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A match that was a fitting tribute to Fred Perrys memory.
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What a memorable match in Stackstown and Ballinascorney last night! If anyone was to forsake the two best matches in Euro 2020 then this golf match would have been the right option.

Twenty men went toe to toe from the very first tee until, in one match, the 19th green, while two matches went to 18 and one to 17. It became so tense two prominent, but unnamed, lady members were driven to drink on the course!

Ballinascorney was the away team with three matches in Stackstown and two at home. The pressure is always on the home matches as there is the expectation of home wins. That expectation fell on Ger and Liam Redmond and Jim Kennedy and Eamonn Clifford.

Ger and Liam got off to a bright start winning the second hole. However, two birdies from our visitors turned the match and the twins had to dig deep. But dig they did and went all square on the par three 6th. With the adrenaline flowing the lads were one up on the 9th tee. Up to that point Liam had felt that Ger should run the show since it was Liams turn the last time out. But after eight holes of fraternal sufference he said stuff that. An excellent drive and a short tactical lay up to just shy of the green was perfection personified. Then he executed a gentle wedge over the bunker, perfectly weighted to the centre of the cup for a hole winning birdie three.

Jim and Eamonn were in a real battle. One down early on, a feature of this match were the number of character building putts needed to claim halves, from both teams. It became a real rollercoaster of emotions very quickly. Again though all square at the turn, but the drama was only building.

Over in Stackstown, Larry and Tom A were having it tough as the opposition sprinted out of traps from the 1st hole. But as is their wont the two lads were battling for every shot and every hole.

The other two matches were more cagey as the front nine progressed but Captain Jimmy and Fergal forged ahead and turned two up after nine.

Neil and Martin were all square turning but took 10 with some brilliant iron golf to move into pole position. Another win on 11 and Stackstown were looking vulnerable. But this match had more twists than the Davidsons garden hose and Stackstown fought back ferociously to halve both matches through 14 and 13.

Back home Ger and Liam were also facing a fightback as their lead was cut in half on 12. But another majestic tee shot from Ger to the back of the green on 15 set up a super par and a match defining win. With the two hole lead intact down the 16th the lads closed out the match on 17. A titanic struggle between four players in fine form.

Jim and Eamonn were struggling past the turn and went two down early doors. Fighting for every shot they were denied vital points with halves on 12, 13 and 14 but as it proved in the earlier match 15 became crucial. Still two down Jim hit a beautiful tee shot to pin high left of the green. Eamonn was just 20 yards shorter but with a perfect line into the pin. Stackstown were short left and short right and and struggled to get down in four and five. Eamonn took the point with a great up and down and it was game on again. Two more fine drives on 16 and both of the lads took the initiative on the fairway. A brilliant win set up a grandstand finish. The 17th went to Stackstown with a monster putt and the lads were one down going down 18. But defeat is a four letter for these guys. Eamonn was short right off the tee, but a brilliant five wood finished about 20 yards left of the green. A brilliant chip to six feet shifted all the pressure back to the opposition, and it proved crucial. When you have two putts, take them, and that is exactly what Eamonn did for a marvellous win and a trip up the 19th.

Back in Stackstown Larry and TomA had unfortunately run out of holes after a brilliant battle. But by this time Captain Jimmy and Fergal were on the way up the 18th and has nudged one ahead. They holed out for a tremendous and a crucial away win. Behind them Neil and Martin were one up coming off the 17th. If you were Paddy Power you would be giving low odds on Neil and Martin surrendering a point at that stage, and they duly closed out the match with a brilliant half, a second away point and a memorable victory for Ballinascorney. With darkness descending back home the last match was called in.

A superb performance from each and every player, its not often clubs win two points away and especially not in Stackstown. Congratulations to all of the players and to the management team, Tim and Tom.

The Lady Captain has not been informed of the alcohol on the course!

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