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Martha O’Brien (Lakeside) completed a provincial Matchplay/Strokeplay double when she defeated Breda White (Tipperary Hills) in a nine holes play-off for the Munster Ladies Strokeplay championship at Listowel. Martha scored 51 and 54 to tie Breda (52+53) in regulation play. Martha thus regains the title she previously won at Cill na Móna in 2012 having been second two years ago and third last year. Nett prize went to Vera McCarthy (Collins).
Former National Junior and Intermediate Strokeplay champion Mary Quinn (Lakeside) was finally crowned Munster Intermediate Strokeplay champion at Listowel. Two behind Sarah O’Neill (Collins) after the opening 18 holes, Mary added a 56 to her first round 55 and her three over par 111 aggregate saw the Templemore lady home by two strokes from Sarah, the National Ladies Nett Cup winner a couple of weeks ago. Mary’s clubmate Bridget Shelley (also a former winner of the National Junior and Intermediate Strokeplay championship) took third spot on 114. It was a gratifying win for Mary Quinn, who has been runner-up three times in this Munster Ladies Intermediate Strokeplay championship since 2011, having won the junior equivalent in 2007 and 2008. Fermoy’s Ailish Sexton took the net award.
Margaret O’Donovan (Bruff) fired rounds of 64 and 62 to win the Munster Ladies Junior Strokeplay championship for the second time in three years. Building on her semi-final performance at Rocklodge in the recent All Ireland Ladies Matchplay Nett Cup, Margaret’s 126 total for the 36 holes left the Co. Limerick lady seven strokes clear of runner-up Catherine Dunne (Riverdale), who was second in the intermediate equivalent back in 2001. Collins player Nuala McNamara took the Nett category.
Parteen’s Pat Glynn turned in a remarkable performance to triumph in the Munster Gent’s Junior Strokeplay championship at Listowel. Eleven under par after his opening 36 holes (which included a jaw-dropping second round of 46), Pat added a final round of 49 to post a phenomenal tally of 16 under par 146. That left the Parteen player ten strokes clear of the chasing pack that was headed by Jason Long (Collins). Jason’s final round 50 gave the Corkman second place on the countback from Tipperary Hills’ Daniel Ryan – the reigning Munster Gent’s Junior Matchplay champion. Nett winner was Ben Newman (Newmarket).
Dale Reynolds (Tullamore) is the new Leinster Gent’s Junior Strokeplay champion. Two strokes behind (on 110) of home player Raymond Fay after 36 holes, Dale scored a steady 55 in the final round to hold off the Collinstown player by a single stroke. Raymond Fay closed with a 58 for his 166 aggregate. Lough Owel’s Michael Dinnegan carded a 54, the lowest score of the final round, to jump up into third place on 167, the Co. Westmeath player getting the verdict on the countback from Glenville’s Joe O’Connor – the Dublin Strokeplay champion. Nett winner was Ben Phelan of St. Bridget’s.
Sean Clerkin of the Killineer club in Drogheda posted a closing round of 50 to earn a one stroke victory in the Leinster Intermediate Strokeplay championship in Collinstown. Sean's 54 hole aggregate of 12 under par 150 was but a single stroke better than former National over 55s intermediate grade Strokeplay champion John Carton (Kilbeggan) who led into the final round on 99. Dean Dinnegan (Lough Owel) grabbed third place on 155. Dean's club colleague Garreth Ward shot a superb 47 first eighteen and held on to take nett laurels.
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