Date posted: Sunday September 22nd
Updated: 1 October 2019, 5:19pm
KILLINEY WIN 2019 BLOOM CUP !
Killiney 5 Newlands 5. Killiney win on 19th hole.
An afternoon of the highest drama saw Killiney GC win the Bloom Cup for the first time since 1977 with a tie hole victory against Newlands GC. After winning the away leg by 3 matches to 2, many thought that the return match at home would be a formality for the Killiney team. However Newlands had clearly done some tough preparation during the week, and started all 5 matches in a very positive manner. Paul Phelan and John Quinn settled the home nerves by taking the top match, but there then followed 3 quick wins by Newlands which left the outcome of the trophy in the hands of Declan Morrissey and David Mountjoy. 2 up after the 12th hole, and in total control of the game, their match dramatically swung back in favour of Newlands, who drew level with some inspired play. Needing to win the 18th hole to take the match into extra time, it fell to Declan Morissey to hole a 6 foot putt to keep the match alive. Much to the delight of the 200 plus people in the crowd,his putt found the centre of the hole and the Bloom Cup would be decided in extra holes. The 19th hole was just as dramatic, with David Mountjoy's 7 iron approach shot to 12 feet proving to be the match winning shot.
Congratulations to all the players who played in the matches up to and including the final. Well done to Team Captains Conrad Lyons and Ronan MacGiollaPhadraig, who planned every step of the campaign with military precision. And a big thank you to the many supporters, both young and old, who came out in huge numbers to see the Bloom Cup return to Killiney.
The Cup & Pennant currently taking Pride of Place on Our Mantlepiece