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Son Triumphs over Father in All Family Affair

Writes Ciaran Dineen

There was some incredible local news in the golfing world over the weekend as David Howard faced his father, John in the 50th stage of the Ford Junior Scratch Trophy. The matchplay event started out with over 300 golfers and on Sunday afternoon in Muskerry Golf Course it came down to just two, David and John.

The pair were joined by another two members of the golfing-obsessed family, sons Jack and Michael, who ended up caddying for David and John respectively. All of the Howard family now play their golf in Fota Island, but had previously spent their golfing days in Raffeen Creek Golf Club.

David, the youngest of the three brothers and playing off a handicap of four, made it to the final following wins over Doug Hicks, Peter O’Mahony, Jack Boyd, David Byrnes and Mark O’Sullivan. Meanwhile, his father John came through battles against Ken Manley, Luke Mannerings, Evan O’Connell, Muskerry Captain Diarmuid Linehan and Adrian O’Sullivan.

The final itself was as close an affair as the family connections, with David going ahead on a few occasions before John pegged him back. Eventually, with three holes to go David found himself 2 up walking down the 16th fairway. A nine iron approach set the youngest Howard up for a birdie and when his father couldn’t match this, the contest was over and David crowned champion.

The rivalry on the course however could never come between the two and what a sight it was to see all four Howard men walking the course together, as if it was any old day in times gone by. That’s another trophy that proud mother and wife Eithne Howard (Dempsey) can display at home for all to see. Congratulations to David and all the Howard family from everyone at The Carrigdhoun.

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