Monday 16 December 2019

Timbs hopes comforts of home can see Strandhill lift Connacht title

John-Ross Galbraith lead the final round of the St Andrews Links Trophy with three holes to play when disaster struck as he found all sorts of trouble and slipped down the leaderboard
John-Ross Galbraith lead the final round of the St Andrews Links Trophy with three holes to play when disaster struck as he found all sorts of trouble and slipped down the leaderboard

STRANDHILL'S Dessie Timbs is hoping that home advantage can help his side to victory in the Connacht final of this year's AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield.

The team captain has enjoyed a truly marvellous year on the course. At 53 years of age, he is playing better than ever, as is evident by reducing his handicap to two.

Timbs also qualified for the North of Ireland Championship for the first time, but his biggest achievement could yet come as manager of the club's Jimmy Bruen team.

With the Connacht finals set to visit the Co Sligo links in August, Timbs' side have every chance of taking the title.

Paired against Oughterard in the semi-finals, Strandhill are the only links club through to the last four. Tuam and Castlebar are set to meet in the second semi-final.

Tuam, managed by former Galway U-21 Gaelic football captain David Cleary, are the team to watch having won away in their East Connacht final against Portumna.

Cleary's side features his evergreen father Jimmy, who at 71 is still a formidable competitor.

TEENAGERS

The Tuam team also boasts two fast-improving teenagers.

Ross Kelly (14) has brought his handicap down to five, a loss of four shots from his 2014 starting handicap of nine.

Matthew Murphy is another fast mover in the right direction. The work on his game is paying off as he lost five shots in the last months, dropping from 13 to eight.

In Munster, it's now down to the final four in the AIG Senior Cup. Defending Munster champions Cork were beaten by the eventual South Munster winners Castlemartyr in round two.

Limerick beat local rivals Castletroy in the North final, while Doneraile came through in West Munster.

Tramore may be the team to watch in the Munster finals at Shannon in August.

Robin Dawson, the 2013 Irish Boys' champion, helped them take down Thurles in the East Munster final.

The Tramore team also features former Waterford hurling star Paul Flynn, who has transformed himself into an ultra-competitive scratch golfer since retirement from the inter-county hurling scene.

 

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