ALTHOUGH it was only the second staging of the event, Bruff’s Liam O’Donovan ensured that the European Strokeplay Championship stayed in Irish hands in Orvelte, Holland at the weekend as a 54 hole total of 19 under par was good enough to give him a one stroke victory from Fermoy’s John Cahill. Liam succeeds Bellewstown’s Ian Farrelly as the winner of this event as a final round of four under par was good enough to give him the title having shared the overnight lead on Saturday of 15 under par with Dutch player Rolf Kwant.
He still needed to birdie the last five holes to make sure of his success as Cahill pushed him all the way, also shooting four under par for his final round. Four under was also the final round score for Loughlinstown’s John Ross Crangle in finished third overall with 17 under par as St Annes’ Frank Dineen claimed fourth overall with a finishing round of seven under par that saw him finish ahead a number of other players on 16 under par namely his club-mate Ray Murphy, Parteen’s Kieran Earls and the aforementioned Kwant.
In total eight of the Top 10 finishers were Irish as the best round on Sunday of eight under par gave Deerpark’s Damien Fleming eighth overall on 15 under with Irish No 1 John Walsh on Collins never quite building on the brilliant 11 under par round (best single round score) of 43 he had to begin the tournament finishing ninth overall on 13 under par. There was double delight for Bruff in the Seniors competition as Pacelli Darcy won this grade with a score of 165, three ahead of Norway’s Frank Kristiansen in second.
Raffeen Creek’s Weeshie Murphy finished fourth overall in this section with a score of 172.
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