Portstewart win Inter Club Winter League Finals

S. OKane, D. Kelly, Club Captain Gerry Hassan, David Hassan, D. Shaw, P. Garrett, D. Moore, J. Medhurst, T. Boyle and P. Duffy.

S. OKane, D. Kelly, Club Captain Gerry Hassan, David Hassan, D. Shaw, P. Garrett, D. Moore, J. Medhurst, T. Boyle and P. Duffy.

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On Sunday 20th March, the Portstewart Winter League Team defeated teams from Clandeboye and Lisburn Golf Clubs to win the Winter League Claret Jug for only the second time.

The team of eight players returned a combined total of 291 points averaging 36 points per player. This was a tremendous team effort and ensured that they defeated their nearest rival Lisburn G.C. by twenty points.

Best score of the day came from Portstewart player John Medhurst playing off a twelve handicap he returned 42 stableford points.

Best gross came from Steven Shaw of Lisburn G.C. who got round in 71 shots playing off a five handicap.

Next year the Finals return to Lisburn where we hope that Portstewart can retain the Cup.

Meanwhile, Darren Clarke says Ryder Cup role could cost him friends... but he will be ruthless in picking a Europe team to beat America.

It is about control for Darren Clarke. It always has been. Everyone who knows Europe’s Ryder Cup captain also knows that the public image of the hedonistic, happy-go-lucky, cigar-smoking, Guinness-swilling Mr Geniality doesn’t reflect the real man.

It does not reveal the workaholic or the perfectionist, the golfer you give a wide berth when he falls short of his own expectations.

It does not reveal the man who is already working on a third draft of his Ryder Cup opening ceremony speech even though he is more than six months away from making it.

“Fear of failure has been my biggest driving force since I started playing the game,” he said.

“That goes right back to my days as an amateur. If I don’t prepare properly, failure is inevitable,” added the Ryder Cup skipper.