Communications & Press Officer Jason O’Connor rounds-up the opening day in both provinces.
A TREMENDOUS and dominant performance by Inniskeen’s Michael Vaughan to win the Intermediate Gents title in Bagenalstown this afternoon as the former St Patricks clubman found form near his old terrain. Shooting rounds of six and eight under for his opening 36 holes, Michael’s 14 under par score was double that of his nearest challenger Darren McNally from the host club on seven under par.
Michael would add three under to his eventual tournament score to his 54 holes to finish on 17 under par, six clear of McNally in the end who had four under in the playoff to finish on 11 under par. Ryston’s John Kennedy would come through the playoff pack meanwhile to claim third thanks to the best playoff round of six under having just got into 12th spot in the playoff on level par. He finished two clear of Lucan’s Tom McMorrow, who had four under par, in Kennedy claiming the bronze medal.
In the Junior Gents competition meanwhile, Kilbeggan’s Dean Revins overcame a four shot deficit heading out into the playoff to emerge victorious with a score of 165, three over par. Ron Arnicar from the host club had held the lead by one stroke after the first 36 holes on level par from Tullamore’s William Clear but with nine holes to play Clear held a lead of one stroke over Revins. Crucially Revins came in with a better closing total over the closing holes to win out by two shots as Arnicar had to settle for third on 168.
THE Ladies held pride of place in Lakeside this afternoon with all three titles down for decision and two of them going to the hosts. They won prizes in all three though as Eleanor Walsh’s bid for a third consecutive title was denied by a single stroke, with Mary Murray of Rocklodge just getting the better of the Fermoy player. Murray had rounds of three and one over par in posting het tournament total of two under with a closing two under from Walsh only good enough for second spot on one under for the tournament. Martha O’Brien from the hosts claimed third with rounds of two over and level par for an eventual bronze medal.
One stroke was also the difference in the Intermediate competition as Bridget Shelley closed with a great three under par round to finish on level par and defeat club-mate Mary Quinn who despite opening with two under par finished the tournament on one over. Sarah O’Neill from Cork claimed third with 113, five over, two clear of fellow Cork player Mairead Manning of St Stephens who had 115. The Junior grade was won with a score of 112 meanwhile as Sive Shelley had rounds of three and one over par to claim Lakeside’s second title of the day. She finished four clear of club-mate and National Ladies Nett Matchplay winner Elaine Quinn who had two four over par rounds for her total of 116. Semi-Finalist Lisa O’Connor of Tralee claimed third with a score of 124 meanwhile, three clear of playing partner Margaret O’Donovan of Bruff on 127.
Edward Hackett of Collins meanwhile was the winner of a tight Intermediate Gents event earlier in the day as a strong playoff round of six under par would give him the win by a single stroke. Tralee’s Padraig Hobbart had led the field by two strokes after the first 36 holes with five under par but eventually finished the tournament on three under. Hackett was part of a group of four players chasing the lead on three under before the final round but he stole a march by posting nine under as the score that no one could eventually beat.
Five under par playoff rounds for both St Stephens Gerard Hogan and Brian O’Flynn of Tipperary would see them claim second and third respectively, Hogan finishing his 54 holes on eight under par. O’Flynn beat Raffeen Creek’s Weeshie Murphy on countback for the bronze medal as they both had seven under but Murphy’s final round was a four under par score.
Round of the day was by Ardnacrusha’s Emmet Fitzgerald with a second 18 of seven under par but an opening seven over meant that he finished the tournament on level par, one off the playoff qualifying score of one under par.
Click on the above scoreboard links to see how all the other players fared in both provinces today.
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