THE annual Offaly County Board Scratch Cup, one of the highlights of the pitch & putt calendar, took place on Sunday last, April 3 and was proudly hosted by the Tullamore Pitch & Putt Club.
It ran very smoothly under the watchful eyes of the Co Board and hosting Club officers, and saw a very supportive group of 126 players take part.
Players travelled from Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Westmeath, Tipperary, Limerick and Longford to take part alongside a large local contingent of Offaly players. The play-off saw local favourite Anthony Galvin lead the way closely challenge by playing partner Ian Dillon of Kildare who was only two shots behind.
In the end the title was tussled for between the last pairing who both gave a great display of the game from pitching to chipping and putting. However, it was Galvin’s squandered chances early in the playoff which opened the door to a surprising challenge by Dillon. The challenge really took form when Galvin three putted the eight green and Dillon chipped in for a birdie and followed this up with another chipped in birdie at the ninth hole.
The shots were exchanged throughout the final nine holes and with Galvin just holding a one shot lead pitching the final hole it fell to Dillon to hold out for a birdie to force a playoff, which he dually obliged. An exciting three-hole playoff ensued.
Both players pitched close to the first hole and held their putts for birdies, which was followed up by pars at the second. Both players had long birdie chances across the third hole, Galvin missed his effort and stood aside to watch his counterpart hold out to claim the 2011 title. It was a very exiting end to the day’s play and it was indeed an enjoyable treat for those who stayed on to watch the playoff. Congratulations to all the prize winners on the day and many thanks to all those who supported the event, it was greatly appreciated by the Offaly Co Board.
The list of all the winners is as follows: Overall Winner Ian Dillon -19 (St Bridget’s), Runner-up Anthony Galvin -19 (Tullamore), Third Joe Pyke -16 (Tullamore), Last 18 Sean Goggins -5 (Cement), Inter Winner C. Larkin -3 (Stackallen), Junior Winner T. Crowe -4 (Riverdale), Ladies 0-6 Margaret Hogan -7 (Tullamore), Ladies 7-18 – Denise Pyke +7 (Tullamore).