Team Ireland won the second edition of GolfSixes as the team of Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan defeated Team France 2-0 in the final match of the innovative six-hole event at Centurion Club on Sunday.
The St Albans venue hosted 10,000 fans who saw the European Tour break new ground as women’s and mixed sides joined the 16 team field, with the England Women and European Women’s teams both making it through to Sunday’s knock-out stages.
Ireland met the England women’s pair of Georgia Hall and Charley Hull in the quarter-finals, defeating them 2-0 and then secured their place against France in the final after defeating South Korea in a sudden-death play-off, with Gavin Moynihan chipping in from off the green after the teams finished their semi-final 1-1.
Ireland were birdie or better on 12 of the 17 holes they played on Sunday after finishing top of Group C. In fact, the only match Dunne and Moynihan lost all week was to the French team of Mike-Lorenzo Vera and Romain Wattel in Saturday’s group stage.
The Irish pair – who played together in the victorious 2015 Walker Cup team – started quickly in the final, winning the first and third holes to forge an early 2-0 lead which the French were unable to pull back.
Dunne claims his second victory on English soil in the last seven months, having won the British Masters last October, while it’s Moynihan’s first victory since joining the European Tour in 2016.
In the third/fourth place play-off game, Korea defeated last year’s runners-up Australia 3-0.
Speaking of the win, Paul Dunne said:
“Apart from the group match against France, I think we were three‑under or better in every match through six holes. We just played really solid all week. Gavin was hitting some amazing iron shots, and obviously the pivotal moment for us was him chipping in on the playoff against the South Koreans. But I’m not surprised, anybody who Gavin through amateur golf knows he chips in at least once a round. He was due one. It’s a fun event but as I said before, when we have the tricolour besides your name, it becomes a little bit more serious. So we’re happy to represent Ireland well, have a nice trophy under the belt, and kind of sets well to kick on for the rest of the season.”