Young Jack Alton, a former Junior Captain at Slievenamon Golf Club, played a big part in Clonmel's success over the Gold Coast at Carrick-on-Suir last week.
Hopefully not prematurely, but many are already saying that there’s a Munster Pennant in Clonmel Golf Club’s 2018 Junior Cup Team and while nobody wants to start counting chickens just yet, it is going to be a very good team that will beat them.
They have an abundance of talent but sometimes talent is not enough if you don’t have the guts and the desire to win and that’s what we saw coming through from this team on Thursday evening last in Carrick-on-Suir against a gallant Gold Coast side.
After nine holes of play Clonmel were only up in one match and that was Billy Hewitt, who was leading from the front and really playing a Captain’s role.
Young Jack Alton really came up against an even younger but very talented opponent who blitzed Jack on the first four holes and led by three but Jack just stuck with the game he knows best and after a see saw match in which the lead changed hands several times, when they stood on the 17th tee Jack was one up. Maybe it was nerves but the younger player went out of bounds on the hole which handed Jack the match which was actually the match that gave Clonmel an unassailable lead, winning by three matches to one with the final match called in.
But the other three matches were ding dong battles as well where Peter Gaffney, Denis Conway Junior and Brian McLean all worked extremely hard trying to get back on terms to wear down very wiling opponents.
Peter Gaffney’s match came to the 17th with Peter one up after a tremendous match and when his opponent failed to get up and down for par this pair shook hands for a 2 and 1 win for Peter. Brian McLean gave it everything and played extremely well and with Denis Conway, the anchor-man on the team, not needing to finish, the team rightly earned their place in the Munster semi-final to be played in Thurles on Saturday 18th August (to be confirmed).