2021 National U16 Strokeplay Facts & Figures
John Manning gives us some facts and figures behind last Saturday’s results in Lakeside
Oldcastle’s Mark Cadden is the fifth Co. Meath winner of the National Boy’s Strokeplay – emulating Junior Smyth, Tony Lacey, Shane Farrelly and Evan Carry. His win makes it four in six years for Meath players after Evan Carry’s record equaling three-in-a-row between 2016 and 2018.
Mark Cadden is the first National Matchplay Runner-Up to also win the National Boys’ Strokeplay Championship. He also makes it four players who have won the Boys’ 10-13 award and the overall National Boys’ Strokeplay championship. Jack Mullins, Evan Carry and Kevin Metcalfe are the others; Kevin Metcalfe achieved the feat in reverse order to the others.
Robbie Harnett is the sixth player from the Deerpark club in Killarney to finish runner-up in the National Boys’ Strokeplay Championship. Robbie is the third player in history (Edward Walsh and Jack Mullins are the others) to win the Best 10-13 category before going on to finish second in the National Boys’ Strokeplay Championship. He is also the first player in history to finish runner-up in the National Boys’ Strokeplay championship and lose a National Boys’ Matchplay semi-final in the same year.
Deerpark supplied the Runner-Up in the National Boys’ Strokeplay championship for the second successive year – that’s the second time Deerpark has achieved that in the last seven years. Kilbeggan, Stackallen, St. Annes and Beamish & Crawford are the other clubs to have this distinction in the entire history of this championship – once each.
Joe Franklin is the first Hillview player to achieve a podium finish in the National Boys’ Strokeplay championship since Evan Hickey was 10-13 age category winner at Lakewood in 2006. Joe is also the first Hillview player to be third in the National Boys’ Strokeplay Championship since Jason McNamara at Waterford Crystal in 2001.
The winning score (102) in the Boys’ championship is the highest winning aggregate since David Kineen won with 102 at Mellows in 1980. It is only the second time in history it has been the winning score.
Brian McCarthy is the second player in history (after Michael Howard) to capture the Boys’ 10-13 title on two occasions. Brian is also the first player in history to be Boys’ 10-13 Strokeplay winner and a defeated National Boys’ Matchplay semi-finalist in the same year. He is the sixth player in history to be Boys’ 10-13 Strokeplay winner and at least reach a National Boys’ Matchplay semi-final.
Ralph Fitzgerald (Fourth) and Conor Mullins (Fifth) are the first players in the competition’s history to win prizes for finishing in those positions. Similarly Adam O’Brien of Lakeside and Jayden Chute of Listowel are the first players to be deemed U13 Boys Runner-Up and Third Place finishers.
Sarah Cooney is the first player representing a Co. Louth club to win the National Girls’ Strokeplay Championship. She is also the first Seapoint player to win the National Girls’ Strokeplay or National Boys’ Strokeplay since Damien Rafferty at Cement in 1995.
Sarah continues the recent Leinster domination of the National Girls’ Strokeplay championship – Sarah’s win is the seventh in the last seven stagings of the championship by a representative of the eastern province. She is also the first player in history to win the National Girls’ Strokeplay championship and be the National Girls’ Matchplay runner-up in the same year.
Ella Moynihan (Tralee) becomes the eighth multiple runner-up in National Girls’ Strokeplay Championship history. She is the first Co. Kerry player and the second from Munster (after Valerie Leahy) to be a multiple runner-up in the National Girls’ Strokeplay championship. Ella is the fourth player in history (after Aideen Rogers, Aoife Carton and Eimear Ahern) to be runner-up in the National Girls’ Strokeplay championship in successive years.
Beth Donoghue (Athgarvan) is the first Co. Kildare player to achieve a podium finishin the Girls’ championship since Chrissie Byrne was runner-up at Bagenalstown in 1998. She is also the first Athgarvan player to achieve a podium finish in the National Girls’ Strokeplay championship since Tracey Noone won at Royal Meath in 1997.
Sophie Moynihan (Fourth) and Megan Ahern (Fifth) are the first players to finish in those positions to be awarded prizes for doing so.