Malahide wins first( Men's or Boy's ) Leinster pennant in 10 years
Malahide Juvenile Boys did the Club proud this Summer in winning the Leinster Under 15 Boys Matchplay trophy. It was our first time to win this trophy and Malahide’s first Leinster pennant (Men or Boys) since the Metropolitan Trophy in 2003
Managed by Leo Connolly and Jamie Mintern, Malahide beat Castle GC 6-4 over 2 legs in a dramatic final which produced numerous highlights. The team consisted of Roberrt Byrne, Jamie Kennedy, Karl Kennedy, Daniel Murphy and AJ McCabe. Matt Nolan and Ronan Kelly were subs for the final, both had played in previous rounds.
In the first leg, away in Castle, we were up against a very well drilled team playing over their home course and collectively receiving 19 shots from their Malahide opponents. Castle went into a 3-1 lead. Karl Kennedy was involved in the last match which went to the second tie hole. In a dramatic finish, Karl won on the 20th hole to give us a 2-3 result. The 2 wins were crucial to the overall result.
The second leg took place on Sunday September 15th, with near gale force winds blowing. One of the biggest galleries in Malahide in years followed the match, with a large contingent from Castle making for a great atmosphere on the course. In the second leg Malahide were collectively conceding 22 shots to their opponents and the standard of golf was remarkable, all the matches were tight. At one stage halfway through it looked like victory was slipping away from the home team. Slowly the situation changed, Robert and AJ’s matches went to tie holes and the results in both went Malahide’s way for a 4 – 1 win on the day and a 6 – 4 overall result.
Highlights were numerous throughout, just a couple to mention. AJ McCabe was 2 down after 2 holes. His opponent Robert Moran, a nephew of Kevin Moran’s, hit his tee shot on the third to 2 feet. AJ stood up and calmly holed his tee shot to win the hole. It wouldn’t happen in the Ryder Cup! After nervous tee shots, both Robert and AJ played superb pitches on the 18th, worthy of Mickelson, both getting up and down in 2 and keeping their matches alive. On the second tie hole and with the gale blowing from right to left, Robert Byrne hit a classic second shot to 15 feet to make his par and win his match. Karl Kennedy had earned his keep with his great win in the first leg and wasn’t in his usual form on the day in Malahide. Both Jamie Kennedy and Daniel Murphy were their usual solid selves and both won their matches without having to go the distance
A great win over two legs by the group of boys who represented Malahide Golf Club in an exemplary way. The Castle boys must also be commended for their play and their behaviour. This was stressed later at the trophy presentation in a packed clubhouse by the Chairman of the GUI Leinster Branch, Kevin McIntyre.
Special congratulations to our joint managers, Leo and Jamie, the youngest managers among the 90 clubs competing. Thanks also to John Murray for the hard work he put into coaching over the winter. It certainly paid off.