Letterkenny Golf Club win U-16 Youth Tournament

Letterkenny Golf Club win U-16 Youth Tournament
In a very close encounter Letterkenny Golf Club won on the 19th hole as one putt separated these two teams after three days of golf.

In a very close encounter Letterkenny Golf Club won on the 19th hole as one putt separated these two teams after three days of golf.

The second leg had to be abandoned due to poor light and all assembled again on Sunday and played their balls from the marked positions.

Kevin Woods (Donegal Golf Club) played a great shot to seven feet and had two putts to won the hole with a par on the 18th and sent the contest to the 19th for sudden death.

On the 19th tee Tom Doherty (Letterkenny) and Ronan Daly had the best drives to put Letterkenny back in the driving seat. However, James McGonigle (Donegal) after hitting two poor shots had other ideas and played a magnificent third shot onto the green. Kevin Woods continued to put the pressure and was unlucky with the putt.

Ronan Daly (Letterkenny) played short of the green and chipped to 12 foot and made sure of the five to half the hole with two excellent putts.

James McGonigle made a great putt from 20 foot and shaved the hole on the right to secure a half with Ronan. So, it was down to Tom Doherty and from 12-footer with two putts to won he left his first putt to two foot and with the great crowd of parents and supporters sank the vital par putt to won the overall match for his team.

In the second leg Jack Patton and Cian Harkin (Letterkenny) had a great tussle with Tom Geraghty and Sam Trimble (Donegal). In this match the Donegal boys came out on top. In the second match Philip Cassidy and Evan Mc Croary (Letterkenny) secured the equaliser with a won over Conor McGoldrick and Shaun Meehan in another close encounter.

At the presentation Edward Harvey (convenor on behalf of the Donegal League) expressed his delight at the sportsmanship of both teams and especially managers Seamus Faulkner (Donegal) and Gerard Duffy (Letterkenny). Having to come back for a third day was not easy but to the great credit of Seamus Faulkner all of the Donegal players and supporters arrived early in Letterkenny for the play off.

They were greeted by Letterkenny’s Gerard Duffy and his players.Duffy said in the Clubhouse to a packed house “junior golf was the winner today” and it surely was a great occasion of respect, sportsmanship and play from the young players of the highest level on display.

Both teams were congratulated by the Tom Mc Donagh, captain of Letterkenny golf club, and Mary Farragher from Donegal Golf Club and they were delighted to be part of a great day of golf in the county as this competition goes from strength.

Both congratulated the players, managers and the progressive approach to junior golf in both Clubs which was due to the Junior volunteers and the professionals.

Well done to all the clubs in the county who participated this year and for both of these Clubs it was their first time to compete in the final. Letterkenny had also three other players who played in earlier rounds: Dylan McCroary, Michael Shiel and Eoghain Harkin. Donegal had six other players who played in earlier rounds: Liam Smith, Joseph Timoney, Geroid Gallagher, David Woods, Matthew McKenna and Eddie McGinty.

Another year and in the week of Ryder Cup it was great to see our young players enjoying the game of golf.