A REPORT on the weekend’s activites in the Leinster U-16 Championships where the order was shaken up a bit by some of the winners over the course of both days.
FOR the first time since 2012 we have a different winner of the Leinster U-16 Inter-County as Offaly denied Dublin a fourth consecutive victory in the event with a tournament total of 505, 10 shots ahead of host county Longford. Both counties were ties after the opening Scotch Foursomes on nine over par but a two under par round from Michael Fox alongside two over from both Coleby Clear and Alex Egan and three over for Daniel Fox were key to their win as Dominic Scully and Christopher Woods made up the Faithful County winning side. The winning side also had the distinction of became the first team from the county to win this event since 2009 when it was held in Kilbeggan.
Despite Daniel Reynolds shooting the best individual round of the singles with three under par, Longford had to make do with the runners-up spot as Aaron Brady, Sean Farrell, Ben and Jordan Martin along with Evan Tully made up the team for the hosts. The defending champions missed on the medals after Westmeath beat them on countback for third after both counties finished on 543. Jack Buckley, Dylan and Padraig Carton, Aaron Kennedy, Nathan Malone and Conor Mullins made up the team from the Lake County.
Meath finished fifth overall on 578 meanwhile.
THERE was success for the host club in the Boys 14-15 grade as Daniel Reynolds from The Acres held off the challenge of former Leinster Matchplay Finalists Evan Carry and Seanie Bellew to claim victory by a single stroke. Daniel and Evan shared the lead after the first 18 holes on two under par but Daniel managed to power ahead for his win in the second 18 with a round of three under par as he finished the event on five under par.
That was good enough to give him a one shot victory over Seanie in second who had the best 18 hole round of four under par in his second 18 to finish three ahead of Evan who closed with a one over par round to finish the event on one under par in third. The real drama was in the Boys 10-13 grade however as Tullamore brothers Daniel and Michael Fox needed a six hole playoff to decide the winner. Both had finished on two over par after the regulation 36 holes before a six hole playoff ensued.
On the final hole came the clinching moment as Daniel got a hole-in-one to claim the title from his brother. Padraig Carton from Kilbeggan would claim third in this section with a score of four over par for his 36 holes. In the Girls event, National Girls Strokeplay Champion Aoife Mahon of Lucan claimed the overall title with round of 74 and 68 for a convincing victory with a score of 142.
The Girls 10-13 grade was far more competitive as rounds of 86 and 87 gave The Acres’ Katelyn Farrell a three stroke victory over her club-mate Tara Spollen with a total of 173. Tara had closed with a round of 80 to finish on 176 but it was not enough to prevent Katelyn winning out. Lucan’s Sarah Mahon finished in third on 195.