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.

Leinster team at Pestana Vila Sol during the Algarve Golf Challenge 2018
Leinster team at Pestana Vila Sol during the Algarve Golf Challenge 2018

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.

Munster team at Pestana Vila Sol during the Algarve Golf Challenge 2018
Munster team at Pestana Vila Sol during the Algarve Golf Challenge 2018

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.

David Wallace, Adrian Kearney, Paul Coote & Malcolm O'Kelly following the sudden death playoff as darkness falls at Vila Sol Golf Resort
David Wallace, Adrian Kearney, Paul Coote & Malcolm O’Kelly following the sudden death playoff as darkness falls at Vila Sol Golf Resort

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.

Fintan Ward presents David Wallace with the cup on behalf of the Munster team at the Algarve Challenge 2018 as Mal O'Kelly ponders what might have been!!
Fintan Ward presents David Wallace with the cup on behalf of the Munster team at the Algarve Challenge 2018 as Mal O’Kelly ponders what might have been!!

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.

Pauline Kwasniak, events partner and CEO of Hotel4meetings.com, presents Adrian Kearney & Paul Coote with their holiday voucher.
Pauline Kwasniak, events partner and CEO of Hotel4meetings.com, presents Adrian Kearney & Paul Coote with their holiday voucher.

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!!

Scores from Day 1
Scores from Day 1

 

Scores from Day 2
Scores from Day 2
Four-ball scores
Four-ball scores

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

Former Clare hurlers Stephen McNamara and Noel McMahon (in red) took on Dublin duo John Boyce & Tony Macari on Day 1 at Algarve Challenge 2018
Former Clare hurlers Stephen McNamara and Noel McMahon (in red) took on Dublin duo John Boyce & Tony Macari on Day 1 at Algarve Challenge 2018
Pajo O'Brien & Trevor Kelly from Carlow GC (in navy) took on Paul Coote and Adrian Kearney from Woodstock Gc on Day 1
Pajo O’Brien & Trevor Kelly from Carlow GC (in navy) took on Paul Coote and Adrian Kearney from Woodstock GC on Day 1
Tony Coote & Chris McGrath played against Podge Tobin & Joe Gormley
Tony Coote & Chris McGrath played against Podge Tobin & Joe Gormley
Fintan Ward & Pauline Kwasniak took on the Dundalk pairing of Chris Colgan & Stephen Ormiston
Fintan Ward & Pauline Kwasniak took on the Dundalk pairing of Chris Colgan & Stephen Ormiston
Gerard O’Gorman, Donal McCormack, Andrew McCormack & Andrew Mawhinney ready to tee off on day 2
Michael O'Shea Snr & Jnr took on the leaders after day 1 Chris Nee & Mark Ponsonby
Michael O’Shea Snr & Jnr took on the leaders after day 1 Chris Nee & Mark Ponsonby
Joe Gormley, Podge Tobin, Chris McGrath & Tony Coote
Joe Gormley, Podge Tobin, Chris McGrath & Tony Coote
Thomas Ryan & David Wallace took on Ger Dillon & Ronnie Ryan
Thomas Ryan & David Wallace took on Ger Dillon & Ronnie Ryan
Tony Pearl & Dave Flahive played against Stephen Ormiston & Craig Colgan
Michael O’Shea Snr & Jnr took on the Munster pairing of James Doran & John Boyce
Ger Dillon, Dave Flahive, Tony Pearl & Ronnie Ryan
Ger Dillon, Dave Flahive, Tony Pearl & Ronnie Ryan
Gerard O'Gorman, Andrew Mawhinney, Deirdre Waters & Mark Ward
Gerard O’Gorman, Andrew Mawhinney, Deirdre Waters & Mark Ward
Willie McNiffe, Padraig Donohoe, Eamonn Cormican & Frank Shanahan
Willie McNiffe, Padraig Donohoe, Eamonn Cormican & Frank Shanahan
Sue Cormican, Trudy Doyle, Maureen & PJ Brennan
Sue Cormican, Trudy Doyle, Maureen & PJ Brennan
Mick O'Shea PGA Professional at Rathsallagh GC presents David Wallace with a voucher for golf lessons
Mick O’Shea PGA Professional at Rathsallagh GC presents David Wallace with a voucher for golf lessons
Mick O'Shea PGA Professional at Rathsallagh GC presents Malcolm O'Kelly with a voucher for golf lessons
Mick O’Shea PGA Professional at Rathsallagh GC presents Malcolm O’Kelly with a voucher for golf lessons
Chris Nee received his long drive prize, a golf lesson with PGA Professional Padraig Mc Grath of P&M Golf
Chris Nee received his long drive prize, a golf lesson with PGA Professional Padraig Mc Grath of P&M Golf
Malcolm O’Kelly & David Wallace present Padriag Donohoe & Willie McNiffe with a 4ball Voucher for Dunmurry Springs
Malcolm O'Kelly and David Wallace present Tipperary men Francis O'Dwyer &amp; Kieran O'Meara with a 4ball voucher for <a href="https://www.kclub.ie/golf/">The K Club</a>
Malcolm O’Kelly and David Wallace present Tipperary men Francis O’Dwyer & Kieran O’Meara with a 4ball voucher for The K Club
Trevor Kelly receives a 4ball voucher for Limerick GC
Trevor Kelly receives a 4ball voucher for Limerick GC
Malcolm O'Kelly & David Wallace present Gary Cormican (Delgany GC) centre, with a 4ball voucher for Druids Glen
Malcolm O’Kelly & David Wallace present Gary Cormican (Delgany GC) centre, with a 4ball voucher for Druids Glen
Ger Dillon accepts his prize from Malcolm O'Kelly &amp; David Wallace
Ger Dillon accepts his prize from Malcolm O’Kelly & David Wallace
Ronnie Ryan accepts his prize from Malcolm O'Kelly &amp; David Wallace
Ronnie Ryan accepts his prize from Malcolm O’Kelly & David Wallace
2nd Prize went to Chris Nee & Mark Ponsonby
2nd Prize went to Chris Nee & Mark Ponsonby – A golf holiday to Pestana Resorts in The Algarve
In 3rd place were Michael O'Shea Jnr & Snr. They received a 4ball for County Louth GC
In 3rd place were Michael O’Shea Jnr & Snr. They received a 4ball for County Louth GC
Chris McGrath & Tony Coote are off to Rathsallagh Golf Club
Chris McGrath & Tony Coote are off to Rathsallagh Golf Club
Golf Voyager Event Partner & CEO of hotel4meetings.com, Pauline Kwasniak with David Wallace & Malcolm O’Kelly
Andrew McCormack receives a 4ball voucher for <a href="http://www.enniscronegolf.com">Enniscrone GC</a> from Malcolm O'Kelly &amp; David Wallace
Andrew McCormack receives a 4ball voucher for Enniscrone GC from Malcolm O’Kelly & David Wallace
In the 'Battle of the Johnny Boyces', John Boyce from Clare and partner James Doran beat John Boyce from Dublin and his partner Tony Macari by 34-33 on day 2 of the  Algarve Golf Challenge. Pictured above are the 2 John Boyces with Malcolm O'Kelly, Stephen McNamara &amp; David Wallace
In the ‘Battle of the Johnny Boyces’, John Boyce from Clare and partner James Doran beat John Boyce from Dublin and his partner Tony Macari by 34-33 on day 2 of the  Algarve Golf Challenge. Pictured above are the 2 John Boyces with Malcolm O’Kelly, Stephen McNamara & David Wallace
Malcolm O'Kelly, Joe Gormley & David Wallace
Malcolm O’Kelly, Joe Gormley & David Wallace
Stephen Ormiston, Fintan Ward & Shane Smith
Stephen Ormiston, Fintan Ward & Shane Smith
Malcolm O'Kelly with Mark Ward
Malcolm O’Kelly with Mark Ward

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.

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