It’s two in a row for formidable Fortwilliam
Fortwilliam are the 2010 Belfast Telegraph Foursomes champions. And the team of Martin Colohan and Gary Currie have become the first pair ever to successfully win the Jack Magowan Trophy back-to-back.
The Fortwilliam boys, who won the final 12 months ago at Holywood, this time overcame a strong challenge by Donaghadee at Farnham Estate in Co Cavan.
For the first time this year, the finals and semi-finals were held over a weekend away with all the players staying over in between the matches.
Fortwilliam beat Blackwood three and one in their semi-final in which they were never behind.
Donaghadee saw off Lurgan three and one in the other semi-final, with Blackwood winning the third-place play-off, one up.
“We were up early in the semi-final and ran out fairly convincing winners, but the final was completely different,” said Currie.
“We made a slow start and were two down after two, but we fought back well and managed to hang on for the win in the end.”
Donaghadee’s Ryan Hay says that, although they were four up after 11 holes in their semi-final, they were made to fight all the way by Lurgan.
“We lost three in a row and were only one up by the 15th and they had a putt to go all square on the next but missed it and we were able to close out the match on the 17th,” said Hay.
“The standard of that match
wasn’t great — it was bogey golf, really, but in the final it was definitely par golf.
“To be fair, they played some great golf when it counted to come through in the end. But it was a fantastic weekend for everyone involved. The course is just fantastic — the tees are in better conditions than the greens on a lot of courses.
“Each hole has its own character and it’s still very young and developing, so it should be in even better shape next year.
“I’d just like to thank the Telegraph, Posnett Golf, and sponsors the Golf Centre as well as the Radisson Blu at Farnham Estate.”
Colohan’s four-wood was the Fortwilliam pair’s secret weapon in the final.
After losing the first couple of holes, they limited the damage and then got back to within one hole with his 200-yard tee-shot to within 20 feet with Currie holing the birdie putt.
After halving the ninth in par fives, they won the tenth with a nine iron to eight feet.
Colohan again wielded his four-wood to great effect on the 11th, hitting it to five feet as Fortwilliam took the lead for the first time.
The 12th saw them go two up which they won with a bogey as Donaghadee found the bunker off the tee at the 193-yard par three.
But they hit back to get within a shot again at the 15th with a birdie four at the 566-yard hole.
And they were level after the 16th when Colohan found the bunker after Donaghadee had hit an iron approach into 15 feet.
A brilliant chip to four feet by Currie at the 17th saw Fortwilliam go one up again and it came down to a putting competition on the last as Donaghadee lipped out with their birdie effort, leaving Fortwilliam two for the match from 20 feet.
“Gary played solidly for the whole match and didn’t miss a fairway in the final,” said Colohan.
“We didn't really play our best on the front nine and it was Gary who said to me that we were the defending champions and we were still in it.
“From there we played some really good golf to come back and win it. We’ll definitely be back to defend the title again next year.”