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In the second and final leg of the Metropolitan Trophy the day began with the Alitalia Airbus Papal Aircraft flying at a low level over the Clubhouse at Portmarnock enroute to landing at Dublin Airport on Saturday 25th August.
It was a cloudy day with a tidal breeze when the teams teed off at 11am. Portmarnock were on the back foot having lost 8 of their 9 matches to Greystones two weeks previously in very wet weather conditions at Greystones Golf Club.
Portmarnock got off to a quick start by winning the first 5 matches causing much excitement among the mnay supporters from both clubs. News got around quickly that Portmarnock had won the 8th and 9th matches.
The overall state of play was now Greystones 8 Portmarnock 8. Two matches were still in contention. Excitement grew and Greystones showed their strength when John Egan who was ahead and dormie 1up on the 18th tee beat Brian Thornes by 2 holes.
The outcome was now resting with the final match alive on the 18th tee. Followed by a crowd of 80+ supporters the final match alive was all square on the 18th tee. Shay O'Keeffe brought Greystones to victory on the final green when Niall O'Dwyer conceded the match.
At the presentation ceremony, Portmarnock Captain Tadg O'Dwyer quipped that he saw Pope Francis looking out his window on the aircraft and winking at him much as to say this might be your day!
Greystones Captain Barry Massey said that he was delighted to receive a Leinster Golf Pennant and the Trophy which the club won previously in 1999.
The aggregate result over two legs: Greystones 10 Portmarnock 8
Photo courtsey of Cashman Photography