Dublin University Golfing Society
DUGS V DUGC
Venue: Portmarnock GC
Match Captain DUGS: Jonathan O’Driscoll
Match Captain Opposition: Cian Gilmore
Match Format: Foursomes
1. Conor O’Mara & Mateo Crowley V Cian Gilmore & Gavin Hoey (1 up)
2. Barry Conway & Ruairi Kennelly (4&3) V Niamh O’Dwyer & Kate Lanigan
3. Conor Stone & Jonathan O’Driscoll (2up) V Eoin O’Doherty & Odhran Maguire
4. Harry McHugh & Alan Hopkins (3&2) V Aidan Quigley & Alex Flynn
5. Tim O’Connell & John Conway (Jnr) (5&3) V Peter Byrne & Mikey Ronayne
DUGS 4 DUGC 1
1. Ruairi Kennelly & Jonathan O’Driscoll V Eoin O’Doherty & Gavin Hoey (3&2)
2. Harry McHugh & Alan Hopkins (2&1) V Aidan Quigley & Mikey Ronayne
3. John Conway (Jnr) & Mateo Crowley (3&1) V Peter Byrne & Alex Flynn
4. Tim O’Connell & Conor O’Mara V Cian Gilmore & Kate Lanigan (1 up)
5. Barry Conway & Conor Stone V Niamh O’Dwyer & Odhran Maguire (4&3)
DUGS 2 DUGC 3
Result: DUGS 6 – DUGC 4
A beautiful morning greeted us on our arrival in Portmarnock and despite one broken down car and a few groggy heads the student arrived on time with all 10 players. A welcome improvement on last year!
Having been starved of victory since 2006 the DUGS had come close in recent years under the leadership of Darragh Garrahy and had tied the last three matches. Darragh did a wonderful job as president of DUGC and Weir Cup match manager. A big thank you on behalf of the society and the club.
The students were led by Captain Cian Gilmore. Star player Eoin Sullivan was unfortunately unavailable for the fixture as he was competing in the R&A Student tour series in Spain which he won with a magnificent eagle on the first play-off hole. Current Irish international Kate Lanigan was available and showed her class throughout the day.
Despite Captain Cian leading his team to victory in the first match of the morning the DUGS played well and by halfway enjoyed a commanding 4-1 lead. An extremely confident speech at lunch from match manager Jonathan O’Driscoll followed but the DUGS had blown a few leads in recent years and knew all too well that it was far from over. The games continued at lunch and the grads made sure that the students had their unfair share of red wine.
A very close afternoon session followed but in the end, experience prevailed and the DUGS clenched the Weir Cup for the first time in 16 years.
Thank you to Captain Cian and Portmarnock GC for hosting. We look forward to defending next year.