IT turned out to be two great success for Leinster clubs on Munster turf as St Patricks became only the second side to win the Scratch Gents Inter-Club competition (and deny St Annes three-in-a-row along the way) to add to the Inter/Junior title won by the club last year in Tullamore. Coincidentally enough the side that St Pats beat in that Inter/Junior Final went on to claim redemption for that loss as Collinstown added another big title to the recent list claimed by Westmeath Pitch & Putt.
St Pats claimed their first major senior title in the club as opposed to the county colours with a win over Bruff in the decider. After the First 18 of Scotch Foursomes St Pats had led 2-1. The combinations of Paul Tobin & Conor Murphy and William Hudson & Dean Grannell had 2&1 wins for the Enniscorthy club while Bruff's point came courtesy of a marathon 22nd hole victory for Tommy Hanley & Brian Webster over Martin O'Neill & Mervyn Cooney. St Pats still led with the singles halved at three matches apiece with nine holes left but they powered to victory over the closing stages. Dean Grannell, William Hudson, Paul Tobin and Conor Murphy (winning game) got the Singles victories needed by them to secure the title and a 6-3 victory in becoming only the second club ever to win this event.
The earlier semi-finals had seen some dramatic conclusions and both were decided on a scoreline of 5-4. William Hudson defeated Donal Duggan at the second playoff hole for St Patricks to hold off a fightback from St Annes in the Singles after the Enniscorthy club had led by 2-1 after the Scotch Foursomes. In Bruff’s case they had to come from 2-1 down in the Scotch Foursomes as Patsy Farrell’s victory over Daniel Keohane at the first playoff hole completed a 5-4 comeback win for the Limerick side over Fermoy.
In the Inter/Junior Final, Collinstown led Bagenalstown 2-1 after the Scotch Foursomes. Maurice Middleton along with Declan Penrose along with the combination of Gary & Damien Middleton were both 4&3 victors in their matches for the Westmeath side while Patrick Robinson Jnr & Martin Baird won at the last hole 1up for the Carlow side. Collinstown powered on to victory in the Singles however winning four of the six matches through Jamie Loran, Damien and Gary Middleton along with David Penrose for a 6-3 success overall.
In the earlier Semi-Finals in the grade, Bagenalstown came from 2-1 down as well to defeat Parteen with Patrick Robinson Jnr’s win at the first playoff hole over Alan Bennis giving them a 5-4 success. Collinstown were a bit more comfortable winners in their semi-final encounter with Tipperary Hills, winning all three of the Scotch Foursomes ties (two at the last hole) before going on to get another three points in the Singles for a 6-3 win overall.
Click on the above scoreboard for the full list of results from all matches played today in the semi-finals and finals of both grades.
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