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Main Image; Ronan Murray (Galway Bay) hitting his opening Tee Shot
After its customary two leg Provincial Final it was the Pat Power captained Galway Bay Super Seven who captured the Club's first Connacht Shield pennant.
The Connacht Shield was first played for in 1949 and despite being the 69th staging of the event, last Saturday was assured of a new Club name adorning the Shield for the first time in many years as neither Galway Bay or Achill had ever won it before.
Achill were hoping to emulate the achievement of their West Mayo rivals and fellow Nine Hole Course, Mulranny, who won the Jack O'Sullivan Trophy last month, but despite a great effort they fell just short of the mark.
Leading 4-1 from the first Leg Galway Bay were certainly in the driving seat but knew that their coast to coast trek to probaly the most westerly point in the province was going to require a super effort.
Galway Bay delivered though and took two of the opening three singles to secure the sixth match point required to assure them of victory, the final scoreling being officially 7-3 over the two legs.
Darragh O'Neill (Galway Bay) teeing off the 1st in Achill.
Congratulations to both Clubs on providing two great matches and in particular to the members of Achill who had to overcome Storm Callum to make their course playable 24hrs after seeing their opening two holes covered by a foot of sea water, a truly remarkable community effort was put into effect and all concerned are to be applauded.