Historical Day for Castle in Paul McGinley Trophy
Saturday 22nd September was a historical day for Captain John Leonard and Castle Paul McGinley Trophy team.
Now in its sixth year Castle, the Trophy is competed for by Castle and Grange GC where both clubs are represented by the top 10 ranking players in their respective Player of the Year competitions and each Team Captain has two additional play picks. A welcome addition to this years event was the inclusion of a final pairing of the respective Club Professionals, all of whom originate from Stackstown GC, who assisted in adding points to the respective teams.
The competition is played on a Ryder Cup style format with 6 holes of fourball, 6 holes of foursomes and the final 6 holes in singles.
Castle have never won the trophy with two draws in the first two years of the event however Grange have been victors for the last 3 years.
Castle Team Captain, Joe O'Hare, was fully intent on capturing a first Castle win in this competition and ensure that Captain John Leonard ended the year with an interclub golf title to his name.
Joe made an inspired 2 picks, his son Simon and Captain John, who he paired together on the day. They secured the maximum 4 points for the team and more importantly Captain John sank the winning putt on the 18th green of his singles match to ensure the Trophy was won by Castle for the first time by 15 points to 13.
In advance of the Paul McGinley Trophy being presented to Team Captain Joe and Captain John, it was fitting that a minutes silence was observed by both teams to remember our recently departed friends Morgan Donaldson and Eugene Clinton who had strong connections with both clubs.
The history making Castle team comprised of Tom Woulfe, Brian McIntyre, Nick McAuliffe, Paul Coleman, Brendan Walsh Jr, Fergal Scully, Joe Connor, Greg Magrane, Michael Bollard, Jake Kinsella, Captain John Leonard, Sinon O'Hare, Colin Clancy and Richard Bridges.