Communications & Press Officer Jason O’Connor reports on the second day of action at the Provincial Inter-County Championships.
ONLY one place to start in Cork being dethroned as Munster Senior Gents winners for the first time since 2010 as an incredible Scotch Foursomes round of 36 by Limerick duo Kieran Earls and Tommy Hanley led to a 20 stroke victory for the host county and a first title since 2008 at this level for the Treaty County.
Out in 19, a Hole-in-One on the 12th in Parteen made up for parring the third for the duo of Earls and Hanley in birdieing the other 16 holes for an 18 under par score as a 13 under score from Liam O’Donovan and James Ryan was upstaged dramatically by Limerick’s third pairing! Their combined Scotch Foursomes score was 38 under, six ahead of Kerry who were a further six ahead of Cork. 10 under for Earls in the Singles and nine under for Hanley brought they closer to a winning score of 78 under par alongside an eight under par for Martin Keohane as Patsy Farrell was the other member of the very impressive Limerick side.
Eight under par for both Damien Fleming and Jason O’Regan alongside a six under par total for John McGrath helped Kerry to second on 58 under as Tipperary managed to take advantage of a very disappointing showing for the Rebels in claiming third. 10 under for James Cleary, eight under for Stephen Shoer and a seven under par round from DJ Lynch brought Tipp to two strokes behind Kerry on 56 under par. The Limerick Juniors would make it a double for the county as they had 11 strokes to spare over Cork in claiming the title with 485.
Cork had led by four after the Scotch Foursomes with 11 under par, Dylan Seymour and Mark Roche putting in a round of seven under but despite Seymour shooting five under in the Singles, Limerick managed to turn the event in their favour. Two under from Brendan Moloney along with a one under par round from Brian Dillon had Limerick in contention with their other four players of Brian Mason, PJ Ryan, Michael McGuane and Ger Heelan all crucial managed to keep their scores under 60 in getting the day off to a great start for the host county.
Level Par for both Nicky Barry and David Hobbert was key to Kerry getting the bronze medal as Tim Scannell and John Heffernan also shot below 60 in their Singles rounds in the Kingdom finishing on 516. The U-16 event was a very impressive showing for Kerry however as they not only retained their title but also finished third with their second side in a revamped format that saw a second side from Cork and a team from Tipperary also take part today. Two five under par rounds in their Scotch Foursomes from Eoin O’Riordan Looney & Jack McCarthy along with the combination of Cillian Courtney & Robbie Harnett gave them a 10 stroke advantage over Cork’s first side after the Singles.
Although Cork improved in the Singles with Cian Mulcahy and Liam McGrath shooting under par rounds, Kerry had enough of an advantage to hold on to the title with a combined score of 319, five under par. Their second side had level par singles rounds from Conor Leahy and Fintan Martin in claiming third on 341.
LEVEL pegging between Louth and themselves after the Scotch Foursomes in Lucan, Dublin were five strokes better after the Singles in holding on to the Senior Gents title today. Both counties were 26 under par after the Scotch Foursomes as there were four 10 under par rounds, two for Louth in Owen Smith & Barry Thornton along with George Beardsley & Sean Goggin also shooting double figures as Wexford duo William Hudson and Dayle Donohoe shot 44 for their county.
John Ross Crangle & Junior Smith also had 10 under for Dublin but it was the Singles where their strength started to show with a seven under round from George McGreal and five under from both Crangle and Gary Healy big factors in their win as a seven under from Ian Donnelly was the best Louth could manage in the Singles along with a five under from Goggin as well. Local Lucan players Anthony Malone and Chris Gallagher made up the Dublin side that had an eventual tournament total of 53 under par.
Offaly meanwhile edged out a tight battle with Wexford and Kildare for third thanks in no small part to a 10 under par Singles round from Darren O’Connell with Anthony Galvin four under for the Faithful County in finishing on 456, 30 under par. Offaly would finish outside the medals in the Senior Ladies however as Dublin won on home turf from Kildare by 19 shots. Seven under for Sheelagh Elmes & Glenda Hoey in the Scotch Foursomes along with five under for Ger Ward & Pauline Balfe gave them a two stroke lead over Kildare at the halfway stage despite their three pairings all shooting under par including a score of six under for Tara Dillon & Mary Donnelly.
There were only four scores under par in the Singles two each for Dublin and Kildare with a five under par round for Ward and one under for Hoey crucial in their win despite Dillon (two under) and Chrissie Byrne (one under) breaking 54 for the Lilywhites. Maree O’Toole and Phil Condron were the other members of the winning Dublin side as Kildare’s side featured three of the players who won for their Intermediate side the previous day in Rose Kelly, Mairead O’Toole and Donnelly.
Louth claimed third with a score of 557 meanwhile, a level par Scotch Foursomes score from Concepta Maddick and Ann O’Rourke along with 58 for Mary Agnew and 60 for Marlo Everitt in the Singles helped them to the bronze medals alongside Noeleen Bedford and Carol Martin.
Click on the above scoreboards to see how all the other players in both provinces fared today.
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