Congratulations to team manager Ben Crowley and his squad who beat a strong New Forest side this afternoon to get to the Leinster final which will take place later this month.
Ben and his team will face local rivals, Blainroe who saw off The Island in their semi final yesterday. The final will be over two legs, one home and one away (dates to be confirmed).
Out first today was Conor Dignam who was giving six shots to his opponent. Conor stormed into a three hole lead after just three holes and turned two up, despite a loss on the ninth. Conor halved the tenth, while giving a shot, and his win with a par on the eleventh was followed by another good win on eight. His New Forest opponent won thirteen but it was too little too late for him unfortunately and Conor closed out the match with wins on fourteen and fifteen by a margin of 5&3.
Number two today was Ruadhán Murray. Ruadhán was giving eight shots which is never easy and found himself two behind after losses on six and seven. He stuck to his guns however and dug out three excellent wins in a row from the eighth to get ahead for the first time in the match. The back nine was cat and mouse. Ruadhán lost twelve, giving a shot but won fourteen with a par. He was giving a shot on fifteen also which went to New Forest to bring the match back to all square. Sixteen was halved in pars but seventeen, another shot hole, went to the visitors and Ruadhán found himself dormie one down.
The anchorman for the team this afternoon was the ever dependable Toby Murphy. Toby was giving two shots to his opponent and was struggling a bit perhaps with the flat stick early on in his round, turning one down. He was giving a shot on the tenth but Toby made par which was enough to halve the hole. Pars on eleven and twelve got him ahead for the first time since the second tee box. His choice to hit driver on thirteen nearly cost him the hole but a good putt from six feet for bogey earned him a half and fourteen was also halved, this time in par. A birdie on fifteen got Toby to two ahead with three to play, sixteen was halved in par and another par on seventeen was enough to seal the match 2&1and the tie for Greystones.
Ruadhán had won eighteen to get his match all square when called in.
Congratulations to Ben and his squad.