Communications & Press Officer Jason O’Connor reports on a day of extended playoff drama in the Munsters at ESB as it proved to be a memorable day for the St Patricks and Lucan clubs in Leinster.
DRAMA personified in ESB in the Senior Gents Competition today as Fermoy’s Bryan Delaney eventually came out on top in his home course after winning a marathon 68 holes from St Annes’ Frank Dineen. Delaney, Dineen and John Cahill of Fermoy all finished level on 21 under par after the initial 54 holes (36 hole leader Damien Fleming missing out on joining them by a single stroke) with a further nine holes ensuing.
Both Bryan and Frank shot four under for their nine holes with John Cahill having to make do with third on three under but there was to be no separated either Bryan or Frank over the next four holes. Then playing the 14th hole for the third time in proceedings, Bryan got the birdie he needed to secure victory and bring a heroic contest between both to a finish. Not only was the win for Bryan in his old course of ESB significant but it was also a bit of redemption after losing out to John Walsh in a nine hole playoff in St Annes the previous year.
The Intermediate saw last year’s Munster Junior Matchplay Champion Conor Fahy of Parteen add another provincial title to his name as he got the better of Fermoy duo Daniel Quirke and Peter O’Donovan after 63 holes. All three players tied on 13 under par after the initial 54 holes with 36 hole leader Jimmy Quinn (also Fermoy) missing out by two strokes in joining them having shot an initial 36 hole score of 14 under.
Conor had two under in the playoff to get the better of Daniel by a single stroke with Peter’s level par total giving him third place overall.
If St Patricks thought Saturday was a successful day in Kilcullen then it got even better for the Enniscorthy club today as Martin O’Neill and Paul Tobin did a gold and bronze place finish in the Senior Gents event to match what their Intermediate club-mates Ruairi Fortune and John Tyrell did the day before. Martin shot a great round of 18 under par to take the 36 hole by one stroke from Frank Ryan of Athgarvan with Loughlinstown’s Gary Healy third on 15 under par. It was Tobin who moved through the field to take third place in the end however with a great closing round of eight under par to finish on 19 under.
O’Neill had seven under in the playoff himself to finish on 25 under par as a closing round of six under gave Ryan second on 23 under. Over in McDonagh at the Ladies Chrissie Byrne also had a great closing round of eight under to regain the senior title by three shots from 18 hole leader and Ryston club-mate Tara Dillon on seven under par. Chrissie’s 36 hole score was 10 under as her sister Marian Courtney claimed third on four under par.
The Intermediate event went to a former senior winner herself in Lucan’s Phil Condron as consistent rounds of level and one over par gave her a winning score of 109. That was six clear of St Bridgets Catherine Smith in second on 114 which included a great closing round of two under par. Laura Whelan of Old County was a hot further behind on 115 as she finished with a second 18 of one over par to claim third place.
The Junior event also went to Lucan as much like St Patricks in the Gents they had a Champion double in the three events. Patricia Anderson shot rounds of 60 and 63 to win by a single stroke from Moira Behan of the hosts McDonagh on 124 as a closing 59 just came up short for Moira in the end. A third prize on the day for Lucan would come in the third place finisher as Angela Shanahan would claim the prize with 126.
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