Rossmore Lose Out In Pierce Purcell Ulster Final
On Sunday last 12th Aug Rossmore Golf Club’s Pierce Purcell team travelled to Dunmurray Golf Club to take on Foyle fromDerry in the Ulster Final. The winners would progess to the All-Ireland series but alas lady luck deserted the Rossmore team just as it looked like victory was within their grasp. Captain Eugene McGinnity had his team well prepared and they put up a fine performance but without getting an odd break or slice of luck in a close encounter it is difficult to make that breakthrough.
Gerry McMahon and Mark Smyth led off for Rossmore and after a close encounter they just lost out at the last hole. Brendan Casey and Padraig Trappe out second had Rossmore level with a splendid 5 and 4 victory. This pair had remained undefeated throughout the campaign. The third pair of Adrian Trappe and Dermot McMahon proved a crucial game and standing on the last tee all square Dermot played the perfect tee shot but as his ball had struck an overhead cable he had to replay his shot and while this shot was still in play it was not as good as the original shot. The Foyle pair were out of position but managed to end up some 20ft from the hole in 2 shots while Rossmore did well to be 8ft from the hole in 3 shots.
At this stage the fourth pair of Darren Connolly and Richard Reidy had lost their match but the final pair of Malachy Deery and John Heffernan were in control in their game with 3 holes to play. All appeared to now rest on game 3 and Folye were first to putt. A down hill 20ft putt set off and to the delight of the Foyle team and despair of Rossmore the ball disappeared into the hole and outright victory for Foyle.
On such strokes of good fortune are close matches decided and a long campaign had now come to a disappointing end but Rossmore Golf Club should be proud of the effort put in by this team all year and to captain Eugene McGinnity for all his hard work arranging and selecting teams for all the matches. The players and supporters proved great ambassadors for the club and now wish Foyle the best of luck in the All Ireland series.
Ulster Cup Team News
TheUlsterCup team play their semi-final first leg against Cloverhill on Monday next at Rossmore Golf Club at 4pm. A place in the final awaits the winners but Rossmore are very much up against it as Cloverhill have been turning in some impressive performances.
On Friday 10th Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August Rossmore Golf Club held a Singles Competition for members and the winner on 42pts making a welcome return to the winners enclosure was Liam Linehan. Second with 39pts was Columbo Gorman and third was Damien Martin on 38pts. The gross went to Ciaran Lavery on 32pts.
Thursday Open Singles
The popular Open Thursday Singles continues this week and a time sheet is in operation.
As the evenings get shorter you are reminded that players playing in the competition have priority on the course and slow play should be avoided.
Declan Murphy Electrical Scotch Foursomes Matchplay Competition
A new venture and a new sponsor for Rossmore as members are now asked to enter this competition. The competition is a Scotch Foursomes Matchplay competition so get yourself a good partner and put your name on the entry sheet now posted in the clubhouse. The draw for the first round will take place on the 26th August.
Rossmore are grateful to Declan Murphy for his generous sponsorship of this competition and the club are lucky to have people like Declan who are willing to sponsor events in these times.
Entry fee is just €10 per player.
Musgrave 3 Man Rumble
On Sunday next 19th August the Musgrave 3 Man Rumble starts and will run for a number of days. Members can play on any day and there is a re-entry allowed.
This is a charity event and the winners go forward to represent the club in the regional finals.
Rossmore Cups Matchplay Finals
The finals of the Rossmore Cups both Senior and Junior are now scheduled for Sunday 26th August and we will give a preview next week.