Team Captain Brian Gogarty is lifted by his winning team members from Killymoon
22 September 2012
Killymoon Lift Bruen Shield
The Ulster champions, from Cookstown in County Tyrone, lifted the Jimmy Bruen Shield at Kinsale Golf Club on Saturday.
Killymoon, a founder member of the Golfing Union of Ireland in 1891, had never won any title or championship until they got to the Ulster final, running out easy qualifiers for the National Finals.
Brian Gogarty, the playing team captain, was delighted with the team’s performance.
“When we kicked off in May, I never thought we would be all Ireland champions, it’s surreal. This means everything for the club. This is the first time we ever had any sort of glory or victory ever at the club. I’ve captained the team for the past three years and the last two years we didn’t even qualify so we qualified big time this year, by 15 shots from the second place team. We came down here with great hopes but no expectations. Roscommon, to be fair, gave us a tremendous match.”
Club President, Tom Doonan, played on the team, and with an age spread of over 50 years, there was a good mix of youth and experience.
“They are all great lads, they are all great golfers” beamed Gogarty after the win.