Aquinas began their 2014 Darren Clarke Golf League campaign with a narrow victory over Edmund Rice at a very damp Shandon Park. A new look team including no less than 3 debutants performed admirably despite the difficult conditions. Years 8 students Ciaran Shearer and Olivia McClurg won their first points for Aquinas, with Olivia in particular showing impressive ball striking and a very impressive short game. Notable performances were also produced by Conall McHugh especially on the front nine and Pearse Reihill who took his older opponent all the way to the 18th, only losing to a closing birdie. Our next outing is against old rivals St. Malachy’s at Royal Belfast on 10th March. Our aim is to advance beyond the group stages and with continued practise over the next few weeks (weather permitting!) this remains a real possibility.

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