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Team South Wins United Cup, But Team North Gets Closer!

Team South Wins United Cup, But Team North Gets Closer!

Team South, captained by John Cassidy, won the third United Cup in a row at Carton House, Co Kildare, on Tuesday 3rd September, but Team North, captained by Gary Boyd, achieved their best score in the series to date, with Team South winning by 5.5 points to 3.5.

Team South display the United Cup, having each been presented with a bottle of wine

Team South display the United Cup, having each been presented with a bottle of wine

Accepting the United Cup from Pat Reede of United, John Cassidy said: “We have had yet another fantastic golf day, with great weather. United is a great airline and we wish them all the success with their new routes.” Graciously accepting ‘runner-up’ position, Gary Boyd echoed those sentiments, thanked Team United, and said: “We are getting closer!”

Pat Reede of United presents John Cassidy, Captain of Team South, with the United Cup

Pat Reede of United presents John Cassidy, Captain of Team South, with the United Cup

Great craic was had throughout the day, including rumours around an alleged responsibility by Team North for the last-minute change from the scheduled O’Meara Championship course to the Montgomery course. There was also much banter about Mervyn McNeely of Stena Line – Northern Ireland who was called on to play for Team South and who made a crucial putt. Barry Jackson of United even presented him with his prize of a new BFH, or bus fair home!

Jimmy Lennox, having won the draw of Team South members, is presented with two Economy class tickets to Washington DC and three nights at the Dupont Circle Hotel by Aoife Gregg and Barry Jackson of United

Jimmy Lennox, having won the draw of Team South members, is presented with two Economy class tickets to Washington DC and three nights at the Dupont Circle Hotel by Aoife Gregg and Barry Jackson of United

Welcoming the players and guests to the post-golf dinner, Pat Reede of United, which is celebrating 15 years in Ireland this year, said: “Over the past 12 weeks our new Shannon – Chicago service has been a phenomenal success and has surpassed all expectations. The signs are that this service could be here to stay, but I can’t confirm that right now.”

Tony Collins receives two Economy Class tickets to New York and three nights at the Beacon Hotel for Best Individual Score on 37 points

Tony Collins receives two Economy Class tickets to New York and three nights at the Beacon Hotel for Best Individual Score on 37 points

Gary Boyd won a bottle of champagne for Longest Drive on the 17th

Gary Boyd won a bottle of champagne for Longest Drive on the 17th

Philip Airey also won a bottle of champagne – for Nearest the Pin on the 7th

Philip Airey also won a bottle of champagne – for Nearest the Pin on the 7th

Gary Boyd was again a winner, this time for a four-ball game compliments of Carton House, having won the draw for the Birdie Prize

Gary Boyd was again a winner, this time for a four-ball game compliments of Carton House, having won the draw for the Birdie Prize

Aoife Gregg and Pat Reede of Team United

Aoife Gregg and Pat Reede of Team United

John Spollen, Cassidy Travel; Darach Culligan, Travelworld; John Cassidy, Cassidy Travel; and Philip Airey, Sunway

John Spollen, Cassidy Travel; Darach Culligan, Travelworld; John Cassidy, Cassidy Travel; and Philip Airey, Sunway

Peter McMinn, Travel Solutions; Alan McAleese, Wayne Pollock Exclusive Travel; and Neil Walker, Feherty Travel

Peter McMinn, Travel Solutions; Alan McAleese, Wayne Pollock Exclusive Travel; and Neil Walker, Feherty Travel

Con Horgan, Abbey Travel; Martin Dempsey, Dempsey Travel; Massimo Larini, United; and Martin Skelly, Navan Travel

Con Horgan, Abbey Travel; Martin Dempsey, Dempsey Travel; Massimo Larini, United; and Martin Skelly, Navan Travel

 

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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