Communications and Press Officer Jason O’Connor rounds up the action in both provinces today.
A BUSY day for the U-16’s saw Cork do a clean sweep in the Singles winning all six prizes on offer in the morning Boys Strokeplay across the 10-13 and 14-15 grades. St Annes’ Ryan Towler made up for the disappointment of missing on winning a second Munster Matchplay title in Larkspur Park last month as a 36 hole total of six under par gave him a two shot victory over defending champion Conor Irwin of Douglas and the player who beat him in the Matchplay Final Ed Walsh with a second round of four under for Conor giving him the silver medal on countback. In the Boys 10-13 grade, Ballinlough’s Iain Aherne went one better than his runner-up finish of last year with a one over par score giving him a three shot victory over St Annes’ Cian Murphy who was one shot better than St Stephens’ Glenn Towler in third.
Ryan, Glenn and Conor were subsequently part of the Cork U-16 team that have a comprehensive victory over Kerry and Tipperary in the Inter-County event. The trio alongside Ronan O’Driscoll, David Howard and Eoin Keating combined for a total of 15 under par (469) in retaining their title. Cork also won the Intermediate Gents title coming good in the Singles to win with a total of 470, 24 shots ahead of Limerick in second. The Rebels were represented by Paul Collins, Conor Clancy, Mark Crean, Justin McCarthy, Cian Morrison and Patrick Williams as defending champions Kerry finished third on 500. Cork are now the first county in the province to win all three provincial Gents grades at Inter-County level.
Tipperary prevented a clean sweep of the titles on the day for Cork with victory in the Intermediate Ladies event as Margaret Forde, Mary Quinn, Bridget Shelley and Francis combined for a Stableford total of 211 points to defeat the host county by six points making them the first county to win the Provincial Ladies titles across all grades in Munster.
Leinster (Castletown and Gaeil Colmcille)
WHILE Westmeath had to let go of the Intermediate Gents title they won last year, they gained the Junior title in its place making them the first county in Leinster to win all three Gents Grades at Inter-County level. The Intermediate title went to Dublin on its second running, the capital side having 21 shots to spare over Meath in the finish. All Dublin’s scores were under par on the day as Tom Brady, Eric Byrne, Chris Cawley, Paul Griffin and Gary Ryan and Glenn Woodward combined for a 47 under par total with Meath combining for a total of 26 under. Westmeath finished a further four shots behind the Royals in third on 462.
Meath had to make do with another second place in the Juniors, seven shots in arrears to the victorious Westmeath side of Ray Doyle, Stephen Harte, Mark Kelly, Jamie Loran, Declan Penrose and John Sweeney who finished with 468 (16 under par) as Louth claimed third with a score of 486. At the Ladies events in Gaeil Colmcille it really was Offaly’s day as they won both the Intermediate and Junior titles. Their Intermediate team of Deirdre Byrne, Amy Galvin, Eileen Guerin and Lauren Pyke combined for a Stableford total of 190 points giving them a narrow four points win over Meath (the host county’s third runners-up finish of the day across all competitions) with Kildare beating Dublin on countback for third with 179 points.
The winning Junior Offaly team of Mary McKenna, Ann Minogue, Kathleen O’Lone and Kathleen Sheerin defeated Westmeath by five points with a total of 171 as Kildare finished third on 159 points.
Click on the above scoreboards for details of how every else fared on the day.
Provincial Inter-County Championships Results
Leinster Gents (Castletown, Co Meath)
Intermediate: 1st: Dublin 437, 2nd Meath 458, 3rd Westmeath 462
Junior: 1st Westmeath 468, 2nd Meath 475, 3rd Louth 486
Leinster Ladies (Gaeil Colmcille, Co Meath)
Intermediate: 1st: Offaly 190, 2nd Meath 186, 3rd Kildare 179 (B9)
Junior: 1st Offaly 171, 2nd Westmeath 166, 3rd Kildare 159
Munster (Rocklodge, Co Cork)
Gents Intermediate: 1st Cork 470, 2nd Limerick 494, 3rd Kerry 500
Ladies Intermediate: 1st Tipperary 211, 2nd Cork 205
U-16: 1st Cork 469, 2nd Kerry 565
Boys 14-15: 1st R Towler (St Annes) 102, 2nd C Irwin (Douglas) 104 (B18), 3rd E Walsh (Majestic) 104.
Boys 10-13: 1st I Aherne (Ballinlough) 109, 2nd C Murphy (St Annes) 112, 3rd G Towler (St Stephens) 113.
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