Teams representing Roscommon Golf Club won two provincial titles in the Connacht senior finals which were played in Castlebar last weekend. A big crowd of club members/supporters travelled to cheer the Roscommon teams on over Saturday and Sunday and the weather didn’t disappoint, with perfect conditions on both days.
First up on Saturday were the men’s Barton Shield (foursomes) team of Thomas Higgins and Cian O’Connor and Allan Hill and Simon Walker who defeated a very strong Galway Golf Club side by four holes to qualify for the All-Ireland finals in Tramore in September. The young Roscommon team played some superb golf to close out the win. It is the first time since 1985 that Roscommon Golf Club has won this Connacht title at senior level.
Thomas Higgins and Cian O’Connor won their match by five holes while Allan Hill and Simon Walker came from four down to reduce the margin to one before the match was called in on the 17th hole. Both pairs played some marvellous golf, with superb putting and approach play a feature. Phelim Henry was the non-playing captain of the Roscommon team.
Then on Sunday the Roscommon ladies team of Olivia Costello (who won on the 14th), Paula Quinn, Ruth Lennon, Sinead Benedetti and Blaithin O’Brien defeated Athenry in the Senior Cup final. It was a superb display from the Roscommon women who were captained by Annie Timothy. They now go on to the All-Ireland finals later in the year.
There was no luck for the senior men’s team on Sunday as they went down to Athenry in the Senior Cup final. The Roscommon team, captained by Phelim Henry, was Thomas Higgins, Cian O’Connor (who won 5 & 4), Tommy Grehan, Enda Daly and David Hill. Roscommon were down 3-1 when the final game was called in on the 16th with Enda Daly one up. The loss of Simon Walker and Allan Hill who were representing Ireland at the World Universities Championships in Italy was a severe blow to the team on Sunday.