A TEAM from Newtownstewart Golf Club has marked the club’s year of centenary celebrations in the best possible manner by winning the prestigious Ulster Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
On Saturday evening Ronnie Jack’s charges triumphed in spectacular fashion by winning the second leg of the final 5-2 against Narin and Portanoo to set the champagne corks popping.
At the pristine Baronscourt course wins by Alan Gilfillan, Trevor McFarland, skipper Ronnie Jack, Gregory Beckett and Philip Adams sealed a momentus victory for the triumphant Newtown men who had lost the first leg by the odd game in seven.
On their glorious run to the final Newtown had defeated Mahee Island, Kilrea, Banbridge, neighbours Omagh, Scrabo and Cloverhill before accounting for Narin and Portanoo at the weekend.
Club captain John Colhoun said the victory was the icing on the cake to a year of celebration at Newtown.
“It was a great weekend at Newtownstewart Golf Club, a bit special to say the least,” said Mr Colhoun.
“The club has waited a long time for something like this to happen. It’s fantastic that it should come along in our centenary year.
“It’s the icing on the cake. We usually have a good team but it’s a long road to get through to the final of an Ulster Cup. The match they played on Saturday was number 14 since they set out in the first round. It was a massive effort over a period of some five months. We were lucky in that we had such a committed group of players prepared to do that. They got their reward at the end of it all.”
Ten players played their full part in the historic triumph. They were Alan Gilfillan, Trevor McFarland, Ronnie Jack (skipper), Gregory Beckett, Philip Adams, Declan Catterson, Eugene Corry, Stephen Henderson, Colin Wilson and Neil Coulter.