Barton Cup team lose to Royal Tara in close encounter

The Barton Cup team bowed out of this year’s competition when they lost their third round tie against Royal Tara by 3.5 to 1.5.

Neil MacKell and Conor Hackett were the only Dundalk winners on the day as they clicked from the off by birdieing the first to go one up and sealed victory with wins on 13, 14 and 15.

Aidan Thornton and Billy Cairns lost 2& 1 in a tight match that turned when the Dundalk pairing lost 14 and 15, won 16 and then lost 17 to lose the match. 2&1.

Mark Gorham and Trevor Giff won the first two holes to go two up in their match but wayward shots that ended up out of bounds allowed Royal Tara to peg them back and the pairings were all square through 13. The Meathmen then won 14, despite almost going out of bounds twice, when they got up and down from the back of the green for birdie. They then birdied 15 and sealed a 3&2 win when taking 16 with a par.

Neil Mullooly and Mickey Coburn were also hauled back after going two up after eight holes. Royal Tara won the next three holes to go one up after 11 and held that lead until the 17th when Dundalk made it all square with one to play. However the Meath side holed their par putt on the last to claim the all-important third point in the overall match.

The remaining match was another close encounter as Conor Curran and Bobby McCarthy were all square with five to play. A wayward tee shot on 15 and a lost ball on 16 saw them go two down with two to play when the match was called in and declared a half as Royal Tara had collected the three points needed to advance to Round Four and a meeting with The Island.