2013 Holt Shield Final Fortwilliam v Carrickfergus Update 08/10/2013

Thanks to Tony Campbell for supplying me the following article. Take note convenors.


Holt Shield Final 1st leg result.
Fortwilliam 6pts (7 holes up)  Carrickfergus 4 pts.

1.Mark McKenna won 4-3
2.Gary Brown won 5-4
3.Brendan Loy lost 4-2
4.Gary Armstrong won 3-1
5.Stephen Benson lost 1down

Fortwilliam have it all to do now if they are going to successfully defend their title. The standard of golf was good and Carrickfergus deserve great credit for grinding out two matches leaving them in pole position for the return match. Fortwilliam have been in similar positions before and have successfully come through. It promises to be a close and exciting affair next week at Carrickfergus.
Gary Armstrong moves 2 point ahead in the Order of merit and is looking good to retain the title he won last year.
We need all the support we can get in Carrickfergus next weekend. Their support was impressive at Fortwilliam so lets get down to Carrickfergus and show them what real support is. 


Holt Shield Team Make 8th Final in 11 Years!!



Fortwilliam will play Carrickfergus in the 2013 Holt Shield Final.
Fortwilliam are the defending champions and are contesting an amazing eighth final in eleven years.
  Carrickfergus have been very strong throughout their 2013 campaign. They have cruised to the final showing great form. When they were surprisingly beaten 3-2 at home by Bangor in the semi-final, they showed their class by defeating Bangor 4-1 in the return leg to reach their second ever final.
  Fortwilliam have experienced a more difficult passage to the final. Matches have been close especially against Whitehead in the second round when they sneaked home by 2 holes.
  Fortwilliam have used a large panel of players throughout the 2013 campaign. However for various reasons the panel contesting the semi-final and final has been reduced to seven strong match players who have consistently proven themselves in the heat of battle.
  This year is the 50th anniversary of the Holt Shield and it would be a fitting year for Fortwilliam to win a record 8th title.
Carrickfergus won the Holt Shield in 1974 when they defeated Balmoral. Technically they have never lost a final, but given Fortwilliam's form in recent years it has a making of an exciting and close final.
Dates for the final.
Fortwilliam v Carrickfergus Sunday 6th Oct (tee-off 2.00pm)
Carrickfergus v Fortwilliam Sunday 13th Oct (tee-off 1.30pm)

Support at both matches would be much appreciated. Fortwilliam's accomplishment in contesting the Holt Shield over the past decade cannot be underestimated. So be a part of history and be there to hopefully witness a famous and historic victory.
Order of Merit.
Fortwilliam's O.O.M. is also a close affair this year. One of three players can win it and they are all past winners of the title. Stephen Benson and defending champion Gary Armstrong share the lead with 14 points with Brendan Loy close behind with 13 points. It will be a fight to the end for this prodigious award.
Good luck to both teams and hopefully we will be blessed with good weather.