LOOKING back at last month’s National Mixed Foursomes event in Collins (sponsored by Brophy Brothers Builders), Communications & Press Officer Jason O’Connor spoke to the winning team from the St Stephens club in Cork, Mary and Alan Daly.
AFTER a number of years entering this event, it all came right for Mary and Alan Daly in Collins on the first Sunday in October as they won the Sean Coyne Memorial Cup by a total of three shots from Tralee duo Lisa O’Connor and Tony Blake. “This means a lot to us, we were nervous in advance and not sure how things would pan out. We practiced twice here in the build-up which I think was a big help to us overall now it’s done and dusted,” Alan said of their win.
The St Stephens duo had shared the halfway lead with Lakeside’s Elaine Quinn and Mick Fennell before going on to better their score in the second 18. Both have been playing for over 20 years and Mary is a former runner-up in the Cork Strokeplay as well as a former inter-county player with the Rebel Ladies team and felt that they got a good platform from their first round efforts. “We were anxious to hold our score (7up) and get a few more plusses at the same time. It didn’t matter if it was birdies or pars that we got the plusses with, they are all the same in a nett event like this. To even better what we did in the second round and finish 15up was incredible,” she said. Both admit that there is a big boost for the St Stephens club and hope that it will encourage more people in the club to take up the game. “This format (Mixed Foursomes) especially, I would love to see more of our members play it and enter more events as well,” Mary said.
When asked about the challenges of play the format, Alan admitted that trust in your playing partner is a key element in succeeding in Mixed Foursomes. “It’s never a game when you are never in control of everything. You really have to know your partner and have confidence in their ability. For both of us it really is a success that we wouldn’t swap for anything else that we have won in the game,” he said.
Tomorrow: We profile the winning clubs from the National Inter-Club Finals Day in Tramore, St Patricks (Scratch) and Collinstown (Inter/Junior)
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