HISTORY was made last Saturday when Killymoon Golf Club lifted one of the biggest prizes in Irish golf.
Killymoon Golf Club, one of the founder members of Irish golf’s governing body the Golf Union of Ireland, picked up the Jimmy Bruen Shield at Kinsale Golf Club in county Cork with victory over Roscommon.
Having never won a national title this was a truly historic day for Killymoon and one team captain Brian Gogarty isn’t likely to forget in a hurry.
“When we kicked off in May, I never though we would be All Ireland champions, it’s surreal,” Gogarty said.
“This means everything for the club. This is the first time we ever had any sort of glory or victory ever at the club.
“I’ve captained the team for the past three years and last two we didn’t even qualify so we qualified big time this year, by 15 shots from the second place team.
“We came down here with great hopes but no expectations. Roscommon, to be fair gave us a tremendous match.”
Club President, Tom Doonan, played on the team and with an age spread of over 50 years, there was a good mix of youth and experience.
“They are all great lads and they are all greated golfers”, Gogarty beamed after the historic victory.
Killymoon enjoyed a semi final victory over Leinster champions, Gold Coast of Dublin on a 3.5- 1.5 scoreline on Friday.
On finals day the Cookstown side then squeezed past Connacht champions Roscommon Golf Club on a narrow 3-2 scoreline.
Opening partnership Darren McCabe and Barry Bleeks were on fire over the course of the two days taking maximum points from their two encounters as did Club President Tom Doonan and James Bleeks.