Carew proud of mentality as he captures Rosslare Scratch in playoff

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Castleknock’s Quentin Carew will head to next week’s West of Ireland Championship full of confidence after a very hard fought win at the Rosslare Senior Scratch Cup.

Carew edged club mate Paul Coughlan and Jake Whelan in a two-hole playoff in rotten conditions to take the title.

Munster Strokeplay winner Whelan of Grange GC bowed out at the first playoff hole after he bogeyed while Castleknock duo Carew and Coughlan battled on down the 20th hole.

“Delighted to get the win,” said Carew. “It was a tough day out there, particularly in the second round, a lot of wind and a lot of rain. Myself Paul and Jake were all tied at three-under after the first round I was pleased with my game in the morning it was in decent shape and just wanted to put together a score in the afternoon.”

The Irish Close champion shared the halfway lead with Coughlan and Whelan after the trio shot morning rounds of 69 and they couldn’t be separated after 36 holes on four-under-par.

Abbeyfeale native Carew let a healthy advantage slip late on which allowed Whelan and Coughlan the opportunity to pounce.

The Tallaght based Garda was pleased with how he handled himself mentally after he was able to refocus on the task at hand in the playoff. An experience he hopes to draw on throughout the season.

“It was a good test playing against the two boys to see where I’m at and put in a good fight against them. I started off really well in the second round and got a good lead by a few shots on the lads. Made a few silly mistakes over the last five or six holes and the two lads made some birdies to get back into it.

“Come 18 it was all level again and it was tough to take after having a good lead and letting it slip. It was hard to refocus I was very down on myself and angry with myself, just silly mistakes.

“I got my head back into the right place and told myself I was still in it. The 19th myself and Paul made pars and Jake made bogey. The 20th, I pipped Paul with a good two-putt for the win. The relief was unbelievable to be honest!

“The feeling of throwing it away is the hardest thing ever to get your head back into the frame of mind to refocus and get it done. I was delighted to get my head back in the right place and get it over the line, it will stand to me no doubt.”

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