Blessington Lakes Golf Club

Jamie Tutty and Sean Farrell Barton cup heroes

Blessington Lakes came back from the dead in this mornings first round Barton Cup match against Dublin Mountain GC. The match which was played in drenching rain and biting cold on both courses. Our 2 home pairings teed off some 30 minutes earlier than the away leg and gained great early momentum in the terrible conditions which Dublin Mountain found difficult to claw back. Our home pairings of Diarmuid McCarthy/Vinne Chapman and Brendan Flynn/Paul Culligan kept the pressure on despite the gallant efforts of their opposition and wrapped up their matches win a number of holes to spare. Away was a different kettle of fish. Dublin Mountain took early control of the match involving Niall O Conor and Cormac Noone eventually closing the boys out on the 16th. Joe Donohoe and Alan Tobin fought valiantly before succumbing on the 17th.The match was now standing at 2 a piece, Players and spectators huddled adjacent to the by now flooded 18th green inquiring how the last match out on the course stood. The 2 remaining combatants from the lakes were Sean Farrell and Jamie Tutty. Both pairings were by now marching purposefully into the gloom after their tee shots on 17. How are we doing inquired our home guys who had just arrived to cheer on their away comrades, not good murmured the lakeside portion of the gathering, “1 down with 2 to play” The 17th hole was duly halved. Away in the murk both teams teed off on 18 with excellent drives. Sean Farrell was to play 1st into the slopping green Sean hit a magnificent 9 iron to about 15 feet above the pin. Dublin Mountain followed their opponents on to the green some 15 feet further away and further up the significant slope leaving themselves with a difficult swinging downhiller. Dublin Mountain knocked their put stone dead, absolutely brilliant considering the difficulty and pressure, putt conceded. Jamie stood over our putt non plussed. Jamie pulled his blade back and struck the putt true, the ball rolled left of the hole but as expected it broke back perfectly into the middle of the cup for a birdie and a match saving win. Both sides struck superb drives up the sodden 1st play off hole. Some 5 minutes later Jamie boy again had a  putt to win the game which he duly sank. Absolutely brilliant guys to win those 2 holes really shows bottle and class, well done. A massive thank you to all at Dublin Mountain GC today, the hospitality and sportsmanship  shown to us was humbling, Thanks DMGC