The Leinster Schools Competition too place today in glorious sunshine in Erry. Teams from across the province competed to take the Jim Finglas Memorial Cup from the holders, Drimnagh Castle Secondary School. The local school, Ard Scoil Chiaran Naofa (pictured above), adapted to the morning conditions the best. Their number 1 team of Mark Newman, Ciaran Doyle and Josh Fleming combining for a 2 under par total of 322 to lead the morning session. Another local team, Tullamore College, although 19 shots in arrears (341) were in second place after the first session with Mullingar Community College lying in third on 343 thanks in large part to a best score of the morning from Dean Dinnegan (98).
As the ground dried out and the greens sped up, the scores also started to tumble with most of the best scores coming in the second session. However, the earlier score of the Clara team was not breached and they claimed first place. They were chased hard by St. Patrick’s Navan 1 who finished on a level par score of 324 thanks in a large part to an equal best of the day 98 from Liam Carroll. These were definitely the best two teams on the day, with St. Mary’s Drogheda 1, winners of this event two years ago, taking third place with a 338 total.
All the scoring was done in the first session of the Munster Schools Competition with St Colman's College, Fermoy holding on to victory in Cunnigar with a score of 322, the same winning score as in Erry. Well done to the team of Gary Mahon, Ryan Sexton and Sam Tonks winning out by 10 shots from the Carraigline Community School team of Shane Livesey, David Howard and Ian O'Donoghue. Colaiste Chriost Ri completed a Cork 1-2-3 in third a further shot back as there was no change to the medal positions after the first session. Well done to St Colmans on their win.
Erry and Cunnigar had courses in marvellous condition as ever and looked after their visitors extremely well, while the PPUI are grateful of the sponsorship from Nevada Bob’s of this years competition.
The top nine teams from both competitions qualify for the National finals to take place in Ryston in two weeks’ time. The full details of all the winners and qualifiers from today are in the scoreboards above and a timesheet for the event will be released on the PPUI website in the coming week.