With the final word for now on the 2019 National Gents Strokeplay Championships in Ryston, John Manning casts his statistical eye over both days of proceedings.
- John Ross Crangle became the 15th player in history to win both the National Gents Strokeplay and National Gents Matchplay (finally getting his hands on the Donnelly Cup after three second place finishes in the Strokeplay). His 46 at Ryston equals his lowest final round for the 11 National Gents Strokeplay Championships in which he has made the cut. His second round 40 is the lowest single round recorded in the National Gents Strokeplay Championship finals, eclipsing Liam O’Donovan’s 41 at Tullamore three years ago.
- Bryan Delaney becomes the ninth player in history to be runner-up in both the National Matchplay and National Strokeplay. His silver medal at Ryston added to his National Matchplay Final defeat to Damien Fleming at Rocklodge means Bryan is the first player in history to be National Gents Matchplay and National Gents Strokeplay Runner-Up in the same year.
- It was 2013 Matchplay Runner-Up Sean Goggin’s best performance in the National Gents Strokeplay having finished fourth in 2007 and 2010.
- Damien, John Ross and Bryan along with Frank Dineen, Eamon Gibney, Declan Freeman and Shane Murphy are the only players with active cut streaks in the National Gents Strokeplay Championship.
- JR qualified for the final round of the National Gents Strokeplay Championship for the 10th time in-a-row and for the 11th time in all.
- Bryan has made the last four cuts in-a-row and eight in total.
- Damien finished in the Top 6 of the National Gents Strokeplay championship for the eighth time. He has made the last eight cuts in-a-row and qualified for the final round 13 times in all.
- This year saw JR’s sixth podium finish (1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th) in the last nine stagings of the National Gents Strokeplay Championship.
- The Loughlinstown’s player is the first National Gents Senior Strokeplay Champion to represent a Dublin club since Anthony Malone (Lucan) won at I.G.B. 28 years ago.
- Ian Dillon has made the National Strokeplay final round on four occasions. His average 54 hole score for those three championships is 143.75. His average placing is eleventh. He is also the first Kildare player to finish fourth in the National Gents Strokeplay championship since Eddie Carey in 2001.
- Fourth Place in the Championship has now been decided by the countback rule 12 times.
- Three players made the cut for the first time in the National Gents Strokeplay championship – Darren Quirke, Paul McGreal and Peter Reilly.
- Darren Quirke clinched the newly inaugurated Best 36 Nett award sixteen years since he claimed the 2003 National Boys’ Strokeplay championship and a dozen years on from his National Intermediate Strokeplay win.
- It was a 1st 3rd and 4th for Leinster in the National Gent’s Strokeplay championship – for the first time since 2010 - also at Ryston.
- The cut was 97 in the Senior Championship – four strokes higher than at the same venue nine years ago.
- Five players that contested the 2010 final round at Ryston also made the cut on Sunday – John Ross Crangle, Bryan Delaney, Sean Goggin, Ian Dillon and Damien Fleming.
- Brian O'Flynn (Tipperary Hills) is the first player in at least 40 years to win the National Gents Intermediate Strokeplay Championship and the Munster Gents Intermediate Strokeplay Championship in the same year.
- Tipperary supplied the winner of the National Gents Intermediate Strokeplay for the second successive year. Louth was the last county to achieve that – in 2012 and 2013.
- John Farrell is the first player from Bruff to finish Runner-Up in the National Gents Intermediate Strokeplay championship. Liam O’Donovan won the Championship in 1992
- David Poole finished third in the National Gents Intermediate Strokeplay Championship 25 years after he was Runner-Up in the senior equivalent and 34 years since he was crowned National Matchplay Champion.
- Jason Long adds National Intermediate Strokeplay Best 36 Nett to his Runner-Up slot in the Munster Junior Strokeplay Championship.
- Gowran's Derek Delaney is the first winner of the National Junior Gents Strokeplay Championship to represent a Co. Kilkenny club. (Tony Walsh of Ashgrove won in 1990. Ashgrove course was situated in Co. Kilkenny but was affiliated in Waterford for Pitch and Putt purposes). His seven stroke winning margin is the highest in the National Junior Strokeplay Championship since Noel Leahy won by 10 at Lakeside in Millennium year. Derek progressed from fourth place in last year's event at Glenville to victory this year.
- Riverdale’s Sean Crowe finished runner-up in the National Gents Junior Strokeplay championship nine years after his father Tim Crowe finished eighth in the same championship at Ryston in 2010 - on the same 54 hole total, 158.
- Junior 36 Nett winner Kevin Lambe’s opening round of 46 (gross) is the lowest single round in the National Gents Junior Strokeplay championship since Kyle Kennedy carded 46 in the 2017 final round.
- Brian Dillon is the first member of Ardnacrusha to finish third in the National Gents Junior Strokeplay championship.
- The Intermediate cut fell at 107 – against 99 in 2010. In junior, it was 103 in 2010, which rose to 111 in 2019.
- The Intermediate and Junior Championship winning scores were identical – the second time in history that has happened. On the previous occasion (at ESB in 2002), the score was also 151.
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