John Leonard (Captain, Castle Golf Club) with Ken McDonagh (Dawson Jewellers) presenting Michael and Stephen Finlan (Grange Castle / Castle) with the 2018 Dawson Jewellers sponsored Father & Son Competition at the Castle Golf Club today (15/07/2018). Also in the picture is Lee Healion (Tournament Chairman). Picture by Pat Cashman

Michael and Stephen Finlan (Grange Castle/Castle) won the 2018 All Ireland Father and Son, sponsored by Dawson Jewellers, at Castle Golf Club for the fourth time.

Michael is now a five-time winner as he also won in 1979 with his father Ben.

2018’s competition saw almost 450 golfers representing nearly 100 different golf clubs participated in the qualifying rounds of this prestigious tournament.

This event is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and this was evident from the qualifying rounds and right through all the matchplay stages

The Finlans overcame Vincent and Lloyd O’Rourke (Naas) in a closely fought matchplay final, played in a friendly atmosphere throughout, which finally ended at the 15th hole to win 4 and 3.

Both pairs treated spectators to fine golf right throughout the week and a large crowd enjoyed a fantastic final played in the spirit that this competition is renowned for.

The Finlans had battled through their semi-final against an excellent Pierse duo, Morgan and Jack, who played off four and +2 respectively, edging them out 4 and 3 as well.

They had been taken to a second playoff hole in Friday’s quarter-finals by Lurgan pair Brian and Martin Scullion. They were also taken to the last hole in the round of 16 before winning 1 up in what was their third round of knock-out matches.

The O’Rourkes went the distance in their semi-final against a Castle team of Andrew and Ryan Baird, winning on the 19th hole.

The competition, which is the biggest amateur open event on the Irish golfing calendar, was sponsored by Dawson Jewellers.

Ken McDonagh from Dawson Jewellers said that his company were delighted to be part of this great tournament that builds and nourishes future talent, family relationships and values.

Players from clubs around the country were very complimentary about the golf course and its presentation for the week and in particular the warm Castle welcome received by all.

The quality of the golf was at the highest standard for the entire week and included two hole-in-ones by John Maguire (Foxrock) and Lloyd O’Rourke (Naas).