IT really was a match of two rounds in the Munster U-16 Matchplay decider in Larkspur Park as Majestic’s Ed Walsh completed a dramatic second round comeback to defeat defending champion Ryan Towler of St Annes 3&1. Towler looked well on course to successfully defend his title having led by 5up after the first 18 holes but Walsh took control of proceedings when the second round started gradually reeling him in so much that he would go 2up on Towler with seven holes left to play.
Towler did bring the match back to one but wins at the 16th and 17th holes were enough for Walsh to complete the extraordinary win in difficult conditions at the Cashel venue. Walsh had earlier defeated Raffeen Creek’s Ian O’Donoghue (at the first playoff hole), Deerpark’s Sean Courtney and two players from the host club Sean O’Neill and Adam Buckley to make it to the decider. Runner-Up Towler meanwhile had defeated Riverdale’s Sean Crowe, St Stephens’ Adam Finn, Deerpark’s Cillian Courtney and Raffeen Creek’s David Howard in the defence of the title.
After just missing out on winning the inaugural title in Athgarvan the previous year, Castletown’s Evan Carry made no mistake in the second staging of the Leinster U-16 Matchplay in Ratoath with a big win over another Meath player, Sean Bellows from Gaeil Colmcille in the decider. Carry started off the day with a victory over John Foley from the host club in the First Round before defeating Lennon Blake from the Longmeadows club in Dublin in the quarter-finals.
A 2&1 victory over last year’s Leinster U-16 Strokeplay Champion Ross O’Reilly from Old County was a big scalp in the semi-finals before he faced Bellows in the decider. Bellows had overcome Skyrne’s Jack Dardis, Longmeadows’ Craig Hennessy and Old County’s Conor O’Reilly (3&2) in the semi-finals before going on to face Carry. Carry was always in control of the Final, leading 7up after the first 18 holes and while Bellows did bring the match to the back nine he still could not prevent a 9&8 victory for his Castletown opponent.
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