J.B. Carr Diamond Trophy – Team news 1st June.
Monkstown beat Mahon over two legs to become County Champions in the J.B.Carr Diamond Trophy
Monkstown were crowned as County Champions following a titanic struggle with Mahon GC over two legs, home and away. Monkstown carried a 4 to 1 lead from the home leg into last Tuesday’s match (the 30th of May), in Mahon. All the matches were extremely tight and very competitive with 3 matches finishing on the 17th, one on the 18th and one on the 19th. Mahon won 4 of the 5 matches with the result that the teams were tied at 5 matches each over the two legs.
Both clubs then had to nominate their respective pairs to engage in a sudden death playoff; teeing off from the 1st tee. As you can well imagine the tension was palpable. Noel Millar and Liam Shanahan were chosen to represent Monkstown having won their match earlier.
Following both teams second shots it looked like advantage to Mahon with Monkstown facing a very difficult 30 yard chip while Mahon were on the edge of the green. Noel Millar proceeded to hit a world class chip to about 3.5 feet followed by Mahon rolling their ball up to 3.0 feet.
Liam Shanahan confidently rolled in the putt while the Mahon player’s putt just lipped out. Victory to Monkstown. Well done to the whole Monkstown panel.
It was a really tremendous contest played in the right spirit by both clubs. It was a very difficult way for Mahon to lose having fought back earlier to make it 5 all.
Mahon are in the finals of the Pierce Purcell and we wish them all the best.
Monkstown now proceed to the Munster Championship where they will meet the winners of West Waterford and Dungarvan over two legs, home and away. The matches have to be played before the 5th July.
The JB Carr team are in the Cork (A) county finals which consists of a home and away match versus Mahon.
The first leg was played at home on 18 May and resulted in a 4/1 win for Monkstown. Play was suspended for 90 mins due to torrential rain and flooding of greens but on resuming our team provided heroic performances to gain those all important points to take to the away match.
It was nail biting stuff as Pat O’Donnell and John Joe Shanahan went down the 19th. Pat played a stunning drive to 8’0” and with not a nerve in his body John Joe Shanahan slotted the putt for a birdie and victory.
We then rushed off to the 20th where Noel Millar and Charlie Fielding were battling it out as the last pair standing. Charlie’s drive was in on the right close to the trees and Noel with extraordinary skill managed to drill the ball to 6’0” from the flag and Charlie strolled up and slotted the putt as if it were a 12 inch tap in for a birdie and victory.
Earlier in the match Dick Dunlea and Jamie O’Mahony were pipped on the 18th, Denis Keane and Colm Murphy won 3/2 and Rob Andrews with Denis Richardson won 5/3.
The away match is now scheduled for 12.00 on Tuesday 30 May at Mahon and we encourage all who can to come out and support our boys!!!
We are expecting some really tough games in the return fixture. As the saying goes ‘it is still only half time’ and Mahon will be well up for the return fixture.