John Manning takes a short look here at the 2008 National U16 weekend, the last one played at this Saturday’s venue.
The National Juvenile Strokeplay Championships were last played at Lakeside 13 years ago. It was one of the last where the Inter-County event was played on the Saturday and the Singles on the Sunday before the order was swapped from 2010 onwards.
On Sunday August 18th 2008, Chris O'Sullivan (Pfizer, now Raffeen Creek) captured the Boys Championship in a play-off with club-mate Frank Bruen (Pfizer). Frank led the way after 18 holes with a brilliant 45. Chris closed with a 47 for 96 to force the extra holes as Frank added a second round 51. Chris O'Sullivan prevailed in the play-off, shooting 22 to Frank’s 24. Other leading scores were:
97 Michael Darcy (Bruff) 50, 47 (third on second 18); Conor Slevin (Kilbeggan) 49, 48.
99 Colin Sheehan (Claycastle) 52, 47
101 Michael Howard (Pfizer) 53, 48; Brian Moloney (Majestic) 51, 50; Conor Murphy (St Patricks) 51, 50; Darren Hopkins (Newtown) 50, 51.
102 Johan Brosnan (Claycastle) 52, 50; Gavin Kenny (St. Patricks) 51, 51; Declan Sheehan (Pfizer) 50 52.
103 Darragh O'Keeffe (Deerpark) 55, 48; Paul Cribben (Castletown) 54, 49; Conor Bracken (RGSC) 52, 51; Ciaran Byrne (Channonrock) 52, 51; Paul Tobin (St. Patrick's) 50 53.
There was further joy for the Pfizer club when Michael Howard’s 101 secured the Best 10-13 award.
112 secured the Girls Championship for Martha O'Brien (Lakeside) as she posted 18’s of 56 and 56 to earn a four stroke winning margin over Aoife Carton (Kilbeggan), who added a 56 to her opening effort of 60. Gemma McCarthy (Hillview) carded 61 + 60 for her 121 aggregate and third place. Other leading scores were:
122 Clare Martyn (Stackallen) 64, 58
130 Sinead Kerwick (Hillview) 64, 66
135 Laura Coffey (Kilbeggan) 71, 65.
There was an extraordinarily tight finish to the National Juvenile Inter-County Championship, held at Lakeside on Saturday August 17th 2008.
Cork (Colin Sheehan 102, Chris O'Sullivan 102, Declan Sheehan 103, Frank Bruen 104, Josh Whelan 106) scored 411 and were declared winners on the 5th card. That was tough luck on Kerry (Danny Roche 99, Craig Hickey 102, Darragh O'Keeffe 103, Kieran O'Keeffe 107, Kieran Looney 111) who also recorded 411 for the best four out of five scores format. Third place was likewise decided via the tiebreaker route. Louth 419 (Robert Brodigan 99, John O'Rourke 105, Glen Martin 107, Ciaran Byrne 108, Keith Boyle 111) to just pip Westmeath for the bronze medals on the 5th card.
Other scores were: 421 -Tipperary, 422 - Dublin, 424 -Wexford, 430 - Meath, 435 - Limerick, 445 - Offaly.
Tomorrow: We do a preview of Saturday’s play.
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