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Killeen Golf Club captured only their 3rd Leinster Title, in the clubs short history, after narrowly beating Clontarf in the Metropolitan Trophy. Killeen needed 4 points in Clontarf to capture the pennant after their 6-3 1st leg lead, but when their two legged final ended deadlocked at 9-9 after day 2 in the North Dublin club, real life drama ensued.

Before that, Alan Murphy got Killeen’s first point on the board while Paul Gavin (Leixlip) added to Killeen’s lead as they dominated 8-4. However, Clontarf mounted a great comeback to win a number matches including wins on the 18th & 19th to reduce the margin, between the two finalists. Billy Quinn (Sallins) got Killeen a step closer to the magic 10 points with a commanding win. But just as Billy was winning on the 16th, tides were turning in favour of Clontarf on the other side of the golf course and when Michael Walshe failed in his valiant comeback charge; both teams were destined for a 3-Hole play-off.

The responsibility fell on Gerry Creevey (Clontarf) and Eadestown’s Paul Magee to battle it out. The standard in the play-off was fitting to a Senior Cup, as both players turned on the style. Killeen went 1up thru 1 after Paul birdied the 1st. Gerry then holed out from 30ft, on the 230 yard Par 3 11th (2nd Play-off hole) to tie the match again. Killeen’s Magee then called upon all his experience to leave his 2nd shot on the 500yd Par 5 to 20 foot. Miraculously Gerry holed from 22ft for birdie and when Paul 2 putted for birdie, sudden death beckoned.

So to the 4th play-off hole and back to the Par 4 10th where 2 regulation Par 4’s added to the dramatic conclusion. Nerves were truly dangling amongst the ever growing crowd as the gladiators moved to the 5th play-off hole and again the 230yd Par 3 11th . Gerry scrambled well for a bogey 4 before Paul clinched the pennant with a regulation Par 3 after a superb tee shot, to the delight of the jubilant Killeen supporters.

Killeen’s road to the final was challenging and rewarding as the despatched Slade Valley, Grange Castle & Hermitage in the earlier rounds, before overcoming Newlands in the Q-Final 5-4 and Powerscourt in the Semi-Final, again 5-4. Despite the clutch situation of previous rounds no one could have predicted the drama that unfolded on Saturday afternoon as Team Manager & Ardclough native described the finale as “the most dramatic I have ever witnessed.” Peter paid tribute to the resilience of the opposition together with the great sprit both teams played the final in.

This Leinster win once again puts Killeen on the map – 3 years after their heroics of winning both the Barton Cup & Leinster Fourball, in the space of 7 days. Killeen Captain, Enda Buckley, congratulated Peter and his entire panel for their endeavours since last February when the journey began. Yet again it has helped to unite many members in the club and create a great camaraderie as well as some of lasting memories of what will go down as one of the great finals in Leinster golf

Killeen Golf Club are celebrating again as the club captured their first ever Duggan Cup, in Edenderry on Friday last. Killeen saw off Nenagh Golf Club in a tight final, over the Offaly track. The final scoreline read 3 ½ to 1 ½ but that was only after 3 matches went to extra play-off holes.

Conditions on Friday were very testing with wind & persistent rain the order of the day. Maintaining concentration and keeping the clubs dry were paramount and Killeen seemed to adapt better to the wintry weather.
They opened up an early lead with wins on 15 & 17, from Anthony Callery/Jimmy Walsh & Seamus Fennelly/Michael Kelly, respectively. At that stage Killeen looked very comfortable with a 3up lead (with only 3 to play) in the last match & the 2 other matches deadlocked. But when Celbridge’s Arthur Irwin & Alan Murphy were pipped on the 19th momentum began to shift to the Tipperary men.

Suddenly, Alan Scully & Paul Magahran’s 3up lead diminished and Nenagh were sensing a comeback. A solid 18th hole by Nenagh’s anchor men resulted in another match going to extra holes. As they headed down 19th, Sallins Eamonn McClelland & Tom Kelly were heading down the 21st. Killeen only needed to get one more match over the line to clinch victory and when Magahran & Scully held firm on 19th as the opposition were in the trees, Killeen were home and dry!!

The Duggan pennant was Killeen’s second success in as many weeks as the added to their 2016 collection, after winning the Metropolitan Trophy against Clontarf. Captain Enda Buckley, acknowledged the gritty performance of Nenagh as their valiant comeback effort fell just short. 57 teams took to the various fairways at the start of the season & Killeen had the resolve to come out top of the pile. “It is yet another superb day for Killeen Golf Club,” Buckley added.

Team Manager Tommy Warren said that “the inter-club set-up and success in Killeen is a great means of gelling members and forging great friendships, while keeping the competitive juices flowing. And when you win out overall it really makes the hard work and practice all the more worthwhile.”

Buckley from Straffan, congratulated Team Manager, Warren, and all his panel for their endeavours throughout the year. It’s Tommy’s 2nd managerial success after landing the Leinster Fourball title in 2013, so he must have the midas touch!!

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