Our fourball matchplay Spring League is now in full flow and this week’s matches threw up some interesting results. Fourteen of the sixteen pairings are still in contention for top honours with only two pairings currently consigned to the plate competition.
The pre tournament favourites, Sean Farrell and Darach Nugent, barring disaster next week looked destined to qualify as top seeds from Group One. Tony McGinley and Noel Billane played themselves back into contention this week, after their mauling last week, with a good victory over the two Pats, Brady and Nolan. Their match against Cormac Noone and Mark Williams will go a long way towards deciding second place in this group.
Group two sees Eddie Ingram and Dave Callaghan as the only guaranteed qualifiers so far. Pat Reid and Tom McGrath’s match against Paul O’Farrell and Noel Searson will decide the runners up spot. Donie McEvoy and James O’Dwyer have been installed as early favourites for the plate.
In Group three there are a number of permutations. Dennis Hennessy and Pat McEnroy do battle with Gerry Murray and John Messitt. The winners of this match will qualify and they will be joined by Adam Feighery and Neil Larrigan if they overcome Vincent Chapman and Stephen Peake.
Group four sees all four pairings with one win and one loss. Joe O’Toole and Richard Kelly do battle with Ronnie Feighery and Glen Farrell while the Diarmuid McCarthy/Jim Lyons pairing play Tom Barrett and Gary O’Rourke in two winner takes all clashes.
The format this year has creating many positive talking points and it is great to see a full carpark on a Sunday morning.