City are small club with sights on big prize
City of Belfast are desperately hoping for a final showdown with neighbours Greenacres at the Magners Pear sponsored Belfast Telegraph Foursomes at Holywood on Sunday.
The two County Antrim clubs are surprise semi-finalists in this year’s competition and were kept apart when the draw was made after last weekend’s second round.
The nine-hole City of Belfast — which was until recently known as Mallusk — play Mahee Island, while Greenacres will take on Fortwillam in the other last-four match. Play gets underway at 8am and the final will follow.
City of Belfast’s Jonny McDowell, says his club may be one of the smallest to have entered the competition, but they are ambitious for the future.
“It’s quite an achievement to have reached this stage of the competition — it’s the furthest we’ve ever got,” said McDowell.
Hopefully we can go one further and take on Greenacres in the final. We’re due to play them for the Patterson Trophy, a competition between the two clubs, so it would be great to beat them and take this title first.”
Six-handicapper McDowell, and his partner David Startin, who plays off eight, beat Bangor pair Paul Wimpress and Michael Elborn 2 and 1 to reach the finals.
Earlier they saw off Rockmount in a convincing 4 and 3 win.
Greenacres’ team of Gary Carley and Phillip McKeown saw off Tandragee two-up in the first round and then accounted for Lisburn in the quarter-final.
Mahee Island were the most convincing of the quarter-final winners, the team of Mervyn Marshall and Simon Halliday seeing off Len Murray and Terry Hayes from Mourne four and three.
Fortwilliam pair Gary Currie and Martin Colohan turned their quarter-final match around over the closing holes.
The teams will be playing for the Jack Magowan Trophy in memory of the Telegraph’s former golf correspondent who died in April.