Communications & Press Officer Jason O’Connor reports on the concluding day in Deerpark and ESB as there was another playoff today down Half Moon Lane and an amazing comeback in one of the National Boys Matchplay Plate Semi-Finals.
National U-16 Matchplay
DESPITE the arrival of rain prior to the second 18 of the Championship Final in Deerpark, St Annes Glenn Towler and Parteen’s Shea Fennell still served up a high quality Championship Final in their renewal of last year’s Munster decider at the same venue which Shea had won in 2018. Glenn had a massive chip-in for birdie on the second hole but only moved into a 3up lead around the turn of the first nine holes as Shea fought back to trail by one before Glenn ensured he would lead by two after the first 18.
Shea would draw level again and Glenn would go three up again as the match appeared to be following a pattern but when Shea levelled the match with three to play it appeared to be all to play for. Crucially for the Parteen player he never went ahead at any stage of proceedings with Glenn sinking an important birdie at the daunting 16th hole at the Killarney venue before getting the halves he needed to secure a second National Matchplay title by 1up having won the inaugural event in Royal Meath in 2016. The win was Glenn’s third major success in the space of four weeks having won the Munster version in St Annes at the start of July, the Munster Boys 14-15 Strokeplay in Hillview last Saturday and today to complete an amazing treble.
Glenn had defeated St Patricks Dylan Hudson in the Semi-Finals earlier in the day 3&1 after the Enniscorthy club representative had battled back late on from a four hole deficit. Shea was spirited throughout the decider having earlier looked strong in defeating last year’s Plate winner Jack Buckley of Collinstown 8&6 in the other Semi-Final. The Plate itself this year would go to Deerpark’s Eoin O’Riordan Looney but his 13&11 win over David Murray of Bishopstown belied a truly incredible Semi-Final with Kilbeggan’s Jack Mullins beforehand. Eoin looked well and truly out of it around his own track, trailing by seven to Jack after the first 18, losing five holes on the Back Nine.
Then Eoin won six out of the next nine to bring it back to one with the game incredibly level with four holes to play. Jack went ahead again before Eoin fought back once more to level and force sudden death with Eoin winning out at the second playoff hole. Eoin carried the momentum from that comeback into the decider with David, 8up after 18, before ending the match at the seventh second time around.
David can still be proud of a good showing in his first year playing the sport however as he overcame a one hole deficit after nine holes to Deerpark’s Joey McCarthy this morning to lead by two at the halfway point before recording a 4&2 win in the other Semi-Final.
PJ & Catherine Bell 0-55’s Strokeplay
A SECOND playoff for the weekend came in the Junior Mens competition after both Ferbane’s Michael Kenny and McDonagh’s Gerry Doyle needed to go for an extra nine holes with both tied on two under par. Michael had two one under par rounds in recording his total as Gerry had a three under par second round to go with an opening one over in joining him on 106. Only one shot would separate them after the extra nine holes as Gerry went round in level par as opposed to one over from Michael with the title staying in Kildare for the second successive year.
Paddy Browne of Collinstown claimed third from Dutch native Ed Janssen by a single stroke after shooting two one over par rounds for a total of 110. Stephen Ashcroft of Raffeen Creek won the Nett prize with 85, a prelude to the Cork club dominating the Intermediate event in the afternoon. John Tett had rounds of four and five under par in winning on nine under as club-mate John O’Grady was second on seven under having had rounds of three and four under. Majestic’s Pat Haugh also rounds of three and four under in finishing on seven under but had to settle for third on back nine.
That was one ahead of St Stephens Eddie Hogan in fourth on six under as the Nett prize went to Raffeen Creek in making it three out of four for them in the grade and four prizes out of eight on the day. Michael Bransfeld won the Nett with 91 completing a successful day for the former Pfizer club.
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