Everyone long gone home but still the buzz of our three finals today remains!!! Well done to Damien, Mary & Sarah on their wins and Rocklodge on an outstanding presentation of their course. All three are pictured above with our President Mervyn as we say farewell. A short report is posted as well as the blog and links to the live videos if you wish to see them. More will follow in the weeks ahead. Slan go foill!
THERE were two stirring comebacks in the National Pitch & Putt Matchplay Finals on Monday afternoon in Rocklodge, Cork as Deerpark’s Damien Fleming and Rocklodge’s Mary Murray both came back from sizeable margins to win the Mens and Ladies Scratch Finals respectively.
Damien was five down with 13 holes to play against defending champion Bryan Delaney of Bishopstown in the 36 hole decider but managed to turn the games on its head in the closing nine holes by drawing level with four holes to play before taking the lead for the first time at the penultimate 35th hole. Delaney did force a playoff by winning the last regulation hole but a birdie on the first hole third time around was enough for Fleming to win a second title after a 2011 success and also hold a triple crown of National Matchplay, National Strokeplay and Irish Open titles at the one time!
Murray was six down against Kildare’s Chrissie Byrne of Ryston with the former Irish No 1 looking set for another title and a first since 2015. Mary went ahead late on as well and birdied the last to ensure that she became the first Cork winner of the event since Douglas’ Norma O’Brien in the early 1990’s.
In the Ladies Nett event, Sarah O’Neill of the Collins club from Cork city won a derby affair with club-mate Patsy O’Donovan 4&3 despite O’Donovan cutting an early deficit to trail by one midway through the second round.
DAMIEN FLEMING BIRDIES THE FIRST PLAYOFF HOLE TO COMPLETE AN AMAZING COMEBACK AND DEFEAT BRYAN DELANEY AT THE 37TH HOLE. CONGRATS TO HIM ON BECOME THE FIRSTR EVER PLAYER TO HOST THE NATIONAL MATCHPLAY, NATIONAL STROKEPLAY AND IRISH OPEN AT THE ONE TIME!!!!
SUDDEN DEATH AS BRYAN NAILS THE LAST HOLE TO BRING IT LEVEL.
Damien back from 5 down to lead by 1up playing the last!
A/S between Bryan & Damien with 2 to play!
Bryan Delaney 1up on Damien Fleming with 3 to play.
Damien Fleming back to 1 down four holes to play.
SARAH O'NEILL BECOMES OUR 2019 LADIES NETT WINNER AFTER WINNING THE COLLINS DERBY WITH PATSY O'DONOVAN 4&3
Damien Fleming 2 down to Bryan Delaney with 6 to play.
MARY MURRAY COMES FROM SIX DOWN TO DEFEAT CHRISSIE BYRNE ON THE LAST HOLE AND BECOME 2019 NATIONAL LADIES SCRATCH MATCHPLAY WINNER
Sarah O'Neill back 3up on Patsy O'Donovan with 6 to play in Ladies Nett Final
A/S between Chrissie Byrne and Mary Murray with 2 holes to play.
Damien Fleming back to 2down on Bryan Delaney with 10 Holes left in Gents Final.
1up lead for Chrissie Byrne again over Mary Murray with 4 holes left to play.
Damien Fleming cuts Bryan Delaney's lead to 4up with 12 holes left in Gents Final.
Chrissie Byrne 2up on Mary Murray with 6 to play in Scratch Final
Bryan Delaney 5up on Damien Fleming after 23 holes
Patsy O'Donovan back to 1down on Sarah O'Neill in Nett Final. 12 to play.
Chrissie back to 2up in front over Mary after winning the 11th hole.
Chrissie Byrne's lead over Mary Murray down to 1up with eight holes to play.
Damien Fleming birdies the 18th to reduce the deficit to Bryan Delaney to 3up at the halfway stage.
Mary Murray brings Ladies Scratch Final score back to 3yp for Chrissie Byrne with 12 to play.
Sarah O'Neill remains 3up on Patsy O'Donovan with 21 holes played in Nett Final
Bryan Delaney 4up on Damien Fleming after 15 Holes in Gents Final.
18 Holes: Sarah O'Neill turned 3up on Patsy O'Donovan in Nett Final
Chrissie Byrne 4up after 23 holes of Nett Final.
Bryan Delaney 3up on Damien Fleming after 12 holes in our Gents Final
Bryan Delaney 2up on Damien Fleming after 10 Holes in the Gents Final
Sarah O'Neill 1up on Patsy O'Donovan after 15 holes in Ladies Nett Final
18 Holes: Chrissie Byrne 4up on Mary Murray in Ladies Gross Final after Mary cuts defict with win on 18th hole.
Chrissie Byrne 6up after 15 Holes on Mary Murray in Scratch Final
Sarah O'Neill 2up on Patsy O'Donovan after 11 holes in Nett Final.
Chrissie Byrne 5up on Mary Murray after 12 Holes in Ladies Scratch Final
Sarah O'Neill 2up after 6 Holes on Patsy O'Donovan in the Nett Final
Gents Matchplay Final live here:
Sarah O'Neill 1up after 3 on Patsy O'Donovan in Ladies Nett Final.
Chrissie Byrne 3up after 6 Holes against Mary Murray in Ladies Scratch Final.
Ladies Scratch Final underway from link below: Mens Final from 1pm
Shane Murphy justs misses a birdie putt to force a playoff as Damien Fleming will play Bryan Delaney in a Gents Final that sees a battle between our No 1 & No 2 seeds for the tournament!
Damien Fleming 1up on Shane Murphy playing the last.
30 Holes: Damien Fleming 1up on Shane Murphy with 6 to play in a tight affair.
Result: Defending Champion Bryan Delaney back into another Gents decider after an 8&6 win over Paul Nolan in the finish.
Result: Patsy O'Donovan beats Margaret O'Donovan 6&5 in our second Ladies Nett Semi-Final to set up an all Collins Final with Sarah O'Neill.
Result: Sarah O'Neill is our first Ladies Nett Finalist after a 7&6 win over Christine Mulvey in their Semi-Final this morning.
24 Holes: Bryan Delaney now into a 7up lead on Paul Nolan in our first Gents Semi-Final. A/S between Damien Fleming and Shane Murphy meanwhile.
Result: Chrissie Byrne into her third straight Ladies Scratch Final after a 6&5 win over Margaret Hogan. Will play Mary Murray in the Final.
Result: Mary Murray into her first ever Ladies Scratch Final after a 5&4 win over 2014 winner Breda White!
30 Holes: Chriisie Byrne nearing another appearance in the Ladies Scratch Final as she leads Margaret Hogan 5up with 6 to play.
24 Holes: Patsy O'Donovan back 3up on Margaret O'Donovan in the second Ladies Nett Semi-Final
30 Holes: Mary Murray closing in on a place in the Ladies Scratch Final. 5up on Breda White now with 6 to play
24 Holes: Sarah O'Neill now 4up on Christine Mulvey in our first Ladies Nett Semi-Final
18 Holes: 2011 winner Damien Fleming turns 1up on 2016 winner Shane Murphy in our second Gents Semi-Final.
18 Holes: Defending champion Bryan Delaney turns 3up on Paul Nolan in our first Gents Semi-Final.
24 Holes: Chrissie Byrne back into a 2up lead over Breda White on our second Scratch Ladies Semi-Final
24 Holes: Mary Murray 4up on Breda White in our first Scratch Ladies Semi-Final
18 Holes: Patsy O'Donovan's lead over Margaret O'Donovan back to 1up in our second Ladies Nett Semi-Final.
18 Holes: Sarah O'Neill 5up on Christine Mulvey turning in our first Ladies Nett Semi-Final.
12 Holes: A/S now between Damien Fleming and Shane Murphy in our second Gents Semi-Final.
12 Holes: Bryan Delaney gone 2up on Paul Nolan in our first Gents Semi-Final.
18 Holes: Margaret Hogan cuts Chrissie Byrne's lead to 1up with a birdie on the 18th turning in our second Ladies Scratch Semi-Final.
18 Holes: Mary Murray 5up on Breda White at the halfway stage of the first Scratch Ladies Semi-Final
12 Holes: Patsy O'Donovan 3up on Margaret O'Donovan in our second Ladies Nett Semi-Final
6 Holes: Damien Fleming 1up on Shane Murphy after 6 Holes in the second Gents Semi-Final
12 Holes: Sarah O'Neill 4up on Christine Mulvey in first Ladies Nett Semi-Final
6 Holes: A/S between Bryan Delaney & Paul Nolan in our first Gents Semi-Final
12 Holes: Chrissie Byrne 3up on Margaret Hogan in our second Ladies Scratch Semi-Final.
12 Holes: Mary Murray remains 2up on Breda White in our first Ladies Scratch Semi-Final.
6 Holes: Patsy O'Donovan 3up on Margaret O'Donovan in our second Ladies Nett Semi-Final.
6 Holes: Sarah O'Neill 2up on Christine Mulvey in our first Ladies Nett Semi-Final.
6 Holes: Chrissie Byrne 1up on Margaret Hogan in our second Ladies Scratch Semi-Final.
6 Holes: Mary Murray into a 2up lead on Breda White in our first Ladies Scratch Semi-Final
We're underway in the Ladies Scratch Semi-Finals, while your waiting for updates here is our Communications & Press Officer Jason O'Connor speaking to our President Mervyn Cooney and Declan Sheedy prior to play.
Welcome again to Rocklodge where thankfully this sun has come out this morning on this our final day of play. We start with the Ladies Scratch Semi-Finals followed by the Ladies Nett Semi-Finals and then the Gents Semi-Finals at 9.30am. We will have updates here on the blog and don't forget about our streams later of the various Finals.
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