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Catalonia v. Ireland 2014

 Lloret Papalus, June 6-8.

The Sunday singles were split 6-6, which gave the Catalans a deserved but hard fought victory. The young guns, Conor McCarthy and Shane Redmond, maintained their impressive 100% records to give Ireland hope but Catalonia won all three ladies matches. Enric Sanz, Josep Martinez and Ricardo Betlinski provided the other three home singles wins to see the Catalans over the line for their second win in this sixth International Challenge.

The full details can be found here.
Catalonia v. Ireland Scores

Two wins out of two for Conor McCarthy and Shane Redmond over Marc Ibáñez and Jordi Torrecilla as, for the moment Ireland and Catalonia were tied after one afternoon fourball. Kevin McCarthy and Ian Dillon won their fourball encounter by 3&2 against Marc Lloret and Enric Sanz but otherwise four wins by the Catalans left the home side 3 clear overnight.

The Catalans won three and halved one of the of the morning foursomes to take quite a grip on proceedings. However, the Irish fought gallantly and wins by Martha O'Brien and Maree O'Toole in the ladies match and Shane Redmond and Conor McCarthy in the juniors encounter left Catalonia just a single point clear heading into the afternoon fourballs.

 

Timetable for weekend
June 6th: Practice 09.00-19.00
June 7th: Foursomes 10.00; Fourballs 15.30
June 8th: Singles 10.00

Results of past matches

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The event poster can be found here.
Catalonia v. Ireland Challenge Poster

The following players will represent Catalonia in the forthcoming international challenge:

Marc Lloret
Josep Martínez
Enric Sanz
Dani Giménez
Ricardo Betlinski
Salvador Moliné
Francisco Arévalo
Abby Nachshon
Encarnación Robledo
Núria Dalmau
Marc Ibáñez
Jordi Torrecilla

The following players will represent Ireland in the forthcoming international challenge:

Conor McCarthy (Deerpark)
Shane Redmond (Channonrock)
Martha O'Brien (Lakeside)
Helen Daly (Cill na Mona)
Maree O'Toole (Shandon)
Weeshie Murphy (Raffeen Creek)
Martin Fawl (Clare Road)
John Carton (Kilbeggan)
Frank Ryan (St. Bridget's)
Ian Dillon (St. Bridget's)
Kevin McCarthy (Rocklodge)
Christy Broe (Old County)

Team Manager will be Old County's Michael Murphy, assisted by Mary Farrell (Gaeil Colmcille).

 

 
JOSÉ ANTONIO DE MIQUEL R.I.P.

José Antonio de Miquel, President of the Catalan Pitch & Putt from 1998 to 2002, has died last weekend at the age of 80.

Catalan players and administrators are expressing sincere condolences to members of his family, and indeed gratitude for all his efforts to foster and promote the new sport in our country. José Antonio was the promoter of the lovely course in Manresa. He succeeded Martin Whitelaw as president of the Catalan Association in 1998 and through a number of initiatives significantly increased the numbers of licenced players while actively encouraging promoters to build more courses. During his mandate as president he introduced the popular national ranking circuit (which has since gone from strength to strength), the National Matchplay tournaments and the annual gala prize giving ceremonies. Furthermore, José Antonio oversaw the introduction of the acclaimed computerised handicap system for all competitions throughout Catalonia.

He was succeeded as president by José Maria de Anzizu in 2002. Several courses staging competitions paid respect for the work of the deceased president observing moments of silence before tournaments began.

May José Antonio de Miguel rest in peace. 

 
2015 EUROPEAN STROKEPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

 21-23 August 2015, Orvelte, Netherlands.

EPPA has announced that this event will be organised by the NPPB on their course Orvelte, as presented prior to the EPPA AGM of April 5th in Barcelona. Ian Farrelly of Ireland will defend his title at a course that will by then have hosted two Dutch Opens.

Get the preliminary details here

 

 
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