Big scalp for Provincial Towns Cup team

The Provincial Towns team took a massive scalp at the weekend when they beat last year’s quarter-finalists, Seapoint, 5-4 with the vastly experienced Jim Dywer and Charlie Monaghan very much to the fore.

In Dundalk, Paul O’Callaghan was beaten by Jim McMorrow on 17 after a match that never had more than two holes either way but the home side then took the next two matches on the penultimate hole with Martin McEntaggert beating Dom McGroddy and Eddie Rocks overcoming Martin McKenna in a match that yielded seven birdies. The youthful Andrew Coburn showed no nerves on his debut for the Club as he played some great golf to see off Neil Floody 5&4. Veteran campaigner Jim Dwyer proved steady as ever, despite getting off to a slow start and finding himself two down early on. However, he blew his opponent, Dan Reynolds, away around the turn when he birdied the eighth, ninth and 10th to open up a four hole lead and he eventually closed out the match on the 16th for a 3&2 victory.

That gave Dundalk a 4-1 win at home and needing one win away to seal a place in the next round against either Greenore or Ardee, However, Brendan Keane lost his match early on and Gerry Murray lost on 16 as did Fergal Sexton. Charlie Monaghan found himself three down after seven but he fought back to open up a one hole lead with two to play and sealed the win on the tricky par three 17th when he found the green off the tee and piled the pressure on his opponent who only found trouble down the right.