IRISH MIXED FOURSOMES CHALLENGE CUP
Having started in 1972 as a competition between clubs in Connacht and Leinster, the Irish Mixed Foursomes has evolved into a National event, and is now in its 40th year as Ireland’s only Mixed event at adult level. With entries exceeding 325 clubs each year, there is immense competition within clubs to secure a place on the club Mixed team. Club panels generally include up to 12 men, and 12 women, all competing for a place on the ten-person team, made up of five pairings. This means at the start of each season there are almost 8,000 men and women involved in the Irish Mixed Foursomes hoping to reach the National Finals.
Our team captains for 2019 are Brett Borkowski and Fiona McGhee who will be looking for golfers to represent the Club in the qualifying event at Clandeboye (over the Ava course) on Sunday, 19th May. The team will tee off from 11.20am in the company of Helen’s Bay and Royal Belfast. Competing pairs cannot have a combined handicap lower than 19, with handicaps based on the previous calendar year – providing they returned at least four qualifying cards. Could any member interested in representing the club in this competition please contact Brett (07515941387). Ladies can contact Fiona (07971859297).
Team Progress (newest items first)
Irish Mixed Foursomes Qualifying
Clandeboye Ava 19th May
Teeing off at 11.20 the Dee team took to the tight fairways of the Ava looking to qualify for this year’s knockout stages. The message the team shared before teeing off was simply have fun and never give up no matter how bad the hole or round is going. Every shot will count.
With Andy Clegg suffering a back injury the day prior there was a last-minute change to the line-up with Brett stepping in to the first pair alongside Anne.
The Dee pair looked to have got off to a shaky start after Brett’s tee shot went left off the first and Anne had to hit a provisional off with the crowds gathered around. Luckily the ball was found and after escaping from the trees having played 3 shots a majestic 4th approach shot from Anne allowed Brett the chance to hole an 8-footer for an unlikely 5 and the Dee team were off and running before parring the tough par 5 second.
Mark & Fiona parred the first however found trouble at the second. Getting the least shots in the team this could have caused them some issues but they bounced back with pars at 3, 4 and 5.
The third pair saw Alan and Rhona start off strong and produce an outstanding front 9 which finished with Alan hitting a great tee shot into the heart of the par 4 9th to set up an eagle opportunity which delivered a lovely birdie to finish the front 9.
Ryan & Lorna came next and despite some bad bounces & bad luck they battled away to keep the card in play. Both experienced players knowing the importance of having all 5 cards going into the back nine.
Meanwhile the last pair Nigel & Carol were doing what they do best. Consistent steady golf and backstopping the team fantastically well knowing it could come down to them given that they were the last group on the course.
As the team moved into the back 9 they were going steadily along and the opportunity to qualify was definitely on.
Anne & Brett overcame trouble at the 11th to post a 72.5. Some fantastic play from Anne kept the pair going to post that score.
Meanwhile behind them Alan & Rhona continued to excel with some great play bringing in the team’s best score and one of the best of the day overall with a 68.5.
After their early mishap at the second. The third pair of Mark & Fiona dug deep to score a 72.5. A great score for the team after the second hole. Fantastic recovery.
This put the Dee team on the verge of qualifying. Ryan & Lorna had kept their card alive and played to the crowd at 18 when they holed from off the green.
By now all eyes were on the last pair with news filtering through from Gerald Bunting that they were still playing super golf and were +12 playing 17 and getting 13 shots. Calmness personified Carol produced a superb second shot out of the trees at 17 onto the front of the green and when the tricky par putt came her way it was duly knocked in.
By this point the Dee team knew that a 5 at the last was going to be good enough to seal the top qualifying spot. However, after a perfect approach to the last, Carol duly hit another great putt to leave Nigel the simplest of tap ins for a net 69. This gave the Dee team a total of 282.5 ahead of home club Clandeboye on 284.