The Blessington Lakes mixed team beat The Curragh golf club in a nail biting encounter on Monday evening. It was the 2nd round and with three matches at home and two matches away we were always going to have a slight advantage but it was quite strange the way events unfolded.
The home matches remained very tight over the front 9 holes but word was filtering through from the Curragh that we were well up in both matches. Suzanne Hegarty and Paul McGee turned an impressive 6up while Paddy Carthy and Julie Walshe were 4 up after 9. These two away pairings held steady on the way in and won their matches. So with the two away matches in the bag most would have expected we would take the tie comfortably.. this wasn’t to be.
At home Philip Wardick and Nicola Kearns were 1 down through 9 holes but fought back winning three in a row from the turn however their opponents played some great golf to get the advantage back and were 2 up with 2 to play. Meanwhile the 2nd pairing of Anne Kelly & Jerry Bergin lost their match 3&2 having turned all square. The other remaining match Diarmuid McCarthy & Breda Walshe kept a slim advantage throughout their game and turned 2up, they held on to this lead through the 16th but lost 17th to be 1up playing the 18th.
Back to the 1st match of Philip & Nicola who brilliantly won the 17th & 18th to bring their match to extra holes, down the 19th they went but a regulation par from the Curragh paring was good enough to win the point. This meant that all eyes were on the final match going down 18, both teams with 2 points each. Having missed the green left in 3, Diarmuid and Breda chipped on a two putted to guarantee a third round match against either Dunmurray Springs or Craddockstown.
Well done to the team and managment and we look forward to the third round.