Ollie Moran inspired his Limerick team to Shannon Airport Cup glory against a Clare side lead by Brian Lohan on the slopes of Costa del Sol recently.
Former hurling All-Stars, Ollie Moran & Brian Lohan went toe to toe at the sun-drenched La Cala Golf Resort recently when 56 golfers teed it up for the 1st annual ‘Shannon Airport Cup’ event over 2 days.
The Shannon Airport Cup incorporated 2 events into 1, with a fourball pairs competition running in conjunction with the overall Clare Vs Limerick event.
The 36 hole event held over both the Asia & Europa Courses at La Cala had the sides deadlocked at 7-7 after day one, with The Banner Men staging a remarkable come back having been 7-2 down as the scores registered on the board. The top match saw the hurling legends pair off against each other with the Limerick pairing of Ollie Moran & Mark O’Riordan getting one over on Brian Lohan & Conor Galvin. Keith Mc Mahon & Tom Ryan added to the lead with a hard-fought victory over Gerry Malone & John Boyce before Sean Donnellan & Declan O’Leary from Dromoland had Clares 1st point on the board.
The scores for day 1 were as follows:
In the race for the pairs title, Limerick duo Tom Carmody & James Doran pictured below shot to the top of the leader-board on day one with a fantastic fourball score of 48 points on the Asia Course and lead by 2 shots overnight from another Limerick pairing Bill Hanley & Des O’Brien with Jenny Cagney & Niamh Whelan from Lahinch GC also in the clubhouse with 46 points.
Day 2, however, belonged to the Limerick side as Bill Hanley & Des O’Brien added a remarkable 48 points on the Europa Course to claim the pairs title and lead the Limerick team home to victory in the main event on a scoreline of 16-12. Most of the matches on Day 2 were extremely tight affairs with some notable results. Cathal O’Reilly & John Meskell held off Lohan & Galvin. Ollie Moran & Mark O’Riordan fought back from 3 points adrift playing the 18th to earn a half point against Colin McNamara & Fintan Ward. The O’Mahony brothers Paul & David, claimed a memorable scalp with Paul sinking a 40ft putt for birdie on the final hole to secure victory over Dromoland duo Darragh McDonagh & John Higgins. Kevin Noonan & Liam Scully had just 2 points to spare against Paul Tuohy & Mark Ward. Raymond & Stephen Twoomey put in 2 steady rounds of 44 & 40 to win 2 points for Limerick and claim 5th place overall.
There were some good victories on the Clare side too with the unbeaten pair of Mike Hickey & Shane Quilligan getting the better of their fellow Shannon GC members, John Culleton & Kieran Considine. The highlight from the Clare perspective was the Hehir brothers, Michéal & Mervin taking out Keith McMahon & Tom Ryan on a score of 44-41, remaining undefeated after 2 days and claiming 2nd place overall in the fourball event.
The scores for day 2 were as follows:
Members of the victorious Limerick team below
A group picture with members from the Clare & Limerick teams below
The top 10 pairs all received prizes. The final scores are as follows:
A big thank you to event planner extraordinaire Pauline Kwasniak pictured below from www.hotel4meetings.com who headed up the Golf Voyager events team for the running of the tournament.
See below some of the pictorial highlights from La Cala, Sunset Beach Resort, and event partner Cocos Bar, Benalmadena.
The highlight of the presentation night at Cocos Bar was undoubtedly the ‘Captains Special Award’ presented by Ollie Moran to Donal O’Sullivan & Brian Healy. The guys were thrilled as you can see below with their pink turtleneck polos!!
The team at Golf Voyager would like to thank Brian Lohan & Ollie Moran for joining us in Spain as team captains. Also thanks to all who participated and to our event partners and sponsors listed below.
Deposits are now been taken for the ‘Shannon Airport Cup 2018’ which will take place from Saturday 17th November to Tuesday 20th November 2018. Contact Golf Voyager at 061-514600