2018 National Gents Strokeplay


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18.40 As the prize presentation begins, we congratulate Damien, Michael and John on their respective championship wins. We thank Glenville for the excellence of their course and their wonderful hospitality. We thank all the players and supporters for their co-operation. Thanks for following our blog.

18.35 Damien Fleming (Deerpark) is finally the National Strokeplay champion. John Ross Crangle is second, one shot back. Three players tie on 147 - Kevin McCarthy, Joe Joyce and Bryan Delaney. Kevin McCarthy takes third on the final eighteen, Joe Joyce of the fabulous host club fourth (on the back nine). Bryan Delaney will rue a four on the final hole but the reigning National Matchplay champion continues his outstanding form.

18.25 Damien Fleming posts an eight birdie no bogey final round 46 including four in a row from the ninth. The Deerpark, Killarney man takes the clubhouse lead on 144 (-18). Kevin McCarthy scores 49 for a 54 hole aggregate of 147.

18.20 Shane Murphy is in the clubhouse with -10 while Graham Donohue's total is -8.

18.15 Chris Gallagher finishes -14 after a 49. Frank Dineen posts a 52 for 151.

18.10 Damien Fleming -18 after 51 holes, Kevin McCarthy -15 after 52, Bryan Delaney -16 after 49.

18.05 After reaching -17 following his ace, birdie salvo on 10 and 11, JR Crangle is disappointed to only par in from there (four on 12, two on 13 and five straight pars to finish) but he is the clubhouse leader on 145 (-17) after a brilliant 46. Damien Fleming is -17 on the course. Frank Ryan finishes -12.

18.00 Eamon Gibney moves into the clubhouse lead on 149 (-13). The World Cup and European Team championship winner dropped just a single stroke (at the 14th) in his final round 48. Anthony Malone scored 50 for his 151 total.

17.55 John Ross Crangle and Damien Fleming are now tied on the course on -17. JR has one to play. Damien has five to play.

17.50 The new clubhouse leader is Padraic Sarsfield (McBride). Padraic closed with an eight birdie 49 for his 150 (-12) aggregate. 

17.45 Damien Fleming fires 23 going out to move to 14 under par. Kevin McCarthy is -11, Shane Murphy -10, Graham Donohue -8. 

17.40 Crangle drops a shot on 12 but immediately bounces back with a birdie on the 13th. Still in the lead on 17 under. David Campbell finishes -6.

17.35 Leader in the clubhouse is Fermoy's Declan Freeman who has finished on 151 (-11). Declan closed with a 48, courtesy of four birdies in a row from the 12th. After 45 holes, Frank Dineen is -11 and Chris Gallagher -10.

17.30 After a superb 22, John Ross Crangle makes the turn at fourteen under par for the championship after 45 holes and promptly aces the tenth before birdieing the 11th. Frank Ryan remains -9. JR would become the 14th different player in history to win both the National Gent's Strokeplay and the National Gent's Matchplay. At -8 for the round and now -17 overall, he'll never have a better chance.

17.25 Eamon Gibney races to the turn in 23 and is now -11 for the championship. Playing partner Anthony Malone, the former two-time champion, playing in the final round for the 8th time since 1995, remains -7.

17.20 Former National Matchplay champion John Ross Crangle soars to -14 for the championship after birdieing five of the first seven holes in the final round. After two seconds, a third and fourth can the Loughlinstown man finally clinch the Strokeplay?

17.15 Anthony Gibney moves to -9 overall after an opening nine of 25 as does Padraic Sarsfield. Eoin Walsh is -7 for the championship as is Derek Ryan. Aidan O'Connor is -6. 

17.10 The leaders have just left the first green, still tied on -11. Joe Joyce holed a four footer to save his par.  David Campbell has moved to -9 overall after a first nine 24. 

17.00 The first final round group have reached the tenth tee. Declan Freeman scores 25 for the front nine to climb to -7 overall. Anto Kavanagh shoots 28 to sit on -4.

16.15 Final Round is just about to begin. The cut fell at 103 (-5). Anthony Kavanagh (Bellewstown) gets the twentieth slot on the second 18 tiebreak.

16.00 A hole in one on Glenville's 4th helps Castleisland's Aidan O'Connor safely through on 102.

15.50 Five birdies in a row from the tenth in his opening round helped 2012 National Matchplay runner-up Eoin Walsh to safely make the cut on 101.

15.45 Anthony Gibney mixed five birdies with three bogeys in his final nine of 25 but the Navan man is safely through on 101 (-7).

15.40 Reigning Matchplay champ Bryan Delaney overcomes two early bogeys second time and ties the clubhouse lead on 97 (-11) after a fine closing nine of 23 and a second eighteen 50 (in which he birdied three of the last five).

15.30 John Ross Crangle joins the group on 99 as an ace on the tricky 9th helps the Loughlinstown man to a second round of 51.

15.25 Eoin Walsh and Anthony Gibney are both -5 with nine holes to play.

15.20 Irish international pair James Cleary and Ray Murphy both finish on 104 but that probably won't be sufficient to make it through.

15.15 A hole in one at the 14th helped Derek Ryan of St. Patrick's to an opening 48 and despite six second round bogeys he holds on for a 54 and a 102 aggregate, which should qualify. Julian Kelly faded after his explosive start and the Glenville player finishes on 106.

15.10 The champion of ten years ago Frank Dineen was an impressive seven under par for his last 13 holes. A second round 48 leaves the dual Irish Open champion in a very challenging position on 99 (-9). Bryan Delaney remains seven under par with nine to play.

15.05 John Ross Crangle has improved his score to -8 after a 25 for the opening nine second time round as former Matchplay and Strokeplay champion Darren Collins sweats around the cut mark with a 103 total.

15.00 Liam O'Donovan finishes on 105, Declan Freeman on 103, the same score as Anto Kavanagh, who parred just one hole in an up and down third nine of 25.

14.55 A brilliant closing nine of six under par 21 sees Eamon Gibney round in 47 second time for a 36 hole aggregate of 101.

14.10 Reigning National Matchplay champion Bryan Delaney sits in a very menacing position after scoring a first round 47. It's beginning to rain again at Glenville as Denis O'Sullivan posts 57.

14.00 Last year's National Matchplay champion and regular Strokeplay contender John Ross Crangle bogeyed the short third but also recorded seven birdies in his 48. Tullamore's Paul Carey is on 55.

13.50 Bryan Delaney, the 2009 Strokeplay kingpin and reigning National Matchplay champion, is two under par after his first nine of 25. Karl Murphy 54, Paul O'Brien 58, John Browne 53, Andrew Lowe 54.

13.45 Dublin Inter-County colleagues John Ross Crangle and George McGreal are both three under the card after their respective opening nine holes. Pre event favourite and four times champion Ray Murphy has compiled a first round of 52 while Ireland European Team championship hero James Cleary is -4 on 50.

13.40 Local hope Julian Kelly faltered a little on the back nine with a 29 but the Glenville man is still well placed on 51. Derek Ryan of St. Patrick's fired a tremendous 22 back nine in his 48. Former Leinster Matchplay runner-up Rene Jan Bloem cards 54 while Offaly Inter-County player Anthony Galvin posts 56.

13.30 John Carroll was runner-up in this championship at Ferrybank, 28 years ago! The Waterford man posts 52 while playing partner Frank Dineen, the 2008 champion, is round in 51.

13.25 2004 National Strokeplay champion at St. Stephen's Darren Collins (he's also a former intermediate champion!) comes home in 24 for a first round 50, alongside Castleisland's James Dignan who cards 53.

13.20 Three-time National Strokeplay champion Liam O'Donovan falls foul of the uphill 14th and cards a double bogey there en route to 53. Anto Kavanagh opens with three straight birdies but has to settle for a 52 after he double bogeyed the downhill 15th.

13.15 Cork's Inter-County captain from 2017 Declan Freeman ran into some trouble on the second nine but posts a total of 54. Offaly's Joe McGrath, a National Mixed Team event winner in the past, is on 55.

13.05 Another home club player begins to make his mark on the championship as Glenville's Julian Kelly races to the turn in 22. Derek Ryan (St. Patrick's) shoots 52. Eamon Gibney, who won the Irish Open here four years ago, scores 54 for the first round while Ian Dillon cards 51.

13.00 Stephen Murray is the first player of the second session to complete eighteen holes. The Old County man scored 24 coming home to post 54 after an uncertain start, which saw the former Irish Open runner-up three over after nine. Cork's David Doyle (St. Anne's) is on 62.

12.55 Chris Gallagher shoots a second round of 49 to join the sub-100 scorers on 99. 2016 runner-up Darren O'Connell signs for 114. Sean Goggin finishes four under so the former National Matchplay runner-up probably won't survive the cut. Trim's David Campbell might - he's six under after two consistent rounds of 51.

12.50 Damien Fleming amasses nine birdies and just a single bogey in a best round of the weekend so far - a 46, which leaves the Deerpark player safely into the final round for the twefth time - alongside Shane Murphy and Kevin McCarthy on 98. Former champion (Tullamore 2008) Frank Dineen is out in 25. 

12.45 A superb bogey free second round of 47 catapults Joe Joyce (Glenville) into the 36 hole lead on eleven under par 97. Conor O'Hare is three under after a 105. Sean Goggin and David Campbell are both 4 under par with 27 holes played.

12.40 The much travelled International Open contestant Anthony Kavanagh is three under after nine holes. Declan Freeman of Fermoy is two under. Threo-time champion Liam O'Donovan is on 28.

12.35 Mark Millar's title defence looks to be over after the Louth man finished with 105. Alongside Mark, Anthony Malone holed in one at the seventh in a second round 49, which sees the 1989 and 1991 champion in the clubhouse on seven under par 101.

12.30 2015 Dublin Strokeplay champion Chris Gallagher scores 24 over the first nine of his second round and the Lucan man is seven under after 27 holes. Padraic Sarsfield is -7 under after 36 holes following a second eighteen of 52. Ian Dillon is best of the second session starters so far - the Leinster Mixed Foursomes champion and regular Scratch Cup protagonist has gone out in 24.

12.25 Graham Donohoe birdies five in a row from the 13th in his second round 48 en route to joining Frank Ryan on nine under par 99. Jason O'Regan, a National Juvenile Inter-County winner with Kerry back in the day, has finished on 104.

12.20 John Cahill aces the 6th in a second round 52 but the 2018 European Team championship winner with Ireland won't survive the 36 hole cut after signing for 109 overall. Meanwhile, Frank Ryan, winner of the National Mixed Team Event at Glenville with St. Bridget's in 2002, cards a second round 52 to currently lie third on 99 (-9).

12.15 Philip Sweeney (Lucan) closes with another 54 for a 108 aggregate while Wexford native, McDonagh member, Joe Ronan is in with 110. Owen Smith improves ten strokes on his first round with 49 to finish on level par. Thomas O'Reilly is level on his second round for a 36 hole tally of 103.

12.10 Damien Fleming's chances of another podium finish look good as the Killarney native Cork resident has moved to -6 after a third nine of 23. He's made the cut 11 times and he's odds on to make it an even dozen in 2018. Brian Cahill is in with 108. John Walsh's championship looks to be over after the 1997 and 2015 champion carded 106.

12.05 A brilliant second 18 of 48 by Kieran Earls but that's still likely to leave the Parteen man shy of the cut line. Patrick Noonan of Lucan has posted 109. Kevin Bermingham's National Strokeplay finals debut has ended with a 106. Barry Thornton is four over par with nine to play while Stephen O'Reilly is two over. Glenville's own Joe Joyce is -7 after 27 holes.

12.00 Defending champion and captain of Team Europe Mark Millar has improved to -2 after 27 holes. He will need to go low on the back nine to make the 36 hole cut. Anthony Malone looks to be still in contention for a third title. The Lucan legend is 5 under with nine to play.

11.55 Shane Murphy has been joined atop the 36 hole leaderboard by fellow Corkman Kevin McCarthy. The 2012 National Matchplay champion from the Rocklodge club carded just one bogey in his ten under par 98. William Hudson is four under after his 104.

11.50 Cathal Dunne is in with 2 under 106 on the course where he was National Matchplay runner-up, 24 years ago! Meanwhile Graham Donohoe (who plays off +3 in golf!) stands five under par with nine to play. Jason O'Regan is one under after 27 while Thomas Hanley is even par.

11.45 In a very impressive performamce, Shane Murphy (Raffeen Creek) has carded just three bogeys in compiling a ten under par return of 98. The 2011 National Intermediate Strokeplay championship has contended just once in the senior championship, 13th at Rocklodge five years ago, but he will be in contention today. The 2016 National Matchplay champion is the new leader.

11.40 1987 National Intermediate Strokeplay champion John Looney (Collins) is the 36 hole leader in the clubhouse after posting 107. Erry's Sean Buckley cards 117. Menawhile Frank Ryan has improved to 8 under par after 27 having gone out in 26 second time around.

11.35 John Walsh has made the 36 hole cut 17 times in the National Strokeplay championship. He'll need a good back nine to make it today. The former two-time champion is -2 after 27. Tom O'Reilly is still on -5 with nine to play.

11.30 Second session of the gent's senior championship is getting underway, as David Campbell posts 51 at the bottom of the 08.30 session, alongside Sean Goggin who is on 54.

11.25 Another 50 has been posted, by Lucan's Chris Gallagher. Darren O'Connell remains +5 after 18 holes. Joe Ronan +3 after 27 while Philip Sweeney is +1.

11.20 Damien Fleming was third in this championship in 2016 and 2017. His 2018 campaign has opened with a 52. Kevin Bermingham and William Hudson are -2 and -3 respectively after 27 holes. Kieran Earis is even par with nine to play while Patrick Noonan is +2.

11.15 2016 Dublin Matchplay victor Joe Joyce of the host club has posted a first round of 50 alongside former Leinster champion Conor O'Hare who is on 53.

11.10 Another former National Matchplay champion (2012) Kevin McCarthy has moved to 7 under par after 27 holes. Martin Keohane is one under as is John Looney. 

11.00 Former National Matchplay champion Shane Murphy moves to 8 under par after 27 holes while Strokeplay title holder Mark Millar completes a first round 55. Anthony Malone, bidding to relive past glories from the '80s and '90s, posts 52.

10.55 Another sub-par 18 hole return from former National Juvenile Strokeplay contender (he was third in 2005) - Graham Donohoe (St. Patrick's), who is three under at halfway. Collinstown's John McDonald lies on three over. Padraic Sarsfield, a Leinster Inter-County winner with Louth, scores 49 while Tralee's Alan Hobbert posts 57.

10.50 The final two groups of the morning session have now completed nine holes. Former Dublin Strokeplay champion Chris Gallagher shoots 27. Darren O'Connell, the 2016 National Strokeplay runner-up, scores 32. 2013 National Matchplay runner-up (and Glenville Scratch Cup winner) Sean Goggin cards 29 while Trim's David Campbell is -1.

10.45 Tom O'Reilly's score didn't last long at the top of the current leaderboard. Frank Ryan, the former two-time Leinster Matchplay champion and National Over 55s kingpin eleven years ago, posts an outstanding 47. A man with a wonderful affinity for this championship, Damien Fleming (Deerpark) has opened reasonably well. He's 2 under par on 25 after nine holes. Fermoy's John Cahill opened with a double bogey, and although he recovered well to be even par after nine, is now three over after the first round. Tralee's Jason O'Regan and Bruff's Tommy Hanley are tied on 53 (-1).

10.40 Tom O'Reilly of Old County, Inter-County winner with Dublin two years ago, posts the first sub-50 score of the weekend. O'Reilly is on 49 heading out on the second eighteen. Owen Smith is five over after his first round.

10.35 John Walsh (Collins) is battling to make the cut after the former two-time champion posts a first round 54. 2009 National Junior Strokeplay champion Brian Cahill (Lakeside) also shoots 54 alongside Walsh. Barry Thornton is +1 after nine, Stephen O'Reilly is +3. Conor O'Hare and Joseph Joyce both shoot 26 going out.

10.30 One of the headline morning groups has reached the turn. Defending champion Mark Millar is +2 while former two-time winner Anthony Malone, recent impressive victor at Lucan Scratch Cup, is -1. Joe Ronan is one over after 18. Philip Sweeney is even par as is clubmate Patrick Noonan. Kieran Earls lies +3 after his opening round.

10.25 Kevin Bermingham's impressive shwoing on his national strokeplay finals debut continues. The Old County stalwart cards 50 for the first round while Martin Keohane scores 52.

10.20 Latest 18 hole scores: Kevin McCarthy 50, William Hudson 52, Philip Reynolds 55, Gerry Coyne 58. Overcast and occasionally misty at Glenville - such a contrast to yesterday.

10.15 Padraic Sarsfield -2, Alan Hobbert +4 - both after nine holes.

10.10 Wexford Inter-County player Graham Donohoe goes out in 28 while his Westmeath counterpart John McDonald is three over.

10.05 Shane Murphy won the 2011 intermediate championship at Douglas. His bid for the senior chanpionship in 2018 has opened with a first 18 of 50. Cathal Dunne scores 55. Fresh from his European heroics, Thomas Hanley has gone out in 25. Jason O'Regan is level par after nine. Gary McGreal is five over after eighteen while Ierne's Jason Larkin is +3.

10.00 2007 National Over 55s victor Frank Ryan is three under after nine holes. 2001 National Strokeplay champion John Cahill scores even par.

09.55 The first group out have completed eighteen holes. 1987 National intermediate champion John Looney posts even par 54 while Sean Buckley is on 61.

09.50 An opening nine of 28 for former two-time champion John Walsh. 2009 National Junior Strokeplay winner Brian Cahill shoots 26.

09.45 Patrick Noonan -1 after nine, Kieran Earls (who was 4th three years ago) level, Lucan Club Captain Philip Sweeney +2, Joe Ronan +3.

09.40 Philip Reynolds, the 1998 Leinster Matchplay champion has gone out in 27. Gerry Coyne (Lough Owel) is +3. Former Dublin Strokeplay champion Kevin Bermingham scored 26 on (surprisingly) his first appearance in the National Strokeplay finals. Enniscorthy's William Hudson is also on -1.

09.35 Kevin McCarthy, the 2012 National Matchplay champion from Rocklodge, has breezed out in 23 (-4). Who said Glenville was playing difficult? Playing partner Martin Keohane scored 26.

09.30 After 9 holes - John Looney +2, Gary McGreal +5, Sean Buckley +6, Jason Larkin +6.

09.25 1994 National Matchplay runner-up Cathal Dunne (St. Bridget's) carded 27 for the first nine.

09.20 2016 National Matchplay champion Shane Murphy (Raffeen Creek) has gone out in 25. 

08.50 Welcome back to Glenville for the second day of the Gent's National Strokeplay championships. It's cooler than yesterday. Sean Buckley of Erry set the senior championship in motion on the dot of 08.30 this morning. We'll have updates throughout the day.


19.40 That's it for today from a still very warm Glenville. Join us tomorrow for full blog coverage of the senior championship from 08.30.

19.35 Michael Kirby scores 25 for the play-off and the first player from the Larkspur Park club in Cashel to win the National Gent's Intermediate Strokeplay championship. Michael Vaughan (Inniskeen) returns 27 and is second for the second time in three years. 

19.30 Michael Kirby leads by three with just two holes to play.

19.25 Michael Kirby now two up after five holes.

19.20 Michael Kirby holds a one stroke lead after four holes.

19.05 Nine hole intermediate play-off is underway. Both players parred the first. 

19.00 Frank O'Brien (Collins) takes intermediate third place on the back 18 with a fine 51 for 162. Barry Gorey (C.P.M.) loses out on the tiebreaker.

18.55 Play-off in intermediate between Michael Vaughan (Inniskeen) and Michael Kirby (Larkspur Park). They tie on 161 (-1).

18.50 Michael Vaughan double bogeys the last (his first five of the day) to finish on 54 for 161.

18.45 Robbie Donovan cards 56 for a 166 aggregate.

18.40 Trevor Ward finishes on 164 while Trevor Ward posts 172.

18.35 Michael Kirby (Larkspur Park) and Michael Vaughan (Inniskeen) are tied for the intermediate lead on -3 deep into the back nine.

18.25 Frank O'Brien (Collins) is the early intermediate clubhouse leader on 162 after a closing 51. Barry Gorey (C.P.M.) scored 52 for his 162 tally.

18.20 John Byrne (Lucan) is the new junior champion on 174. Second is Meath Strokeplay champion Stephen Behan (Laytown) on 175. Stephen takes silver on the final eighteen from Tipperary Strokeplay champion Sean O'Neill (Larkspur Park).

18.15 Michael Kirby (Larkspur Park) is three under par for the intermediate championship after 45 holes. He leads by two from Michael Vaughan and by three from Bryan Murphy, Dean Dinnegan and Michael Green.

18.10 John Byrne (Lucan) bogeys the final hole but he still wins the National Junior Strokeplay championship by a single stroke.

18.00 Robbie Donovan (Fermoy) has posted a 26 first nine in the final round to be one over par after 45 holes overall in the intermediate championship.

17.55 The new Junior clubhouse leader is Laytown's Stephen Behan who fired a 58 final round for 175 overall.

17.45 Ross Hurley (Rocklodge) posts a final round 69 for 188 overall. Derek Delaney (Gowran) takes the junior clubhouse lead with a 58 final round and an overall aggregate of 178.

17.40 In the opening intermediate final round group, Barry Gorey of C.P.M. is +2 overall while Frank O'Brien (Collins) is three over. Barry Walsh of Collins has NR'd but is continuing to act as a marker.

17.25 John Byrne +11 after 45 holes, Sean O'Neill +11, John Donnelly +15. So it's John Byrne and Sean O'Neill tied for the junior lead, one ahead of Keith Potter and two clear of Stephen Behan and Derek Delaney.

17.05 Keith Potter +12 after 45 holes, Stephen Behan +13, James Fleming +15.

17.00 Derek Delaney +13 after 45 holes, Mark Roche +15, Ross Hurley +16.

16.45 Intermediate final round will commence shortly. Michael Green of Cloghogue is just a single stroke behind with 18 to play. Michael will contest the final round alongside joint leaders Michael Kirby and Bryan Murphy. 

16.30 Michael Kirby (Larkspur Park) and Bryan Murphy (Raffeen Creek) lead the intermediate championship heading into the final round. The Tipp man and Cork man both returned three under par 105. 111 is the cut.

15.50 Junior Final Round is about to start. John Byrne bids to become the first Lucan winner of the Gents National Junior Strokeplay championship since 1976. John will play in the final group with John Donnelly (McBride) and Sean O'Neill of Larkspur Park.

15.40 Dean Dinnegan (Lough Owel) and Gerry Ward (Lucan) shoot 53 for the first round.

14.20 Thomas Judd (Portmarnock) shoots a 52 to boast the lowest score on the first eighteen of the second session of the intermediate championship.

12.55 The junior championship cut falls at 120. Derek Delaney (Gowran) gets the final slot on the back eighteen tiebreaker from Dean Revins (Kilbeggan).

12.45 A fine second 18 of 54 sees John Byrne (Lucan) in the 36 hole lead in the junior chanpionship. John is on 115 (+7). Second is Sean O'Neill (Larkspur Park) who added a 54 to his first round 62.

12.40 Corkman Bryan Murphy (Raffeen Creek) leads after the initial intermediate session. Bryan fired 52 and 53 for his three under par 105 total. That's two ahead of 2016 runner-up Michael Vaughan (Inniskeen).

12.15 36 hole scores now beginning to come in. We'll have a full update shortly.

11.40 The remaining 54 players are now registering for the second intermediate session, which is scheduled for 12.00

11.15 Rounds are taking longer than expected due to the tricky scoring conditions. This may have a knock on impact on starting times later in the day.

11.05 Glenville course is in superb condition but the prevailing heatwave and the hard ground off the greens are making scoring difficult.

11.00 Nathan Malone (Custume) leads the junior championship on 56 after 18 holes. Nathan lies one clear of Rocklodge's Ross Hurley.

10.55 Michael Vaughan (Inniskeen) and Bryan Murphy (Raffeen Creek) lead the opening session of the intermediate championship on 52 (-2) after 18 holes.

10.30 31 players in action in junior while 72 will contest the intermediate. Shane Callanan (Tullamore) was unavaoidably unable to take his place in the junior championship.

09.50 Beautifully warm and sunny conditions here at Glenville. We expect to have 18 hole scores from the opening session shortly.