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Magnificent McNamaras clinch crown after a tough final tussle

By David Mason

Published 04/10/2016

Paul and Don McNamara walked off with the top prize in the IIBA's Master's Pairs at the Watson Stadium (stock photo)
Paul and Don McNamara walked off with the top prize in the IIBA's Master's Pairs at the Watson Stadium (stock photo)

Paul and Don McNamara walked off with the top prize in the IIBA's Master's Pairs at the Watson Stadium.

The Spa Golf club nephew and uncle combination emerged from a starting grid of 72 pairs to become only the third winners of the prestigious title.

It proved to be a great start to the indoor season for Don, who will take charge of the Ireland team for the first time in the 2016 Home Internationals at Bromsgrove next month. "It was tough going, but we enjoyed it," he said after beating Dayne Jordan and Malcolm Cunningham in the final.

IIBA Masters Pairs

Quarter finals: D Jordan, M Cunningham bt T Mulholland, C Dillon 9-4; J Beattie, P Beattie bt M McCloskey, M McNicholl 7-4; R Mackin, N Haire bt M Wilson, A Paul 8-4; P McNamara, D McNamara bt D Pedan, P Reid 10-8.

Semi finals: D Jordan, M Cunningham bt J Beattie, P Beattie 12-7; P McNamara, D McNamara bt R Mackin, N Haire 12-3.

Final: P McNamara, D McNamara bt D Jordan, M Cunningham 7-6.

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