John Walsh and Chrissie Byrne Claim World Titles

Irish Perform Well at FIPPA World Strokeplay in Galicia

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John Walsh (Collins) and Chrissie Byrne (St. Bridget’s) made history last weekend, claiming the World Strokeplay Championships at Tambre in Galicia, Spain. The first event of this nature in Galicia was a true test of Pitch and Putt for the best players in the world. Pitching was difficult, with much danger surrounding the greens on a course littered with bunkers, water and treacherous drop offs. These hazards plus the temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius really tested the patience and skills of the field.

 In victory, John fired a final round 48 to finish on a 72 hole total of -18. This was enough to secure a two shot victory over Australia’s James Rogerson with Britain’s John Deeble holding off the field to take third on a 201 total. There was a large Irish contingent in contention for the prizes throughout the final round with Bruff’s Liam O’Donovan (third round leader), John Crangle (Loughlinstown), Frank Dineen (St. Anne’s), Mark Millar (Shandon) and Eamon Gibney (Castletown) all finishing inside the top ten.

Also finishing inside the top ten was Chrissie Byrne. Her performance in shooting a -11 total was enough to edge out Esther de Shiffart from Holland by one shot and take the Ladies prize. This is a great achievement for the Kildare Lady, taking the World Strokeplay title once again having won the inaugural event at La Grande Motte in 2009.

Congratulations to both John and Chrissie from the PPUI.