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October Sports Personality winner Ronnie reflects on Newtown’s Ulster Cup success

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IT SEEMS quite incredible that a team from Tyrone had never won the Ulster Cup until Ronnie Jack’s all-conquering heroes from Newtownstewart captured local golf’s equivalent to the Ryder Cup.

The timing couldn’t have been better either given the success conicided with the Baronscourt-based club’s centenary celebrations.

For the club and the team’s skipper, in particular, defeating Narin and Portanoo 8-7 in a gripping two-legged final achieved a burning ambition.

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Ever since first swinging a club some 35 years ago, the Ulster Cup has had a special place in the heart of club stalwart Jack. He has played in the coveted competition numerous times and in 1995 was captain when Newtown reached the semi-final for only the second time in the club’s history.

His passion for the provincial prize was one of the reasons why earlier this year club captain John Colhoun again offered the captaincy to the car salesman.

What a shrewd bit of business that proved to be when Newtown ultimately triumphed on home soil at the tail end of the summer.

Jacks’ contribution on and off the course was pivotal to the north Tyrone club rewriting the history books and in recognition Ronnie has been named the Ulster Herald’s Sports Personality for the month of October.

Accepting the award Ronnie insisted clinching the Ulster Cup was the proverbial icing on the cake in the club’s centenary year.

“The Ulster Cup has been going for 104 years, don’t forget, and every club in the nine counties of Ulster compete,” said Jack.

“We have been trying for100 years, competed every year but never won it until this year.”

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