they had achieved.

Dinner was an enjoyable experience as the Panel reflected on the two wins.

Then it was time to think about the play-off the next morning v Co. Louth.

With David available for Sunday morning we fielded our original starting five of  Kingsley, Eddie, Mick, David and Harry. Co. Louth were “a different kettle of fish” with a number of plus handicap players.

We battled just as bravely as on Saturday, but were overcome and lost 4/1. Although we lost first three matches, the last two were “still alive”, with Harry 1 up and David 3 down with 5 to play and “fighting back”, when called in.

Sincerest congratulations to our Panel of  Kingsley, Eddie, Mick, David, Harry and John and Brian.  It was an honour, privilege and a pleasure to have been given the opportunity to manage this incredibly committed  small group/panel of  Senior Cup players who represented Skerries Golf Club in exemplary manner, both on and off the course.

Many thanks also go to Captain, Dominic, Vice-Captain, Tom, President, Celly, Overall Team Manager, Paul and those who turned up to to support team.

Frank O’Hara  & Larry Mooney
Senior Cup Managers

Barton Shield 2018 – Metropolitan Area Qualifier

This year’s Barton Shield Metropolitan Qualifier took place in Balcarrick Golf Club on weekend of 23rd/24th May.

Preparations commenced March/April with somewhat limited Panel due to family commitments, exams, etc.

Panel: Edward McNally, Kingsley Lewis, David Garrigan, Harry McHugh and Sam Devey. The Panel were unstinting in preparation/practice despite work and family obligations.

On Saturday 23rd May the following team of two pairs, Kingsley Lewis & Harry McHugh and Edward McNally & David Garrigan took to the course opposite Portmarnock on a dry but very windy day. Very exciting to watch the game being played at this level and to witness the absolute commitment and loyalty of our own very small but valiant group of golfers.

Our team performed with great “guts” and no small measure of skill and were somewhat unfortunate to lose out on qualifying for Sunday matchplay play-offs by just ONE shot, with an aggregate score of 161 as 160 last qualifying score!

Sincere congratulations to our Panel of  Kingsley, Harry, Edward, David and Sam. It was an honour, privilege and a pleasure to be tasked with managing this Barton Shield Panel who represented Skerries Golf Club in exemplary manner, both on and off the course.

Many thanks also go to Captain, Dominic, Vice-Captain, Tom, President, Celly, Overall Team Manager, Paul and those who turned up to to support team.

Frank O’Hara  & Larry Mooney
Barton Shield Managers

Uden Cup update

Saturday 9th June was the perfect day weather wise to play golf.

Clear Blue sky , no wind and high temperatures.

The Uden Cup Team played their Quarter Final Match against Corrstown Golf Club.

As the away team we had to do it the hard way with three matches away and two at home.

Two great wins at home was followed by the news that we had won a match at Corrstown and were through to the Semi Finals

Again both Willie and I would like to thank our panel of players who continue to play and make themselves available for practice sessions.

Thanks also go to Captain Dominic , Vice Captain Tom and President Celly who supported us on the day and followed the matches around both courses.

The Semi Final takes place before end July and again we will be the away team and will meet the winner of Clontarf and Howth Golf Clubs.

Austin Gill
Willie Prendergast
Uden Team Managers

Barton Cup Run Ends

Skerries run in this years Barton Cup came to an end on Saturday when a strong Headfort team won 3 ½ to 1 ½.

Having beaten local rivals Balbriggan in the opening round then Ashbourne in round 2 it was third time unlucky for Skerries. Headfort had recently contested the final of the Barton Cup and it showed as they managed to win a vital away point in Skerries having won their two home matches.

But it was a close affair -Mark Donoghue and George Leech went 5 down early in their away match but staged a marvellous recovery to get back to 1 down only to suffer the agony of defeat on the 18th green.

Co-Manager Paul Branagan, hero with Barry Sherwin of the Ashbourne win, suffered his first defeat away from home. Frank and Jason Rogan played extremely well and won their match – conceded on 17.

There was heartbreak for Junior Captain Ethan McGarry and Ciaran Barker – who both played brilliantly in this years run and were unbeaten in the first 2 rounds – when lady luck deserted them. They even had to witness a pushed shot from their opponents on 10 ricochet off the tress on the right of the green on 10 only to land 2 feet from the pin!

Fergus Gannon and Keith Hickey battled to a hard fought conceded half on 17th when the match was called in.

A learning for next year for sure and many thinks to the Captain and overall team Manager Paul O’Neil for their support and encouragement.

Next stop the Jimmy Bruen on 16th June in Roganstown.

Michael Branagan & Paul Branagan

Managers Barton Cup

Uden Cup Result

Skerries Uden Cup team played their first match on Saturday 19th May against Donabate Golf Club.

With two matches at Home and three matches Away the team performed excellent winning all three matches in Donabate GC and looked like the winners of the match going down the 19th in Skerries when they were called in.

I would like to thank all the members of the panel who have taken the time to attend the driving range over 6 weeks in February and March and the practice sessions in Donabate and Skerries.

The next opponents ( still to be actually confirmed ) is Corrstown again with three matches away and two at home.

Austin Gill
Team Manager
Uden Cup Team

Skerries Barton Cup Team Beat Balbriggan

The Barton Cup team got off to a flying start in beating a highly fancied Balbriggan team 3 ½ to 1 ½ on Sunday. Balbriggan had beaten Baltray in the first round proper. Youth and experience were in evidence as Paul and Michael Branagan’s charges delivered the goods. Junior Captain Ethan McGarry combined brilliantly with Ciaran Barker to seal the Skerries win on the 18th in a 2 up victory. Not to be outdone, they were ably supported by veteran John McInerney, and Martin Coleman in the match behind. McInerney had chipped from the trees at the back of the 17th stone dead to a red flag and concession. He then followed that up by splitting the fairway on 18 before being called in with the match over.

Second pairing Keith Hickey and Fergus Gannon won the vital first point in a great match, 4 and 2. Gannon had good support in the form of dad Frank, our Irish international. In what was a pivotal win away from home, multi-tasking co-manager Paul Branagan, teamed with Barry Sherwin to win 2 and 1 after a hard fought match. Louis Dwyer and Conor Power met stiff opposition from the home team who secured their only point of the match.

Captain Domo was in attendance to offer his support, as was Lady Captain Ciara at the 18thgreen, and Skerries now play Ashbourne away on Saturday 28th April (2 games at home and 3 away). Hopefully the momentum will continue in what has always been a special competition for Skerries members.

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