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Communications & Press Officer Jason O’Connor reports on yesterday’s staging of the Provincial Scotch Foursomes in both provinces as there were home victories in both sections
The very first pair to tee off in Collinstown were the ones to come out on top as Raymond and Benny Fay’s back 18 of 49 points just saw them shade victory from Martin Power & Aaron Tobin of Ryston who also had 94 points like the local duo but only had a second 18 of 94 points.
Raymond & Benny started with 45 points but managed to post the score that only one could equal but not better when it came to determining a winner. The Gross meanwhile was won by a pairing comprising two different Westmeath clubs as Gary Middleton from the hosts and Dessie Baker from Lough Owel finished with 89 points in winning the prize. A score of 45 points gave Rochfortbridge pair Mark Newman & Fergal O’Connor the First 18 prize while Erry’s Aonghus Coughlan & Jimmy Taylor won the Second 18 prize with 48 points.
Turning to the Mixed section and Kilbeggan duo Kathleen & John Carton led the way here with 97 points, the best score of the day in either section, as they had a brilliant second 18 of 50 points as part of that score. They were five clear of St Bridgets Catherine & Ian Dillon who scored 92 points on the day.
The Gross prize had to go to countback between local pair Rene Jan Bloem & Liz Quinn and Ryston’s Chrissie Sheehy & Darren Keogh. Both finished on 86 points but a better second 18 gave husband and wife Rene and Liz the prize.
The 18’s Prizes also required countbacks as Bridie & Trevor Cummins of Trim won their First 18 prize on back six for their score of 45 points. Back nine meanwhile was needed for Ursula & Eamon Dowd of Navan to be confirmed as Second 18 prize winners for their score of 46 points.
Quite the day for hosts Tralee as they won seven out of the ten prizes on offer down south with a clean sweep of the Mon-Mixed prizes as part of that. Paul O’Shea & Keith O’Brien led the way with 98 points that included a second round of 51 points as they had four points to spare over the result of the field.
Second went to Jamie Blake and Danny O’Leary on 94 points as their better back 18 of 48 points gave them the prize on countback from Jason Cregan and Alan Hobbart. Cregan & Hobbart’s 92 point gross score gave them that prize though as Roger Guthrie & Darren Goodall’s opening of 47 points gave them the First 18 prize. Father & son Jason & Mark O’Regan won the second 18 prize meanwhile with a score of 49 points.
In the Mixed Rocklodge’s Mary Murray & John Tracey had rounds of 47 and 44 points respectively to win on 91 points, three clear of Lakeside duo Elaine Quinn and Mick Fennell on 88 points who had rounds of 43 and 45 points. Lisa O’Connor and Tony Blake from the hosts won the Gross with 75 points as a good start of 47 points gave Liz Forde & Michael Abbott of Riverdale the First 18 prize.
The final prize of the day went to Majella & Brian Moynihan from the hosts with 43 points.
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