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Commins duo win All-Ireland Father and Son at Castle

Kevin and Matthew Commins claimed the Dawson Jewellers sponsored All-Ireland Father and Son Foursomes at Castle Golf Club.

Almost 400 golfers representing close to 100 different golf clubs took part in the qualifying rounds of this prestigious event trying to secure one of the 64 foursome matchplay places. 

The competition which has had some very famous father and son winners the most famous winners in 1967 were the late Joe Carr and son Roddy is renowned for its friendly atmosphere.

Father Kevin (Cloverhill) and son Matthew (Ardee) began with a Monday 4/3 victory over Sean (3) and Sam McCarthy from Powerscourt. On Wednesday Grange duo Rory (7) & Patrick McGrath (16) were defeated 3/2. On Friday Bryan (18) & Mark Ó Neill (5) Killiney/Woodbrook were ousted 6/5 to set up a quarter final date with home players Michael (11) and Mark Bollard (16). Kevin and Matthew progressed to the semi-finals on foot of a 4/3 win. Graham (2) and Peter Ó Connor (10) from Foxrock.

The Commins went into an early lead and soon found themselves going 3 up but just after the turn the O’Connors started the comeback pinning them back to all square and then went 1 up after 13.

This recovery did not last too long as the Commins won 14 and 15 and the match ended on 17 with a 2/1 win for Kevin & Matthew.

The beautiful sunshine continued at Castle Golf Club as the final of the 2019 All Ireland Father & Son was between Kevin & Matthew Commins (Cloverhill/Ardee) and Jonathan & Robert Ruttledge (Stackstown) beckoned.

On the first tee Ken McDonough of competition sponsors Dawson Jewellers was on hand to wish both pairings best of luck while Captain Joe O’Hare joined the final as match referee.

First blood to the Commins on the second green while the Ruttledge’s strike back immediately with a birdie on the 3rd to bring it back friendly again.The Ruttledge’s take the 4th, they halve the fifth as the Commins bring it back all level after 6. Kevin & Matthew then win 7 and 8 to go two up and stretch their lead further on 9 and 10 to go 4 up.

The Ruttledge’s tried hard to stem the tide through the loop only to lose the 13th, leaving the Commins dormy 5 up. A fitting final between two great families as the 14th is halved leaving the Commins winning the match.

Kevin and Matthew Commins (Cloverhill/Ardee) are 2019 All Ireland Father & Son Champions following a terrific display of golf over the course of the week.

And it was Kevin and Matthew, playing out of Cloverhill and Ardee, who overcame Stackstown’s Jonathan and Robert Rutledge in a competitive matchplay final, winning 5&4.

Ken McDonagh from sponsor Dawson Jewellers was thrilled to be associated with a tournament that “builds and nourishes future talent, family relationships and values.”