2017 Greensomes Final


2017 Greensomes final

The final of the matchplay Greensomes at Kilkeel was played last week between Neil Cousins and Andrew McConnell against Hugh McCulloch and Daniel Brogan. After receiving shots in all their matches so far Hugh and Daniel were giving 6 shots to Andrew and Neil for the final.

The first hole was evidently a nervy opener and both teams struggled with two sevens scored to halve the hole.

Neil and Andrew had a 6 at the second which was halved also by Hugh and Daniel with a five.

The dreaded fir tree to the left of the fairway on the third came into play but Hugh’s shot managed to get through it while Andrew found the bunker with their 3rd shot. Hugh and Daniel took the advantage to go one up in the game.

Hugh and Daniel won the next two holes to go three up, but with shots at six and seven, Neil and Andrew steadied the ship to bring it back to just one down.

At the first of the par threes, Andrew teed off first but was well short of the green. Neil and Daniel found the trap and Hugh’s 7 iron ended 10 foot off the green to the right. Neil hit a superb shot to 3 foot but Daniel produced the shot of the game to pitch straight into the hole from right of the green for a birdie.

Hugh and Daniel won 9 and ten to go 4 up, with the highlight being Hugh’s chip over the bunker to 12 inches for a ‘gimme’.

Hole eleven was halved in pars, twelve was also halved, however Hugh and Daniel won the 13th even though Neil and Andrew had a shot which left them dormy 5 down. They brought it back to 4 down with a win at the 14th however the game was edged out on the next green. Neil had a great tee shot to 3 feet, however 15 is always a tricky putt and both teams parred to leave the match over at 4&3.

So congratulations to both teams on having a great competition and to Hugh and Daniel, the Greensomes champions for 2017.

Hugh commenting on the win stated that Daniel and he really enjoyed their experience in the greensomes this year and met some great people and golfers on the way to lifting the trophy. He thanked the greens staff as even though the course a bit wet for the final, once again it was in exceptional condition. a credit to all involved. He added that they would be looking forward to defending the title next year.

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