THERE was a bit of history as well as low scoring in Navan this afternoon as Raffen Creek’s Charlie Morrissey and Tullamore’s Amy Galvin were crowned 2014 National Boys and Girls Strokeplay Championships respectively. Charlie became the first Cork winner of the Eugene McCarthy Cup in five years after he shot a second round of seven under par to go with an opening round of four under. Portmarnock’s Ciaran Gregan had an opening round of seven under par but had to settle for a score of 10 under par in claiming the runners-up spot. Three players finished on nine under par with two of them ending up with prizes in the finish. Conor Doyle from the host club piped Raffen Creek’s David Howard for third with a second round of seven under par as opposed to five under for David. Castletown’s Evan Carry also had nine under (four under for his second round) with his score good enough to claim the 10-13 prize on the day.
In the Girls, Amy Galvin became the 10th multiple winner of the competition with rounds of five and three over par for an eventual total of 116. That was six shots better than Munster Girls Champion Niamh Byrne on 122 with Lucan’s Eimear Keane finishing third with 143. In becoming the 10th multiple winner of this event Amy joins some of the game’s most illustrious names such as Eleanor Walsh, Barbara Farrell, Anita Langstone, Marian Byrne, Bernadette Coffey, Tracey McGrath, Sarah Coffey, Elaine Dee and Claire Keatinge in achieving the honour.
National U-16 Strokeplay Championship Results (Navan, Co Meath)
Boys: 1st C Morrissey (Raffen Creek) 97, 2nd C Gregan (Portmarnock) 98, 3rd C Doyle (Navan) 99 (B18), 10-13 Prize: E Carry (Castletown) 99.
Girls: 1st A Galvin (Tullamore) 116, 2nd N Byrne (Collins) 122, 3rd E Keane (Lucan) 143.