A UNIQUE day for the PPUI saw seven inaugural graded Inter-County Champion crowned today across both Munster and Leinster. St Stephens in Cork was the venue for the Munster Junior and Intermediate Championships with Tipperary just missing out on winning a treble of Ladies titles across all three grades at the first time of asking. Their Junior team (consisting of Lily O’Brien, Helen McMorrow, Josie McCormack, Elaine Quinn and the two Margaret’s Courtney and Clear) were 20 shot winners over Cork in the Junior Championships with a score of 609. Waterford were third on 671. Cork would deny them the treble in the Intermediate with victory by seven shots as Linda O’Donovan, Una Brosnan, Sarah O’Neill, Ailish Sexton and the two Catherine’s, Waters and McCarthy were the heroes for the hosts with a score of 555.
The Gents grades were won by Cork (Junior) and Kerry (Intermediate) with Tipperary making up the top three in both grades as well albeit in different orders. The Cork Junior team of Chris O’Donovan, Nicky Byrne, Martin O’Sullivan, William O’Callaghan, Colin Sheehan and Sean Miller were six shot winners over Tipperary with a score of 495 with Kerry third on 513. The Kingdom would triumph in the Intermediate however. The team of Creagh Courtney, St John Kelliher, Jason O’Brien, Aidan O’Connor, Gavin Carroll and James Dignam were the victors with a score of 473, 11 shots ahead of Cork in second with Tipperary the only other county to break 500 with a score of 497 in third.
Leinster saw one Ladies competition (Intermediate) take place in McDonagh Co Kildare with the host team of Bernie Dunne, Mary Sherry, Antoinette Doyle, Mary Donnelly, Martina Loakman and Catherine Smith the winners of score of 530, well ahead of Offaly in second on 570 with Offaly third on 582. The Gents grades were contested in Athgarvan with the Westmeath Intermediate team continuing the feel good factor around the sport in the county by adding to their senior success of last week with an eight shot win over both Meath and Wexford. The team of Martin Carter, Gary Middleton, Darren Reilly, Sean Langdon, Stephen Ruane and Jonathon Daly shot 472 with Meath beating Wexford on Countback for second after both finished on 480.
The Junior Gents was won by Wexford with a score of 477. Their winning team consisted of Glenn and Ruairi Fortune, Richard Grannell, Aidan O'Brien, Mark Kirwan and Aidan Whelan and they were 13 clear of Westmeath in second on 490 with Kildare a further shot behind in third.
2014 Ladies & Gents Provincial Graded Inter-County Championships
Leinster- Gents (Athgarvan, Co Kildare): Intermediate: 1st Westmeath 462, 2nd Meath 470 (B9), 3rd Wexford 470. Junior: 1st Wexford 477, 2nd Westmeath 490, Kildare 491. Ladies (McDonagh, Co Kildare): 1st Kildare 530, 2nd Offaly 570, 3rd Louth 582.
Munster (St Stephens, Co Cork): Intermediate Gents: 1st Kerry 473, 2nd Cork 484, 3rd Tipperary 497. Junior Gents: 1st Cork 495, 2nd Tipperary 501, 3rd Kerry 513. Intermediate Ladies: 1st Cork 555, 2nd Tipperary 562. Junior Ladies: 1st Tipperary 609, 2nd Cork 629, 3rd Waterford 671.
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