UCD V IONA CHALLENGE 2016

13 Oct 2016

The Practice round was played in Millbrook Country Club in Greenwich and Day 1 of competition teed off at Stanwich Country Club, Greenwich. The first day consisted of four fourball matches with Peter Mckeever and Ted Collins winning 7&6 and Alex Gleeson and John McCarthy also winning 3&2. UCD two points ahead lost the third match where Johnny Yates and Gavin Fitzmaurice were defeated 6&5 while Gareth Mann and David Byrne made a great half on the last hole resulting in a 2 1/2 to 1 1/2 lead for UCD going into Day 2.

Day 2: The penultimate day was played at Knollwood Country Club the 1948 PGA Championship venue, a short, old style, tree lined course. Again the format was four fourball matches, Peter Mckeever and Alex Gleeson won the first match while Ted Collins and Gavin Fitzmaurice halved the second match. Johnny and Gareth lost narrowly to the third IONA pairing while David Byrne and John McCarthy came in last with a great win for UCD to take a convincing lead going into the final day.

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Day 3: The final day of the match was played at Wingedfoot Golf Club the 2006 US Open Venue it consisted of 8 singles matches. Although it looked close for a while the UCD players had strong back nines to finish the match off well with wins from Alex Gleeson, John McCarthy, Ted Collins, Johnny Yates, and a half from Gavin Fitzmaurice. The match finished at 9 1/2 to 6 1/2. Unfortunately despite their win last year at Royal Dublin the UCD alumni lost to the IONA alumni.

UCD Sport and indeed the Golf Club would like to extend a huge thank you to the graduates who supported and travelled with the team namely Bill Jolley, Jack Reynolds, Brendan Cole, Michael Keane, Denis McMahon, Eamon Kelly and Liam Harnett.