ST FRANCIS College Rochestown were crowned 2018 National Second Schools Champions in Fermoy today as they pretty much led from start to finish in defeating St Brendan College Killarney 1 by 15 strokes. Eight under par from Eoin Keating in his first 18 holes gave them a seven shot lead over the Killarney School after 18 holes with eight under par combined as Keating eventually ended the tournament on 15 under par, team captain Ronan O’Driscoll brought in seven under and Liam McGrath shot two over par for their winning score of 20 under par, 304.
St Brendans did enough to emerge from a tight race for second with the silver medals as three shots separated second to fourth. Four under par from Adam Kelly and three under from Lorcan Martin and a two over par from Cillian Courtney had their tournament total at five under par, 319. Munster winners Colaiste an Chraoibhín Fermoy 1 piped last year’s Munster and National Winners Davis College, Mallow for third with four under par for the tournament. 10 under par from Dylan Seymour, level par from Conor McCarthy and six over from Seamus Óg Shealy brought them to 320, four under par.
Davis College had the best individual score of the day from Ed Walsh with 17 under par as Greg Barrett finished with 12 under but they had to settle for a tournament score of three under par 321 in a side that also included Liam Buckley. Borris Vocational School were the best of the Leinster sides in seventh on 332, eight over par. Niall Canning shooting two under par in a side that included Nicholas Brennan and Conor Cleere.
Interesting the Top Three today were also the top three at the Munster in St Annes two weeks ago with Colaiste and Chraoibhín the winners on that occasion, St Francis College second and St Brendans finishing in third.
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