History repeats itself as Wally leads Munster to victory in the Algarve
For the 2nd year in succession, David Wallace has led his Munster team to glory in the Algarve Golf Challenge against a gallant Leinster side captained by Malcolm O’Kelly at the 5* Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Spa Resort.
The annual event hosted by Limerick-based company GolfVoyager.com, took place last weekend in Vilamoura and pitted 32 Munster golfers against 32 from Leinster. After 2 days of play, Munster coasted to victory on a final scoreline of 23-9.
The four-ball event which runs in conjunction with the main event was a much closer affair and came down to a sudden-death playoff for the second year in a row. Last year’s winners Adrian Kearney & Paul Coote from Woodstock GC in Ennis, who won the dramatic playoff in 2017, came from 9 points behind on day one to set the target in the clubhouse on 78 points. This was matched by Mark Ponsonby & Chris Nee who followed their fantastic 46 points on day one with 32 points on day 2.
With light fading quickly both pairs headed to the 100m marker on the 18th fairway for a sudden death playoff. With a large gallery looking on over the 18th green the experienced Kearney & Coote came through by 1 shot. Kearney, Ponsonby & Nee all made bogey but Coote fired his approach to 8 feet and rolled his putt stone dead to retain the four-ball title for the Clare men.
Fintan Ward, Director of Operations at GolfVoyager.com, presented the Munster captain David Wallace with the ‘Algarve Challenge Cup’ on behalf of a jubilant Munster team.
The prizes for the 1st and 2nd placed teams in the fourball event were presented by Pauline Kwasniak, Events Partner at GolfVoyager.com. They received golfing holidays to Pestana Resorts in the Algarve with 3rd to 10th placed teams receiving vouchers for Druids Glen, Enniscrone, County Louth, The K Club, Dunmurry Springs, Rathsallagh, Limerick & Shannon Golf Clubs.
The overall scoreline of 23-9 suggests a landslide victory for Munster. However, with most of the close matches going the way of the team in red, it would not have taken much more than a couple of holed putts from the Leinster side in the close matches to swing 7 or 8 of the games and put a completely different complexion on the final result. No doubting that Leinster will come back fighting in 2019 when Munster will be going for 3 in a row!!
Enquires are now been taken for the 2019 Algarve Golf Challenge which will once again take place at Pestana Vila Sol in Vilamoura from 25th to 28th January 2019. For this event and for all types of golfing holidays in Spain & Portugal, check out www.golfvoyager.com or call 061-514600
A big thanks to all our supporters, sponsors and affiliate partners for making the event a huge success and a special mention to Clubstohire.com for their continued support and for delivery/collection of rental clubs to and from the hotel.