James Keane wins Captain’s Prize at Ballykisteen

James Keane wins Captain’s Prize at Ballykisteen
The Captain’s Prize (John O’Connell) at Ballykisteen Golf Club was won on Saturday last by James Keane after an exciting knife-edge 9-hole play-off.

The Captain’s Prize (John O’Connell) at Ballykisteen Golf Club was won on Saturday last by James Keane after an exciting knife-edge 9-hole play-off.

Twelve players made the qualifying grade with the top qualifying score of 65 nett recorded by Frankie Nolan.

The play-off was a tense and close affair with nerves getting the better of everyone at some time or another. The leaderboard changed on a number of occasions but on the 18th green it was basically down to a putting competition between Frankie and James for the title. When Frankie ‘lipped out’ for his par putt from 20ft and James two putted from a similar distance both players were level after 27 holes. After signing and reviewing both cards it was James who was declared the winner on a wcountback. (Report on Page 63 ).

Eric O’Connorwins the Captain’s Prize in Tipp

Tipperary Captain, Tim, Walsh enjoyed with his beautiful prize going eventually to Eric O’Connor with a Phil Mickelson-like final round of 65. Indeed, 65 was a popular score with both Michael Murray and Ger Ryan also shooting same. Brian Shiels led the qualifiers with 66 whilst Jackie Nelligan also shot 66 but as a country member was ineligible to claim the main prize. (P61).