Historic First for Spanish Point Golf Club

On Sunday 19th August 2001 at Lismore Golf Club, Spanish Point won their 1st cup and pennant winning the Munster County Clubs Cup (Town’s Cup). This cup was first played for in 1932 and is confined to Clubs with less than 18 holes. The format of the competition is 7 players representing each club, played off scratch, minimum h/cup 10. Spanish Point although celebrating its centenary in 1996 and having produced two international golfers, (PJ Leyden R.I.P and Gerry McGlennon) had never won a Munster cup or pennant.Sunday’s success has changed all this with Spanish point now holding the 2001 cup and pennant. Their path to this historic win started with a bye in the 1st round. They then defeated Abbey Feale 4/3 in the 2nd round which was played in Listowel Golf Club. They defeated Clonlara 5.5 / 1.5 in the 3rd round which was played in Dromoland Golf Club and then onto Lismore for the semi-finals and final. In the semi-final Spanish point beat Ballybeggan Park 4.5/2.5, Glengarriff had earlier defeated Templemore. In the tense nail biting final Spanish point defeated Glengarriff 4.5/2.5 amid highly emotional scenes.

In presenting the cup to Spanish point Captain Gerry O’Loughlin, Munster branch Hon match and H/Cap secretary Mick Cashman congratulated both teams for their outstanding sportsmanship and stated that golf was the winner on the day.

The following players represented the club over the tournament, Seamus Cleary, Jim Finnerty, David Fitzgerald, Michael Healy, Pat Keane, Ciaran Og MacMathuna, Aidan Moloney, David Reidy, Brendan Sexton. Team Captains were Peter Hennessy and Gerry O’Loughlin.Club Captain Gerry O’Loughlin, in accepting the cup thanked Lismore Golf Club for the excellent condition of the course; he also thanked Mick Cashman, GUI Munster Branch, all the players and caddies for their commitment for the duration of the competition. He also thanked and complemented all the opponents for their sportsmanship and friendship displayed during the competition.

 

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