Woodbrook end 73-year wait for FBD Barton Cup
Woodbrook is a club steeped in history and it was fitting that their great links with the past were celebrated last weekend as they beat Headfort to claim the FBD Barton Cup for the first time since 1943.
Trailing 3-2 after the first leg at Headfort, the team managed by Ciaran O'Kelly and Michael Hughes came through in style to win the return 4-1 in front of their loyal supporters for a 6-4 overall triumph.
The enthusiastic gallery included Paddy Moran, whose father Jim played in the Woodbrook team that won the Barton Cup 73 years ago.
Perhaps he was smiling down from above.
"Although the poor weather delayed the start of the golf, as the day went on the weather improved," team manager Hughes remarked afterwards. "And as Ronnie Allen sunk the final putt on the 18th green, the sun was shining over Woodbrook."
The final certainly wasn't as clear-cut as the scoreline suggests.
Woodbrook appeared to have an early advantage when they led in all five matches approaching the turn, but Headfort fought back to be level in the last three as the final came down the stretch, setting up an exciting finish.
When Woodbrook's Colm Crowley and Eoin Beecham secured the first point by 4&3, a two-hole victory for Tom Dowdall and Tom Fannin on the 18th green put the home side in command.
Headfort would not go down without a fight, though, and Brian Dunne and teenager Evan Shipp gave them hope by storming back with three back nine birdies before beating Paul O'Farrell and James Murphy on the 19th.
However, with John and Mark Tyrrell winning the fifth match on the 16th green, it was left to Phelim Moylan and Ronnie Allen to secure a nail-biting, one-hole win over Aidan Monaghan and David Burns and a historic win for Woodbrook.
FBD Barton Cup Final, Woodbrook Golf Club, Saturday, September 3
1st leg Headfort 3, Woodbrook 2
2nd leg: Woodbrook bt Headfort 4-1
Aggregate result: Woodbrook 6 Headfort 4
(Woodbrook names first)
Colm Crowley & Eoin Beecham bt Des Renehan & Kevin Fagan 4&3;
Tom Dowdall & Tom Fannin bt Lee Mulligan & Niall Walsh 1 Hole;
Paul O'Farrell & James Murphy lost to Brian Dunne & Evan Shipp 19th;
Phelim Moylan & Ronnie Allen bt Aidan Monaghan & David Burns 1 Hole;
Mark Tyrrell & John Tyrrell bt Robert Costello & Alf Martyn 3&2.