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Exciting end to Titleist Mid West Alliance strokeplay

Alan Neville playing his 2nd shot to the 9th at Dromoland yesterday

Alan Neville playing his 2nd shot to the 9th at Dromoland yesterday

Dave Foley the Dromoland PGA Professional overcame a 4 shot deficit over the last 9 holes to beat Tony Cleary Woodstock in the last round of the Titleist Mid West Alliance strokeplay at Dromoland yesterday.  

Cleary was in superb form over the opening 9 holes which he covered in -1 to increase his overnight lead from 1 to 4 shots over Foley.

A birdie by Foley on the 10th hole reduced the deficit to only 3 shots.

Foley pulled another shot back on the par 5 11th after Cleary found water with his second shot from 240 yards out.

Dave Foley driving off par 5 11th at Dromoland yesterday.

Pars at the 12th & 13th kept Cleary 2 shots ahead until a nightmare double bogey 6 at the 14th after a perfect drive. Clearys lead wiped out.

Foley on the attack again birdied the 15th and Clearys 3 putt par put Foley in the lead for the first time.

Cleary immediately got level on the 16th after 2 brillant shots into set up a par to Foleys bogey. Back to level.image

Both men parred the 198 yard par 3 17th hole and headed to the 18th with thoughts of the first MWA strokeplay playoff in their minds.

Two super tee shots off the 18th left them in the centre of the fairway 235 yards from the green. Cleary went first and laid up safely 60 yards from the green. Foley pulled his 3 wood and hit a high risk shot over the lake and barely carried it by only a few yards.

Cleary pitched his 3rd to 8′ and Foley pitched to 2′. Cleary missed his birdie putt and Foley holed for a 1 shot win and deny Cleary his 4 successive MWA strokeplay title.

In the 4-9hcp category former Clare hurler Alan Neville won back to back MWA strokeplay titles. Neville’s overnight 5 shot lead over 18year old Dale Foley was reduced to 2 shots on the second hole after Foley holed his fairway shot for an eagle 2.

The composed Neville never panicked and Foleys comeback exhausted itself early on the back nine.

Titleist have kindly sponsored both category winners with their latest driver which is to be custom fitted at the Titleist Irish headquarters at Carton house.

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About Mark Dunphy

Founder and Editor of The Clare Herald, Mark Dunphy is a native of Connolly in County Clare. Mark also operates Dunphy PR.

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