National 0-55's & National U-16 Matchplay Day One Round-Up

Report on Opening Day in ESB & Deerpark

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Communications & Press Officer Jason O’Connor reports on the first day of our double national weekend where there was plenty of interesting action in both ESB and Deerpark where playoffs of the Strokeplay and Matchplay variety played a big part in proceedings.


PJ & Catherine Bell 0-55’s Strokeplay

DOUBLE delight for Bruff as Lakeside’s run of Ladies success also continued but it was maybe an extra 11 holes needed for the Senior Ladies title that caught the eye in the main. After both multiple national winner Margaret Hogan of Tullamore and reigning National Ladies Matchplay Champion Mary Murray of Rocklodge both shot two rounds of three under to finish on six under, a nine hole playoff would ensure. Here, there was still no separating the two Ladies at it became sudden death thereafter, both halved the first fourth time around but a birdie for Margaret on the second saw her eventually emerged victorious after 47 holes, denying Mary the chance to add another 0-55’s title, adding to Margaret’s own illustrious hall of honours.


            2016 winner Breda White of Tipperary Hills came third on two under par, the only other lady to shoot under par on the day as Maree O’Toole of Shandon ended the month as she ended June in winning a Nett prize with 96, replicating winning the same honour at the main Ladies Strokeplay in St Bridgets last month. We very nearly had a playoff in the Senior Mens event as well, as it wasn’t until the final group handed in that Patsy Farrell of Bruff piped a trio of club-mate Pacelli Darcy, defending champion Frank Ryan of Athgarvan and Anthony Carroll of Royal Meath who were all wondering if an extra nine holes would be needed waiting on nine under par. Farrell put together the best 18 hole round of the day with nine under itself to go with his opening one under to get to 10 under ahead of the waiting trio.


            Anthony had opened with seven under and Pacelli closed with the same score to put themselves in contention for the title but it was Pacelli who claimed the runners-up prize on countback from Frank in third who had rounds of four and five under with Anthony eventually having to settle for the Nett prize in the finish on 93. Patsy win came after Margaret O’Donovan’s triumph in the Junior Ladies that morning, her two over par opening round a massive factor in her win as despite a second round 65, Margaret still had two shots to spare in the end from defending champion Ann Sweeney of St Bridgets on 121. Ann had rounds of 61 and 62 for her score of 123 with Nuala McNamara shooting 63 and 62 on 125 in third. Marie Brennan of Bellewstown was the only other player to shoot a sub 60 round in the grade but it was Gabrielle Sweeney of St Bridgets who claimed the Nett prize with 93.


            The Intermediate grade saw Lakeside’s Frances Ryan add to the Templemore club’s Munster and National successes over the previous month as claimed a four stroke victory over National Ladies Nett Matchplay Runner-Up Patsy O’Donovan of Collins. Frances made amends for a playoff loss in the Munster Intermediate Ladies two years ago at the same venue as she had a second round of two under par to go with an opening three over in finishing on one over par. Patsy had rounds of two and three over in finishing on five over par.


            That was one better than Riverdale’s Margaret Forde who had two and four over par rounds as Shandon’s Mary Fullam won the Nett prize on 91.


National U-16 Matchplay

DESPITE two heavy rainfall showers during play, after starting out with 41 players in Deerpark this morning we are down to the final four in both the Plate and Championship events for tomorrow morning. Play started out with 13 Round Robin groups where all players got at least two 18 hole matches as one group required a three-hole playoff to decide who would enter the Championship and Plate events after both Collins’ Cian Mulcahy and Listowel’s Jayden Chute drew their opening match with each other and then beat Deerpark’s Ryan Moloney by the exact score in their other matches!


            Jayden won the playoff 1up although it would be Cian who would last further in the day going to Plate Quarter-Finals where he lost on the last hole to Kilbeggan’s Jack Mullins. 2016 Championship winner Glenn Towler kept his bid for a second title on course but only after receiving a serious examination from Deerpark’s Noah Sexton in the Quarter-Finals. Glenn defeated three Deerpark players in the Group Stages, Dara Moynihan (4&3), Ryan McCarthy (4&2) and Fintan Martin (4&3) before receiving a Bye into the Quarter-Finals as the Last 16 stage. Noah had recovered from his defeat to Listowel’s Jake Shine in his opening group match to defeat club-mate Jack O’Sullivan in his second match to top the group on points difference. He beat club-mate Ryan Neeson 3&2 in the Last 16 to set up a meeting with Glenn where he won the first three holes and it was only in the latter stages of the contest that the Munster Matchplay and Strokeplay holder managed to go ahead. Indeed, Glenn needed a birdie at the last to stop the match going to a playoff after Noah made him earn his 1up win.


            Glenn will play Dylan Hudson who had some strong performances on Saturday defeating David O’Sullivan (6&5) and Jack O’Neill (8&6) before getting a closer examination off Liam McGrath of Douglas in the Quarter-Finals in winning by 3&2. Dylan really turned on the style in beating Munster Matchplay Runner-Up Patrick Mitchell 7&5 as he will face Glenn in tomorrow’s Semi-Final a week after both won the 14-15 grades in the Provincial Boys Strokeplay. Last year’s Runner-Up in Kilbeggan Shea Fennell of Parteen will play last year’s Plate winner Jack Buckley of Collinstown in the other Championship Semi-Final meanwhile.


            Shea started off his day with a 2up win over former Munster Matchplay winner Cian Murphy of St Annes in his first Round Robin match before topping the Group with a 6&5 win over Trevin Chute of Listowel. He beat Deerpark’s Brian McCarthy 6&4 in the Last 16 before making a strong start to his Quarter-Final with Cillian Courtney where took a 5up lead he rarely relinquished in winning by 5&4 itself. Jack Buckley meanwhile had to survive extra holes with Robbie Harnett from the host club in making the Semi-Finals himself after making a good start in the Round Robin beating both Douglas’ Sean O’Sullivan 4&2 and Deerpark’s TJ O’Sullivan 4&3.


Buckley went straight in the Quarter-Finals with a Last 16 Bye as he awaited Robbie who defeated Jayden Chute 3&2. Jack too a early 2up lead over Robbie something he held until the 16th hole of proceedings when Robbie drew level but it was Deerpark’s famed 16th hole itself where both showed a bit of class in halving it in a birdie and sudden death would be required. After Jack missed a chip-in to win it at the first extra-hole he nailed the elevated 18th green to win with a birdie and go through tomorrow’s Semi-Final with Shea.


The Plate competition saw another ding-dong Quarter-Final decided at the second playoff hole as Deerpark’s Joey McCarthy won a great tussle with Listowel’s Jake Shine to go through to tomorrow after beating Cian Murphy in the Last 16 by 3&1. Joey will play Bishopstown’s David Murray who himself had an extra four holes with Listowel’s Conor Sweeney before eventually winning his Last 16 match. David had a shorter affair with Glenville’s Darragh McGibney in the Quarter-Finals winning by 7&6. The second Semi-Final will see Eoin O’Riordan Looney of Deerpark take on Kilbeggan’s Jack Mullins.


Both players benefited from Byes in the Quarter-Finals of the Plate having somewhat surprisingly missed out on making the Championship in the Round Robin. Eoin overcame a brave effort from Douglas’ Sean O’Sullivan 3&2 in the Quarter-Finals as Jack won a high quality Quarter-Final with Cian Mulcahy at the last 1up with birdies aplenty in the game.


            The Semi-Finals of the Plate will begin @ 9.15am on Sunday morning followed by the Championship Semi-Finals from 9.30am.


Click on the scoreboards above for further information from both venues today.

Group One

Glenn Towler (St Annes)

Dara Moynihan (Deerpark)

Ryan McCarthy (Deerpark)

Fintan Martin (Deerpark)


Group Two

Cillian Courtney (Deerpark)

Joey McCarthy (Deerpark)

Dara O’Shea (Deerpark)

Roiri O’Connor (Deerpark)


Group Three

Jack Buckley (Collinstown)

Sean O’Sullivan (Douglas)

TJ O’Sullivan (Deerpark)


Group Four

Dylan Hudson (St Patricks)

David O’Sullivan (Deerpark)

Jack O’Neill (Deerpark)


Group Five

Patrick Mitchell (St Annes)

Darragh McGibney (Glenville)

Luke Devlin (Glenville)


Group Six

Robbie Harnett (Deerpark)

Oisín Mulryne (Seapoint)

Cathal Kelly (Deerpark)


Group Seven

Shea Fennell (Parteen)

Cian Murphy (St Annes)

Trevin Chute (Listowel)


Group Eight

Jake Shine (Listowel)

Noah Sexton (Deerpark)

Jack O’Sullivan (Deerpark)


Group Nine

Eoin O’Riordan Looney (Deerpark)

Bobby McCarron (Listowel)

Ryan Neeson (Deerpark)


Group Ten

Jack Mullins (Kilbeggan)

Tom Cronin (Deerpark)

Brian McCarthy (Deerpark)


Group Eleven

Cian Mulcahy (Collins)

Jayden Chute (Listowel)

Ryan Moloney (Deerpark)


Group Twelve

Conor Mullins (Kilbeggan)

Conor Sweeney (Listowel)

Jake Downing (Deerpark)


Group Thirteen

Liam McGrath (Douglas)

William Buckley (Collinstown)

David Murray (Bishopstown)