FOLLOWING the completion of today’s National Seniors Championships in Old County, all six of the titles on offer over the two days went to Leinster with a victory for Kildare in today’s Junior Gents event preventing a clean sweep of the honours for Dublin this weekend. The capital’s two wins today to go with the three Ladies titles yesterday came in the senior and Intermediate grades as Anthony Malone of Lucan won for the second time in three years in the senior grade.
It was a senior event that featured some great scoring as Malone came from two strokes behind after the first round to win by a single stroke from Erins Isle’s Charlie Egan with defending champion Wally Sheridan of Bellewstown finishing third. Frank Ryan of St Bridgets had been the halfway leader with eight under par but could only finish on 10 under after his 36 holes with Malone shooting seven under par in his second round to take the win on 13 under par. Egan had two rounds of six under par to take second as Sheridan finished a shot further behind in third on 11 under after a second round of five under par.
The Intermediate Grade saw a win for Erins Isle to go with Egan’s second place finish as Anthony Carroll had a three shot victory over three players who tied for the second place score. A good start was half the work for Carroll as he had five under par for his first round before improving his score by a stroke in the second 18 for a six under par total. Three players finished on three under par, Christy Hannon of St Bridgets got second on countback by virtue of a second round of two under par with John Feery of Kilbeggan getting third from Glenville’s Emmet Donnelly by virtue of a better back nine after both players had level par second rounds.
The Junior Grade was a bit more clear cut as by virtue of being the only player to finish under par, Ryston’s Aidan Whelan was the winner on one under. Whelan was two off the pace after the first 18 on one over but a second round of two under gave him the title from former winner Joseph O’Riordan of Bruff who had led the field on one under after the first round before a second round of three over par came against him in missing out on a second title by two shots with two over par in total.
Third place went not only to Glenville but the country of Holland also as Dutch native Ed Janssen claimed the prize thanks to a great second round of three under par to finish four over par for the tournament overall.
Senior: 1st A Malone (Lucan) 95, 2nd C Egan (Erins Isle) 96, 3rd W Sheridan (Bellewstown) 97
Intermediate: 1st A Carroll (Erins Isle) 102, 2nd C Hannon (St Bridgets) 105 (B18), 3rd J Feery (Kilbeggan) 105 (B9)
Junior: 1st A Whelan (Ryston) 107, 2nd J O’Riordan (Bruff) 109, 3rd E Janssen (Glenville) 112
Click on the above link to see how every player in every grade fared today.
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