Scoresheets from both provinces above.
Two time Leinster Matchplay semi-finalist Peter Reilly (Killineer) was in unstoppable form in today’s Leinster Gent’s Strokeplay championship at Collinstown. Two strokes clear on 93 (46+47) heading into the final round, the man who helped St. Mary’s Drogheda to the 2012 All Ireland Inter-Schools title produced a composed 50 for his overall total of 143 and a two shot win, to ensure a double for the Drogheda club after Sean Clerkin’s intermediate success yesterday. 2014 Irish Open victor Eamon Gibney (Castletown) made up considerable ground over the final eighteen to take runners-up slot on the countback after a tie on 145. 2017 National Matchplay champion John Ross Crangle (Loughlinstown) – the holder of the Leinster Strokeplay crown - matched Gibney’s closing 47 but lost out on the front six. Former Leinster Matchplay semi-finalist Ian Dillon (St. Bridget’s) also scored 145 but was denied on the tiebreaker. Eamon Gibney’s clubmate Evan Carry claimed the net on 92.
A week after her win in the Dublin Strokeplay championship at R.G.S.C., Glenda Hoey (R.G.S.C.) clinched the Leinster Ladies Strokeplay championship in fine style at Kilbeggan. Two strokes clear after her terrific opening round of 47, Glenda posted a second eighteen of 53 which gave the Kingswood lady, a third-place finisher in the 2014 National Intermediate Strokeplay, a two shot margin over Dublin Inter-County colleague Maree O’Toole (Shandon). Maree, an All Ireland Strokeplay runner-up as far back as 1983, posted eighteens of 49 and 53. A superb four under par second round of 50 clinched third spot for Poulaphouca’s Mairead O’Toole. The reigning National Ladies Over 55 intermediate grade Strokeplay champion finished on four under par for her 36 holes. 2014 National Intermediate Strokeplay champion Mary Donnelly of Ryston took the nett award.
The extraordinary run of success for Deerpark’s Damien Fleming (Deerpark) shows no sign of abating. Crowned National Matchplay champion two weeks ago at Rocklodge and Kerry Strokeplay kingpin at Castleisland last Sunday, Damien has now annexed the Munster Strokeplay title for the first time. Starting today’s final round at Listowel from 15 under par and two strokes behind Collins clubmates Denis O’Sullivan and John Walsh, Fleming fizzed around the north Kerry track in 42 (having fired 43 in round two), holing his teeshot at the last for a 27 under par aggregate of 135 and a two stroke win over seven-time Munster Strokeplay champion John Walsh who picked-up his third silver medal in the tournament. Walsh shot 46 in the final round to finish two strokes clear of holder Kieran Earls (Parteen) who recorded 139 in third position. Denis O'Sullivan's consolation was nett honours.
Lucan’s Kathleen Croke contested a nine hole play-off for the Leinster Ladies Intermediate Strokeplay championship with Meath Strokeplay champion Annette Dooner (Oldcastle). Annette fired a 52 second round to force that showdown on 109 for the regulation two rounds. Kathleen played steadily in the extra holes to regain the Leinster Intermediate Strokeplay crown she previously won at Ring Commons ten years ago. Kathleen, who was also runner-up in this event in 2002, posted 54 and 55 for her 109 total. 1999 National Strokeplay runner-up Kathleen Carton (Kilbeggan),who was runner-up in this championship at Kilbeggan twenty years ago, took third, three strokes back, on 112. Christine Morgan (Dunshaughlin) was the nett winner.
2018 Westmeath Strokeplay champion Adeline Revins of Kilbeggan fired a fabulous second round 54 to lift the Leinster Ladies Junior Strokeplay championship crown over her home course today. Adeline’s two round tally of 116 gave her three strokes to spare over 2017 champion Patricia Anderson (Lucan) who led on 58 after the opening round. Third place went to another Kilbeggan player Anne Clarke on 120 while Glenville’s Dolores Mullen scored 88 to clinch the Nett.
A superb final round of 45 secured a memorable win in the Munster Intermediate Gent’s Strokeplay championship at Listowel for Brian O’Flynn (Tipperary Hills). In sixth place after 36 holes with scores of 48 and 52, the Tipperary man’s last eighteen tour de force saw him card 145 to outscore final round playing partners 2012 National Gent’s Over 55 intermediate grade Strokeplay champion Weeshie Murphy (Raffeen Creek) and Cork Strokeplay kingpin Dylan Seymour (Fermoy). Weeshie added a 50 to his earlier returns of 49 and 51 for a twelve under par total while Dylan finished on 151 just ahead of Fermoy colleague Keith Flynn. Nett winner was Collins' Keith Power.
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