Fortwilliam make it a day to savour
Fortwilliam are the new Belfast Telegraph Foursomes champions.
The pair of Gary Currie and Martin Colohan played some superb golf to easily win both their semi-final and final at the Magners Pear-sponsored event at a very damp Holywood yesterday.
They overcame Greenacres five and four in the morning before accounting for the Mahee Island team of Mervyn Marshall and Simon Halliday by the huge margin of six and five in the afternoon.
Colohan was only a late replacement in the Fortwilliam team after Currie’s original partner had to drop out because his handicap fell below the allowed level.
“But we’ve played together on different teams many times, although never in foursomes,” explained Gary.
“And I think that helped us a great deal because we know what each other’s strengths are.
“As a team we gelled very well.”
It's only the third time in their history that Fortwilliam have won the Jack Magowan trophy, the last of those victories coming 22 years ago.
“We're very proud to bring the trophy back with us and we're looking forward to defending it on home territory next year,” added Martin.
A blistering six iron from Currie on the ninth to three feet from 150 yards turned the final decisively in Fortwilliam’s favour.
That put them four up and they closed out the match on the 13th green when Currie pitched up to a couple of inches.
They were always in control of the semi-final and were three up by the time the match reached the seventh tee. The Greenacres pair Gary Carley and Phillip McKeown kept the deficit at three holes to the turn but by the 13th they were three down and the match ended on the next green.
Fortwilliam’s Colohan was full of praise for the greenstaff at Holywood.
“It was very heavy out there but the greens were fantastic all the way round,” he said.
Belfast Telegraph Foursomes Semi-finals Fortwilliam beat Greenacres five and four; Mahee Island beat City of Belfast one up.
Final: Fortwilliam beat Mahee Island six and five.
Third-place match: City of Belfast beat Greenacres five and four.