Brilliant Ben guides Granard to Community Games pitch & putt silver medal success

Alan Walsh

Reporter:

Alan Walsh

The Granard and Clonbroney Pitch & Putt teams that featured among the medals at the HSE Community Games National Pitch & Putt Finals that took place in Acres Pitch & Putt course, Ballinalee on Saturday last.
Granard’s Ben Martin produced the most impressive pitch & putt of his career to-date as he secured a silver team medal and finished with the second highest individual score in the HSE Community Games National U-16 Pitch & Putt National Final on Saturday.

Granard’s Ben Martin produced the most impressive pitch & putt of his career to-date as he secured a silver team medal and finished with the second highest individual score in the HSE Community Games National U-16 Pitch & Putt National Final on Saturday.

The Acres Pitch & Putt Club in Ballinalee was in pristine condition as it played host to the National Finals for the third year in succession and Ben’s scorching display on the lush greens, coupled with the steady play of team mates Aaron Brady, Jordan Martin Kenny, Keith Murray and Eoghan Finnan ensured that Granard captured silver medals. St John’s, Ennis finished in gold medal position, with Dunshaughlin/Culmullen claiming bronze.

Clonbroney also had teams involved in the boys and girls competitions at Acres, with their boys team of Ronan Rehill, Charlie Reilly, Daniel Reynolds, Killian Reynolds and Evan Tully, finishing a very creditable 4th. The girls team members were Katelyn Farrell, Shauna Heaney, Ruth McEvoy, Tara Spollen and Siobhan Tully.

Longford Leader Editor Sheila Reilly and Siobhan McGuinness from Longford Sports Partnership exhibited their slick skills during a ceremonial tee off prior to the commencement of the serious competition.

National Community Games President Gerry Davenport, assisted by Longford Community Games Chairperson and National Vice President Joe Fox, led the presentation party.

Mr Fox praised The Acres Pitch & Putt club for their co-operation in hosting the finals, thanked Pat the Baker for their generous sponsorship and he congratulated all the participants and winners.