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Men reach All-Ireland Finals

Congratulations to Frank Wallace's 'Jimmy Carroll Team' on reaching the All-Ireland Finals.

 

Competition:

Jimmy Carroll Cup (qualifying)

Date & Venue:

 11th June 2014 at Edenmore

Team Score:

124 points

Team Captain:

Colin McNeill

 

Rockmount  Players

Handicap

Score

Comment

Ronnie Cole

Roy Cole

8

16

41 points

 

Andrew Mearns

Tommy Mearns

13

15

42 points

 

Alan McClune

John McGrath

8

18

 41 points

 

Gavin Martin

Bob Jellie

13

9

35 points

 

3 best cards count

 

124 points

 

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The Jimmy Carroll Cup is an All-Ireland 4ball better ball competition with some one hundred and fifty teams competing this year.  Rockmount have been through to the provincial final at Edenmore on several occasions in recent years but never progressed beyond it. The team was without its captain Frank Wallace – off in sunnier climes – and Colin McNeill stood in.  The course looked great in the sun. We had our scones and coffee, nicely set up to us in the clubhouse, were made welcome by Mick Concannon, the Tournament Director, the statutory team photo was taken and the mood was relaxed - except for Bob who takes his golf very seriously and was doing his usual pre match preparation. I think we all expected another day at the office and the talk was of doing our best to keep scoring whatever our fortunes. Bangor or Ballymena were pronounced ‘the most likely’ by those spectators that knew about these things.  But we had two aces, a pair of brothers on our side: Ronnie and Roy, Andrew and Tommy, a recently established pairing of 48 points reputation in Alan and John and Gavin Martin of great renown playing with Bob. Things did not go smoothly all the way and the pairs, particularly the Cole brothers, had to work hard to recover from a weak start.  But they all kept their heads down looking for every point they could and in the end came in somewhat surprised (I think) to find themselves 9 points ahead of Ballymena with Ballyclare (112) and Bangor (109) even further adrift.  This was another great performance by the team who now head for the Westmanstown Golf Club on Monday 14th July – the first ever team from the gents club to reach an All-Ireland final.