Dundalk win Newsam Cup

Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan with the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.

Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan with the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.

 

Dundalk Golf Club ended an eight year wait when they captured the Newsam Cup for the first time since 2008 on Saturday.

Dundalk’s first three pairings took just 15 holes each to take out Knightsbrook’s top order in one of the most comprehensive displays ever seen in the 39 year history of the tournament.

Royal Tara, who organise this annual inter-club foursomes matchplay tournament for golfers with a handicap of 17 or higher, hosted the final after the 18 invitees from four counties were narrowed to the final two over the course of the summer.

Knightsbrook made the short trip from Trim to Tara looking to win their first men’s inter-club tournament and travelled with confidence as their opening two pairings hadn’t lost a match en route to the final while the third pairing had only tasted defeated once.

But Dundalk were battle hardened after knocking out 2015 winner Headfort and also seeing off Greenore and Townley Hall on their path to the final and managers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan left no stone unturned in their attention to detail and the manner in which they prepared their team.

Solid drives on the first tee from all five Dundalk pairings augured well for what was to follow and so it turned out to be as Dundalk quickly grabbed control of the tie and never relinquished their firm grip as they plotted their way through the tight opening nine before unleashing their obvious power off the tee on the more open back nine.

In the top match Bobby McCarthy and Hugh Reilly were all square after six against David Maguire and Alan Codd but edged into a two hole lead after ten holes and then extended their lead to three before closing out the match on the 15th for a 4 & 3 win and Dundalk’s first point on the board.

Behind them, brothers David and Kenneth Cairns came out of the traps like a bullet and won the first four holes against Brian O’Neill and Eamon O’Brien to open up a four hole lead which wasn’t threatened and they also closed it out on 15 where they won the hole to record a 5&3 victory.

The third match saw Adrian Kenny and Kenneth Carthy take on Billy Tyndall and Rodney Trenwith and the Dundalk pair were two up after five and won the sixth to go three up. They were two up after nine but won two of the next four holes and were dormie four standing on the 15th tee. Like the duo before them they finished the job in style by winning the 15th for a 5 & 3 win and the winning point as Dundalk recorded a 3-0 win.

The other two matches out on the course were called in at that stage with veteran campaigners Jim Gollogley and Sean O’Sullivan involved in a match that seemed destined to go all the way to 18 while the anchor men, Eamonn McEneaney and Nigel Giff, were totally in control of their match when it was called in.

For team managers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan it was the culmination of three years of hard work but they were quick to pay tribute to the15 strong squad that had seen Dundalk through the competition.

“It was a great team effort,” said McCaughey. “The boys worked very hard all year and everybody in the squad played their part. There was a great team spirit and you could see the confidence they possessed when they stepped onto the first tee. They beat a very good team in the final and the win is a great boost for the club.”

The Dundalk 2016 Newsam Cup panel was: Nigel Giff, Eamonn McEneaney, Adrian Kenny, Kevin Carthy, Sean Quigley, Brian Crombie, Bobby McCarthy, Hugh Reilly, Jim Gollogley, Sean O’Sullivan, David Cairns, Kenneth Cairns, Martin Cairns, Benny O’Shaughnessy and Caoimhin O’Callaghan.

 

PHOTO: Teams mangers Peter McCaughey and Edmund Sheridan hold aloft the Newsam Cup in the company of Dundalk Captain Maurice Soraghan and Royal Tara Captain Paddy Ward.