Banbridge played old rivals Warrenpoint in the first round of the Pierce Purcell Shield last Friday. Portadown was the chosen neutral venue.
Hugh and Damian Dunne were first home, winners by 4 and 2. Joe Glass and Cecil Wilson played excellent golf to win by 2 and 1.
Two wins out of two was the perfect start. Team captain, Dominic Quinn, was very pleased but he knew that Warrenpoint would fight to their last breath.
Cathal McNiff and Paul McDonald lost by one hole. Cathal’s putt on the 18th sat on the lip of the hole but refused to drop. Golf games are decided on very small margins.
Warrenpoint were still in the game as their next pair were two up with only three holes to play against Jim Matthews and Sherwin Curran.
What happened next was the stuff of dreams. It was a nightmare if you were a Warrenpoint supporter.
Jim and Sherwin won the 16th with a birdie, won the long 17th with a par, and, to crown it all, won the 18th with a five.
Banbridge had won that game by one up and the match was over.
Jonathan Kerr and Gary McCormick were called in as they stood all square playing the 18th.
Banbridge now go into the open draw, which contains the last 16 teams in Ulster.
DOUGIE AND P.J. ARE THE TOP SCORERS AT PORTADOWN
The second round of the Mid-Ulster Alliance was played at Portadown Golf Club last Wednesday.
The top four scores for Banbridge came from team captain, Dougie Stevenson (36 points), P. J. Johnston (36 points), Bobby Geddis (33 points) and Brian Parkes (32 points).
The target each round is 140 points or better. Banbridge scored 137 so they weren’t too far away.
The other four players for Banbridge at Portadown were John Hanna, Philip Strong, Jack Bickerstaff and Merton McDowell.