2022-06-12 Kilkeel v Senior Cowdy vs Lurgan at home
First match out was Leigh Campbell vs Lurgan’s number 1 playing off a handicap of plus 1. This gave Leigh 3 shots and resulted in a close front 9 with Leigh losing the 9th hole to give the Lurgan man the first point out of 4. However on the back 9 with still 3 points up for grabs Leigh turned on the style to come back from 1 down after 9 to win the match 2/1 and claim the 3 points for Kilkeel.
Number 2 out for Kilkeel was Aidan Donnelly who came up against a strong competitor in Lurgan’s Number 2. Aidan ended up in a 5 and 4 defeat and 4 points went to Lurgan.
Third out for Kilkeel was the big hitting all action Glenn Whyte and led the match throughout the front 9 claiming another point for Kilkeel. With points still to play for on the back 9 Glenn narrowly lost the match 1 down to a brilliant par on the last from the Lurgan man which gave him 3 points out of 4.
Number 4 out for Kilkeel was James McCulla who is normally very reliable in matchplay golf. However he came up against an equally savvy player for this encounter and it came down to the battle of the putters. The Lurgan man just holed more putts at crucial stages and edged the match 4/2 and 4 points.
Fifth out for Kilkeel was anchor man Mark Trainor. Mark was 4 down through 6 and eventually lost the front 9 point. But on the back 9 Mark dug deep and played some great golf to come back and lead the match 1up after 17. It was nip and tuck down the 18th only for the visiting player to make a good par 5 and win the hole and half the match resulting in a hard fought 2 points each.
Kilkeel have it all to do in the away fixture with score at the halfway stage 14-6 in favour of the Lurgan team. There were close matches and the Kilkeel boys were disappointed with the result, however it can all change in Lurgan in 2 weeks time and no doubt they will give of their best to try and overturn the deficit.