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By Peter Hutcheon

Malone produced their own version of the generation game when Andy Montgomery carded a stunning final hole par to bring the Bulmers Irish Junior Cup back to Belfast for the first time since 1923.

With GUI honorary treasurer Rollo McClure as his caddie, the 59-year-old blasted two woods just shot of the 18th green and then sank a six-footer for par to secure a one hole win over Mairtin O Cearra and Malone's 3.5 to 1.5 victory over a brave Oughterard side.

It took a real numbers man like McClure to explain the significance of Malone's achievement which came about through a mixture of youth and experience.

“Andy, Barry Brennan and Jan Gilbert are all in their 50s. But we also had a 17-year old stalwart in Danny McCrea who won 5 and 3 today and 7 and 5 yesterday,” said Rollo.

“He was level par yesterday and approximately one under today so he was undoubtedly one of the rocks of the team.”

Brennan (56) was a secret weapon of sorts having won the Ulster Professional Championship in the mid-1970s before being reinstated as an amateur, while former Senior Cup player Gilbert was unbeaten in the seven matches he played throughout the series.

The generation game was completed by Gilbert's 79-year old father Rodney, who provided an experienced hand on the bag of teenager McCrea.

Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell is playing a special match at Portstewart this evening in memory of his friend Aaron Lundy.

He was a talented amateur golfer who died suddenly on September 18, 1999 aged 19 years of age.

“He was a local lad from Portstewart and we grew up together

playing golf as far as playing for Ulster,” explained McDowell.

“We played together for Ulster in the 1996 Inter-provincials and we were good friends.

“He was a fit lad who loved sport but collapsed and died playing football when he was a very young man.

“For this anniversary of his death we wanted to do something a little bit different and I am delighted his family are involved in the event.”

The match is a fourball with McDowell, David Jones and amateurs Stuart Kyle and Paul Cutler.

The event is being staged to help raise funds for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.

There will also be some memorabilia up for grabs at an auction later in the day to raise some much needed funds for CRY.

McDowell has also agreed to become a patron of CRY.

The match will be followed by a fundraising dinner in Portstewart Golf Club.

Strabane's Helen Jones slipped down the field disappointingly in the final round of the British Senior Women’s Championship at Pyle and Kenfig on the South Wales coast yesterday.

Everything went wrong for the former Irish international on this demanding links course and she ended up taking a 13-over-par 87 to add to her 75 and 80 of the previous two days for a 242 aggregate.

That gave her a share of eighth place, 10 strokes behind new champion Vicki Thomas.

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