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Point pair help Ireland to win third successive King’s Cup.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

TWO Warrenpoint Golf Club members have helped Ireland wrap up a third successive International King's Cup victory.

Ryan Gribben and David Barron played a key role in the success, finishing the three-day tournament undefeated.

Supported by Tourism NI, the International King's Cup is a Ryder Cup-style tournament which honours golf's greatest ambassador, Mr Arnold Palmer and is played at the 5- Star Lough Erne Resort.

This year, 12-man teams (six pairs) of club golfers from Ireland and the USA went head to head at the Sir Nick Faldo designed course in Co.Fermanagh.

Ireland dominated the fourball and greensomes session on Wednesday and Thursday to take a huge lead into the final day singles.

Under King's Cup rules, players receive two points for a hole won, one point each for a hole halved and nothing for a lost hole.

Ireland needed just 176 points from the final 12 singles matches to pass the winning mark of 433 points.

Team USA got off to a great start when Brad Garrett won his opening tie against Martin White, but there was no sign of a dramatic fight back.

Bob Daddano beat Liam Byrne and Matt McDevitt beat Colin O'Leary, who managed a hole in one at the third, but that was as good as it got for the USA.

Ireland set about chipping away at their points target and wins for Sean O'Gallachoir, Pat Creamer, Michael Ryan, Declan McKeever and Darren McKeever set up Martin Smyth to grab the winning points from his halved match with Bob Silvestri.

International King's Cup final results

Day One -

Fourballs - Ireland 127 USA 89

Foursomes - Ireland 130 USA 86

Singles - Ireland 228 USA 204

Final total - Ireland 485 USA 379

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