JIMMY BRUEN SHIELD 2019
Ireland’s amateur golf legend is commemorated by the Jimmy Bruen Shield, inaugurated in 1978 when Stackstown won the first competition. Clubs are represented by five pairs, the minimum individual handicap being 5 and the minimum combined 15.
Team Progress (newest entry first)
Our match against Royal Belfast has now been confirmed for Friday the 17th May 5-00pm tee off at Kirkistown Golf Club.
Royal Belfast progress to the next round with a 3-2 victory.
Sunday 5th May Kirkistown Castle
Sunday 6th May saw the Jimmy Bruen team head to Kirkistown for the qualifying element of the competition. The team were drawn to play with the home club and they knew this would give a great benchmark of the score required to qualify on what is one of the hardest courses in the country for the foursomes format.
The team was made up of five pairs with the best four pairs scores counting for the club. The pairs representing were:
- William McCutcheon & Nigel Carson
- Des Letman & Kyle Green
- Ryan Bennett & Ryan Hay
- Matthew McBride & Matthew MacLain
- Aaron Small & Brett Borkowski
The team were looking for a fast start but came out of the blocks very slow. In fact, after 5 holes the hopes of qualifying were hanging by a thread. The team however did dig deep and scores of 80 | 81 | 81 & 84 were the counting scores to give a total of 326 the same as the home club. The drama of the day was still to unfold.
After Kirkistown beat The Dee on countback, Bangor then delivered a score of 325 that beat both clubs by a shot pushing Dee into third. With Six teams left on the course the score was beginning to look like it wasn’t going to be enough for a top 4 position. Then when Royal Belfast came in with a great score of 319 it left the hopes of the Dee team hanging by a thread.
Scrabo were then beaten on a countback by Dee to keep them in 4th place and when the last three teams had finished the Dee boys had pulled the rabbit from the hat after the disastrous start that they had as a team. It’s now a matchplay game versus Royal Belfast at Kirkistown on a date TBA.
As is often said at these events, qualifying is the real tough bit and after that you can relax and play your golf. Here’s hoping that the Jimmy Bruen team can go on a similar or better run than their 2017 campaign when they were narrowly beaten on the last hole in the semi-final.
A successful day for the team today that sets them up for the matchplay stages. The team would like to thank the Club Captain Jim & Vice Captain Trevor for their support today as well as the other club members who turned up to help them along.