Sunday 13th July - All Ireland Father & Son Final

Sun glorious sun - Beautiful sunshine at Castle Golf Club as the final beckons.
The final of the 2019 All Ireland Father & Son was between Kevin & Matthew Commins (Cloverhill/Ardee) and Jonathan & Robert Ruttledge (Stackstown).
On the first tee Ken McDonough of Dawson Jewellers was on hand to wish both pairings best of luck while Captain Joe O'Hare joined the final as match referee.
First blood to the Commins on the second green while the Ruttledge's strike back immediately with birdie on the 3rd to bring it back friendly again.
The Ruttledge's take the 4th, they halve the fifth as the Commins bring it back all level after 6.
The Commins then win 7 and 8 to go two up and stretch their lead further on 9 and 10 to go 4 up.
The Ruttledge's tried hard to stem the tide through the loop only to lose the 13th, leaving the Commins dormy 5 up.
A fitting final between two great families as the 14th is halved leaving the Commins winning the match.
Kevin and Matthew Commins (Cloverhill/Ardee) are 2019 All Ireland Father & Son Champions.
There will be bonfires in Ardee tonight.

Hard luck on Jonathan & Robert Ruttledge on losing the final - they are worthy runners up after a great week's golf.
Congratulations to all Prize Winners.

Many thanks to all who played in the 2019 All Ireland Father & Son, to sponsors Ken & Fiona McDonough of Dawson Jewellers, to all the Castle Volunteers, the Artisans and the Juniors who helped out during the week, to John McCormack and all the Club Staff, and to the Father & Son Committee under the excellent Chairmanship of Lee Healion.

Look forward to seeing you all next year. 


Sunday 13th July - Semi Finals

Everyone turned up nice an early this morning full of excitement to a sunny Castle Golf Club.
Not much time for sleep after last night's late finish !

First up was Kevin & Matthew Commins from Cloverhill/Ardee playing Peter & Graham O'Connor from Foxrock.
The Commins went into an early lead and soon found themselves going 3 up.
Just after the turn the O'Connors started the comeback pinning them back to all square and then went 1 up after 13.
This recovery did not last too long as the Commins won 14 and 15.
The match ended on 17 with an excellent winning score for Kevin & Matthew Commins.

The second match saw Paul & Harry Bradshaw from Donabate/Portmarnock taking on Jonathan & Robert Ruttledge (Stackstown) It was nip and tuck all the way with never too much to separate the two sides.
The match started to turn in the favour of the Ruttledges when Jonathan holed a 35 foot putt on 12 to set up a win and then they followed it with a superb up and down on 13 to go 2 up.
It stayed pretty much that all the way to the finish as Jonathan & Robert Ruttledge won through to the final on 17.
 
Well done to Peter & Graham O'Connor (Foxrock) and Paul & Harry Bradshaw (Donabate/Portmarnock) on reaching the semi finals of 2019 All Ireland Father & Son, sponsored by Dawson Jewellers - no mean achievement - Well done.

And so now its on the final..................





Saturday 13th July

Saturday the 13th and unlucky for some!
Summer sunshine this evening at Castle Golf Club and plenty of flashes of brilliance on the golf course too.
Everyone who have managed to get to Saturday evening of the All Ireland Father & Son should be proud of themselves - a great achievement - well done to all.
Sadly there must be losers and thankfully we must also have winners.
Golf tonight was the real winner as each pairing battled long and hard after a long week in an effort to make the semi finals tomorrow morning.
European Tour Player Shane Lowry even dropped in this evening to spend a little time on the practice ground before he embarks on his quest later in the week to win the Claret Jug and he was most impressed with the golf played and marvelled at how well some of the younger players were hitting class shots.
Remarkably we still have 6 clubs represented in the semi - finals
Tee off in the morning is at 9.20 am - so get to bed early as we want to see you all here bright and early.
No matter happens tomorrow we will have a new name on the trophy.


Friday 12th July

Friday night at Castle Golf Club, All Ireland Father & Son and the round of sixteen - where else would you want to be!

Michael & Mark Bollard (Castle) who were due to fly to Spain for holidays this morning were very happy that they cancelled their plans as they have progressed to the Quarter Finals after winning their match on the 18th with Marc & Martin Judge (Stackstown/Edmonstown). They will play Kevin & Matthew Commins (Coverhill/Ardee) who beat Bryan & Karl O'Neill (Killiney/Woodbrook)

Derek & John Maguire (Foxrock) also advanced to the quarter finals after winning on the 19th in a keenly fought match with Allen & Sean Holmes (Edmonstown) and will now play Paul & Harry Bradshaw (Donabate/Portmarnock) who overcame Castle's Jim & Fergal Moran.

Eamon & Gary O'Doherty (Castle) won the battle of the night as the emerged victorious on the 20th hole against Vincent & Lloyd O'Rourke (Naas), last years runners up. They will now cross swords tomorrow with Peter & Graham O'Connor (Foxrock) who advanced after a great tussle with John & Sean Benton (Rosslare/Castle).

Jonathan & Robert Ruttledge (Stackstown) had a closely fought match with Kevin & Sean Harty (Woodbrook) and will now face Tony & Rory O'Shea (Elm Park) who won on 18 in their match which was played in true sporting manner against Jim & Jack Liston (St Annes/Black Bush).

Tonight we had birdies galore - great bunker shots and matches played in great spirit and comradery - we even came close to two holes in one - both on the 13th as Harry Bradshaw and John Maguire went close.

There are now eight different clubs represented in the quarter finals with two pairings from Foxrock at either side of the draw, while Castle also have two pairings remaining.
Who knows what might happen tomorrow !!
One thing is certain - there will be four pairings left after tomorrow night !
Who will it be ??

If you want to see some great golf tomorrow why not pop down to Castle and provide some support.






Thursday 11th July

A difficult day for many as the players returned to Castle Golf Club to complete their second round matches after the rain delay from Wednesday.

Match of the night involved two Castle pairings as a good crowd witnessed some great golf with Michael & Mark Bollard overcoming past Champions John & Scott Williams. Both pairings played excellent golf all through this match as it finished on 18. 

Tony & Rory O'Shea (Elm Park) produced a sparkling display of golf as they knocked out Peter & Bryan Greene (Holywood) - who certainly win the prize for the longest drive travelling up and down from Belfast each day.
Another all Castle match resulted in Jim & Fergal Moran beating Shane & Cillian Daly.
Young Jonathan Ruttledge (Stackstown) played a marvellous second shot onto the green on the par 5 19th hole to set up a winning birdie as he and his Dad ( Robert) won their match with Andrew & Cameron Baird (Castle)

The 3rd round matches will now be played on Friday with quarter finals on Saturday.
Semi finals and Final will be played on Sunday.

Friday is now the round of sixteen and there are some terrific matches in store.
Why not drop down and support your own favourites.


Wednesday 10th July
Round Two of the 2019 All Ireland Father & Son, sponsored by Dawson Jewellers, unfolded, as the players arrived with great enthusiasm and ready for action for tonight's play which commenced for all in decent sunshine.

Sadly, around 19.00 hours the heavens opened as the rain poured down over the course flooding the greens.

The Tournament Committee under the fine stewardship of Chairman Lee Healion were left with no choice and made the right decision to suspend play for the night.

All second round matches will re-commence at 19.00 pm tomorrow night, Thursday 11th July 2019 and players are asked to be in position at 18.45 pm, where ever play ended tonight.

Two matches were successful in terms of completion with Vincent & Lloyd O'Rourke (Naas) beating Robert & Gavin Fox (Ballyliffin/St Margarets) while Castle's Eamonn & Gary O'Doherty overcoming Patrick & Stephen Cowzer (Newlands) to advance to the third round which will be played on Friday.

A few statues out the front door tonight and play should be okay for tomorrow.
All are welcome to attend and support. 



Tuesday 9th July
A warm and balmy evening at Castle Golf Club which was accompanied by some excellent golf.

Andrew & Cameron Baird (Castle) came out winners in a great tussle with Paul & Brian Dunne (Headfort). The spectators for this match included Ryan Baird just back from his successful trip to Argentina with Ireland for the Under 20 Rugby World Cup.
Well done Ryan - you might have to work hard on your golf in the next year to win back your place on the family team !
Brian and Sam Whitaker (Elm Park) ended the fairy tale that Joe O'Hare and his son Simon (Castle) had dreamed for, in his year of Captaincy at the host club.
Fortune shone a little brighter for Vice Captain Jim Pender (Castle) and his son Conor as they won out on the 18th against Eddie & Stephen Connaughton (Killeen Castle/Hermitage). Eddie is the club agronomist - on this occasion his detailed knowledge of the course got him to the 18th but not enough to cross the winning line..
Kevin & Sean Harty (Woodbrook) won an epic encounter on the 20th against Shay & Paul Keogh (Woodbrook).

Wednesday will see all remaining pairings on the course for what looks set up to be a thrilling day's golf.
Look forward to seeing you all !

Monday 8th July
The Irish Open in Lahinch was a truly spectacular event and tonights first round at Castle Golf Club in the Dawson Jewellers sponsored All Ireland Father & Son matched up to it.
Jim & Dara Mulready (Castle) took last year's finalists to the 20th hole before Vincent & Lloyd O'Rourke (Naas) won out. This match was notable for the terrific golf played by young Dara Mulready at 12 years of age - a true golf star in the making.
Michael & Mark Bollard (Castle) won the battle of the Synge Street Boys when winning their match with Simon & Peter Murray (Castle).
Past Champions John & Scott Williams (Castle) also won through to the next round with a fine win against John & Paul Canniffe (Elm Park/Rathfarnham).
Roll on Tuesday


Sunday 7th July
All scores to 77 qualified from today plus Michael & Andrew Murphy on 77.5.
We now look forward to the matchplay stages on the competition which commence with the first round on Monday and Tuesday.
Saturday 6th July
All scores to 77 plus The Bradshaws on 77.5 qualified today.
Friday 5th July
Good weather is forecast for All-Ireland Father & Son Qualifying weekend and the course is in fantastic condition.
We wish all our Father & Son pairs playing on Saturday and Sunday the very best of luck.