Sean O’Leary (Team Captain) with the victorious Irish Senior Men’s European Team at Dublin Airport on their arrival home from Sweden. Included are team members: John Mitchell (Tramore GC), Eamon Haugh (Castletroy), Garth McGimpsey (Royal Portrush), Brian Hutchinson (Team Manager), Karl Bornemann (Douglas), Adrian Morrow (Portmarnock) and Jim Carvill (Banbridge). Photo: Pat Cashman.
Following on from Robin Dawson helping Ireland to a fourth Home Internationals victory in a row recently, another Tramore Golf Club member was celebrating helping his country to golfing glory last week.
John Mitchell, not for the first time, played a key role in Ireland’s European Senior Men’s Amateur Team Championship as the Irish team took the crown for the sixth time in 12 years and fourth time in five seasons.
It all came down to a very dramatic end as Portmarnock’s Adrian Morrow landed the title for Ireland when he beat Denmark’s Henrik Daugaard with a birdie at the 21st to secure a dramatic 3-2 in the final at PGA Sweden National.
Tramore’s John Mitchell and Eamon Haugh combined for their third success of the week in the foursomes to put Ireland on the front foot and with Karl Bornemann taking his game 5 and 4, Ireland were just one point from victory.
However, Jim Carvill was beaten at the 19th by Hans Peter Jacobsen and Denmark drew level when Michael C Flindt beat Garth McGimpsey 2 and 1 in the anchor leg.
It all then came down to the clash between Morrow and Daugaard and after finishing all square after 18 holes, the 64-year old Portmarnock veteran prevailed at the third extra hole.
“It was some day one of the best,” Morrow reported. “I’m happy for the team. It was nearly dark so I’m not sure what would have happened if I had not made birdie. It was a nice way to finish off. It would have been a long walk back if we had been beaten!”
After captaining Ireland to a second win in three years in charge, Seanie O’Leary added: “We are delighted to go home with a European trophy. The six players that have represented us here this week are truly great ambassadors, not only for Ireland but for the game of golf.
“We knew from watching Denmark the first two days of match play that it was going to be a tight game. We were fortunate today, and I would like to extend my congratulations to Denmark as very worthy runners up.”
The competition began with two rounds of individual strokeplay, after which John Mitchell was in 59th place on +9 after rounds of 77 and 76. Ireland’s combined score was enough to put them into the quarter-finals where they took on hosts Sweden in Matchplay. John teamed up with Eamon Haugh of Castletroy GC and the pair defeated Nilsson and Nedelin 5&4. Singles wins for Jim Carvill and Garth McGimpsey gave Ireland a hard fought 3-2 win.
In the semi-finals Ireland took on England. Again Mitchell and Haug were first out and the were 3&2 winners over Alan Mew and Mark Stones. Further victories for Jim Carvill and Adrian Morrow and halved matches for Karl Bornemann and Garth McGimpsey gave Ireland a comprehensive 4-1 victory to book their final berth and set up the opportunity to edge Denmark and take the title for Ireland.
Well done John.