Westmeath County Board

Notes 08august2013

Westmeath Pitch and Putt Notes.

Leinster Inter County.

The Leinster inter county championships took place in Cement Drogheda on Sunday and hopes were high for our gents team for 2013. After an excellent 2nd place in 2012 the team continued to progress in 2013 under the management of Martin Carter. In the weeks leading up to the finals the team competed in a number of challenges at a very high level against Meath, Louth and Longford in preparation for the day. Play started with the opening scotch foursome partnership of Pat Malone and John Browne. With both players playing steady pitch and putt the duo signed for a very impressive score of ten under par 44. The next doubles pairings was that of Rene Bloem and Alan Hanlon. After a slow start both players really got going on the back nine, which included a fantastic hole in one on the 15 from Rene and a round of 47 was sealed when Alan chipped in for two on the 18th. The final pairing was that of Collinstown brothers Michael and Liam Buckley. Again it was on the back nine that the lads got into gear and with top quality play they finished on 49. This meant the overall score was 22 under par and enough for the team to lie in fourth place behind Meath, Louth and Dublin. The singles got going with Pat Malone and he started brightly and posted a brilliant score of 47. Next out for Westmeath was John Browne and he battled hard and had a score of 54. Third man out was Rene Bloem and he did not disappoint when he signed for a four under total of 50. Alan Hanlon played steady throughout his round and was always going to add to the under par tally and did so with a 51. Liam Buckley carded a round of 52 and this meant Westmeath lay on a total of 38 under par with anchor man Michael Buckley to come in. Michael played really good pitch and putt all day and had a score of 50, which left us on an impressive 42 under par and in second place in the clubhouse behind Dublin. As play progressed throughout the day it was a tense affair to see if Louth and Meath would add to their doubles scores. Louth all scored strongly in the singles and overtook both Westmeath and Dublin to take top spot. So it was an excellent 3rd place result for Westmeath under the guidance of Martin Carter and this sets up the team nicely for upcoming challenges against Offaly and Tipperary over the coming weeks and also for the national inter county that takes place over the 7th and 8th of September in Clonmel Tipperary. Westmeath County Board would like to thank all involved and well done lads.

Leinster Juvenile Inter County.

The Leinster juvenile inter county championships took place in the immaculate Kilbeggan course during the week. As always our juveniles are always very skilled and this year was no exception. With Alan Deveney managing the team this year the team has developed into fine players and with more experience trophies will not be far away over the coming years. Westmeath county board would like to thank Alan and Tom Crowe for helping the team and all the players involved.