Christy Broe Scratch Cup - Karl's win seals a memorable day

The 1st staging of the Christy Broe Scratch Cup took place on Sunday and despite the best efforts of the weater to spoil the day. It was a truly memorable one for the club. 

Christy pictured at the start of Proceedings at the 1st Tee box.

On a bright & breezy sunny morning play got underway at 08.30 (30 minutes earlier than the normal start time). David, Agnes Redmond & Brendan Fitzpatrick are no strangers to the early morning Sunday slot and by the time they teed off the 1sy shots, Stephen Murray had given the greens a fresh cut, a new sign to mark the new event was on display on the 1st tee box and the main man Christy was here to greet the players as they started their rounds. Although the numbers were slow to increase, the early scoring was pretty good, Brendan Fitzpatrick indeed started with a 49 and that would be matched by Paul McGreal and RGSC John Lawlor. Conditions though were tough and the wind was blowing hard. The next big mover was RGSC Junior Smith who shot an impressive 46 to forge ahead. By this stage Brendan Fitzpatrick was finishing round 2 and fresh from his win at the Over 55 event on Wednesday he finished with a score of -9. This was to lead for a good 40 minutes until Chris Gallagher the runner up in 2016 was to add a 46 to his earlier 50 and posted a formidable 96. Junior though continued his fine form with a 49 and re-established the lead on 95 (-13). By this stage the ever improving Karl Murphy was on the course and playing with his good friend and opponent in the recent club matchplay Gary McGreal. Both hit the ground running and with rounds of 46 and 47 propelled them into condition. 

There was just a handful of ladies in action but Vera Glennong played alongside Gary and Karl and her score of 56 was the best by quite a distance in the ladies section. Ryston's Joe Deegan a regular supporter of our scratch cup was the sole junior playing but he was to be joined by our own Patrick Charles who hoped to better Joe score of +20. Brendan score of -9 was holding firm in the Inter event, Liam Comerford and conor O'Shea had promising starts but faded in the 2nd round, by contrast David Redmond was hugely impressive in his 2nd round of 47 to finish on 105. Christy too was on the course but his 1st round score of 60 meant it was unlikely Christy would be winning his cup, however Christy was fulfilling a much bigger role than simply playing today.  On the OC players, Stephen Power added a 48 to his 52 and he too was in the mix with 100. Kevin Bermingham a regular in the final 18 at the scratch cup started with a 48. 

Junior Smith having lead now for over an 1 hour was to be caught as Gary McGreal and Karl added scores of 47 and 48 and both were tied on -14. The players were not arriving from some of the country clubs with the likes of Willie Buckley Junior, Sean Goggins, George Beardsley and Lakeside Brian Cahill arriving. The holder too Tom O'Reilly made an early statement with a 45 and brother Liam fres from a win in the singles added a 50. Gerry Clarges was looking to challenge long time Inter leader Brendan Fitzpatrick and he started well with a 47 to lie 2 behind. Tom Balfe too with a 50 gave himself a chance. Pauline now was the only realistic challenger to Vera Glennon's imprressive 112 and with Pauline shooting a 56 she had given her self a chance. In the Gents Juniors, Richie Walsh from Trim had equalled Patrick Charles score of 62 and it was all to pay for. 

The Senior event was hotting up Kevin Bermingham finished on -11 and in the final three ball, Stephen Murray shot a 48 and George McGreal a 47. The cut was curently at -7 for the play-off but despite incessant rain we were still seeing some great scores. Sean Goggins with a 48 and 50's from Jim McLaighlin and Jay Larkin gave them a shout as did the 50 from George Beardsley. Karl & Gary were still leading and althogh Sean Goggins got to -12 and Jim & Jay finished on -10, they looked like they would lead going into play-off, however George Mcgreal in last 3 ball, added a 46 to his earlier 47 and was new leader at -15. The cut would come at -9 and Stephem Murray woild miss out on back 18, however with 6 players from OC in the final 12, hopes were high of a home winner. 

In the Inters, Gerry could just add a 54 to his 47 and sadly Tom B faded in the 2nd round. Brendan from early morning had withstood all challengers and won the Inter Prize. 

In the Junior it was shootout between Richie and Patrick Charles "Charlie" added a 60 to his earlier 63 but it wasn't to enough and Richie fresh from win in the single event won it by 3 shots to claim the top Junior prize. 

In the ladies it was a nailbitting finish and Pauline with a 57 was edged by a shot by Vera in a great event. Vera winner in the Over 55, the Singles and now the scratch cup was enjoying a memorable weekend. 

In the play-off that got underway after 17.45. Liam O'Reilly & George Beardsley got us underway. Liam performed well with a 51 but George played really well to add a 2nd score of 49 and put in early claim for final 18. This claim was then trumped by Jay Larkin with his 49. Jim McLaughlin found the third round one too many but was delighted to make the Final round after a break from the game. Kevin Bermingham and Tom were paired in round 3 and both played well with Kecin adding a 49 and Tom with the best final 18 so far a 48. Kevin was once again left to rue his bogey's on the back nine. Tom too was dissappointed with his 2nd round of 52 which left him with too much to do in the play-off. 

The pairing of Chris Gallagher and Sean Goggins both played really well and their matching scores of 47 was not by any stretch a fair return on the chances they created, Sean with a better back nine was to hold the edge although both finished on -19. 

The penultimate pairing was the key one Junior Smith could not get the ball in the hole and was dissappointed with his 52, but Karl Murphy in the mix less than 2 weeks ago at the Dublin Scratch Cup made no mistake this time, he was -3 after 4 and he built and build and despite a bogey on 17, he finished in style with a long birdies and his impressive 45 propelled him to -23. George & Gary had it all to do and both played really well, Gary had a 6 on one hole but recovered superbly and GEorge was left to rue some missed chance. George's 47 left him one shy of Karl and Gary too was a further shot back from George. A 1-2-3 for old county in the inaugral scratch cup, the perfect outcome for Christy. 

In the speeches President Paul was wholesome in his praise for Christy who has been an ever present and diligent worker in our club through the years. He also said club was fortunate to have Christy as a member. Christy understanbly emotional and with wife Irene and son Christopher and grand son Jack in attendence spoke of his thrill and delight when captain Harry suggested the renaming of the scratch cup in his honour. He remembered how Old County were one of the 1st to introduce one and the role it has played down through the years in the succes of Old County players. He remembered his strong relationship with Peg & John Smith who were in attendence and the wonderful work Stephen Murray has done on the course to make it the championship course it is. Karl on receiving his 1st scratch cup spoke of his delight on the 1st one being the Old County one and in honour of Christy and he thanked Vera, Gary and Junior who helped him so much, he welcomed Irene as well to the club. All told a huge amount of love, respect and appreciation of a great man in our club. Christy shows a touch of class in all he does in Old County and Sunday very much was another example of this. A terrific end to a wonderful day and we hope to see many more of these days and hopefully next time the sun who did eventually arrive for the play-offs might actually shine all day long next time. Thanks to all who supported us and those who could not be here on the day but were still keen to show their support in honour of the great Christy. 

Christy Broe Scratch Cup 2019

Winner: Karl Murphy  139 

Runner up: George McGreal 140

Third: Gary McGreal 141

Final 18: Sean Goggins (McBride)  47 (0.b.9)

Inter Winner: Brendan Fitzpatrick 99

Junior winner: Richie Walsh ( Trim) - 120

Ladies Winner: Vera Glennon 112

Winner: Karl Murphy

Runner up: George McGreal

Third Place: Gary McGreal 

Gents Junior Winner: Richie Walsh (Trim)

Ladies Winner: Vera Glennon

Christy pictured with winner Karl & wife Irene, son Christopher and grandson Jack. 



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