Provincial Pitch & Putt returned today for the first time since 2019 as the weather played its part in affecting the Leinster event at Ryston while in Munster only four shots separated the Top 3 in Majestic. Communications & Press Officer Jason O’Connor reports on both events today.
Due to the inclement conditions in Newbridge, a decision was made mid-morning to reduce the event to 18 holes. Mercy Secondary School of Westmeath had set the early pace with a combined 173 as former National Boys Strokeplay Champion Jack Mullins had shot one under par while his National U16 Matchplay winning brother Conor came in with 61 while Sean Jackson shot 59 in giving them their early total.
The afternoon saw Ard Scoil Chiaran Naofa Clara 1 ascend to the top of the leaderboard though as Conor Doyle matched Jack Mullins’ one under with Neil Robbins (55) and James Dunne (56) coming in with the Offaly school’s other scores in their winning 164 total. It was nine strokes better than their Westmeath counterparts as Mercy just held off Patrician Secondary School A for third with Jack Hogan (56), Daniel Campbell (58) and Conor Crudden (60) making up their third place 174 total.
Ardscoil Chiaran Naofa’s second team of Scott Griffith, Jack Devine and Barry Egan just missed out on the medals with 175 in fourth but they will be going to the National finals in Hillview on May 20th with their fellow pupils. Castlepollard Community College also had 175 just missing out on countback for a place higher in fifth as second to eighth in the competition was only separated by six strokes. Clonkeen Community College D (177) and the 179’s of Mercy Secondary School C and St Marys Diocesean School A claimed seventh and eighth places.
Final spot meanwhile claimed by Ballymakenny College A with 190 meanwhile.
The Cork schools began the day in Mallow as the rain stayed away until the afternoon session before there was a strange visit by the sun for the last quarter of proceedings! St Francis College Rochestown A (who were the last school to win in Munster) set the early pace with a combined score of 344 as Sean O’Sullivan shot two under par and Liam McGrath came in with 116 and Colm O’Sullivan 122 in giving them a lead score of 344.
Cian Murphy of Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig had shot the best score of the day in the country with six under par as Zack Collins (116) and Jack O’Keeffe (130) came them second outright after the morning play with 346. The second session was predominantly made up of Kerry teams and St Brendans College Killarney’s A team would be the ones to come out on top at the finish.
One over par from Robbie Harnett along with five over from Cillian Courtney gave them the bulk of their scoring as Fintan Martin shot 120 in giving them their winning total of 342. The top three schools in the southern province were well ahead of their nearest challengers when it came to the medals as St Francis’ B team were fourth with 356 just ahead of Colaiste an Chroabhin Fermoy A on 357.
St Colmans Fermoy A ensured the town would have double representation in the final in sixth on 365 as St Brendans B became the second Killarney school to make it through on 366. St Michaels Listowel A made it three Kerry schools for the national final with a 369 total as Ard Scoil Ris piped St Francis Rochestown C for the final spot by three strokes with a score of 371.
Click on the links above to see how all the other schools fared today.
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