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P.P.U.I. - 13/08/2016 - A report of proceedings on Day One
We round up the action in both provinces today.
Ballinlough’s Iain Aherne (last year’s 10-13 victor) won the Munster Juvenile Strokeplay (Age 14-15) championship title at Tramore. Iain’s seven under par score of 101 gave him an eight shot victory over Cian Murphy (St. Anne’s). Deerpark’s Cillian Courtney was another two shots back in third. Munster Juvenile Matchplay champion Glenn Towler of St. Anne’s won the Munster Age 10-13 championship on 102. Another St. Anne’s player Conor Bowdren was next best on 104. Third position was filled by Eoin Keating (Douglas) with 106.
Cork just about held off a dogged Tipperary sextet in the Munster Gents Junior Inter-County championship. 13 under par and ahead by just a single shot after the foursomes, Cork’s team of Trevor Carroll, Martin O’Sullivan, Ryan Walsh (son of John), Brian Walsh, Ronan O’Driscoll and Darren Byrne scored 332 in the singles. That left the Leesiders on a cumulative 481 and four ahead of their Tipperary rivals. A 499 return secured third slot for Limerick.
Cork reversed the 2014 result and retained the Munster Gents Intermediate Inter-County championship. Weeshie Murphy, Richard Jordan, Conor Irwin, Cian Morrison, Ryan Towler and Frank O’Brien carded a cumulative 459 to beat Kerry by a dozen strokes. Waterford were next on 475. Cork led Kerry by two after the foursomes, helped by a brilliant eleven under 43 by Irwin and Jordan.
Host county Waterford had a runaway win in the Intermediate Ladies event as Sharon Keoghan, Nellie Sullivan, Mary Carbery and Caroline English combined for a Stableford total of 213 points to defeat Cork by thirteen points. Holders Tipperary were third.
Leinster (St. Bridget’s and McDonagh)
Wexford clinched the Gents Junior championship in a keenly contested ten team event at St. Bridget’s. The Model County men were 14 under par after the foursomes to be three clear of Kildare and Carlow at the halfway stage. The victorious team of Glenn Fortune, John Tyrell, Brian O’Sullivan, Patrick O’Brien, Mark Kirwan Jun. and Michael Molloy fired 16 under par between them in the singles. That left Wexford on 456 and eleven shots clear of Carlow who finished second. Kildare were next best on 485. Holders Dublin were seventh.
Some really experienced players helped deliver a Kildare victory in the Gents Intermediate championship at McDonagh. The Lilywhites team total of 445 saw them finish sixteen shots clear of second placed Wexford. An impressive 22 under par haul in the foursomes gave Kildare an early advantage and Liam Sherry, Christy Hannon, Sean Kearney, John Doran, Paddy Phillips and Anthony Ryan extended their cushion during the singles to clinch Kildare’s maiden win in this championship. 2015 runners-up Meath were third on 468.
There was an enthralling finish to the Leinster Ladies Intermediate Inter-County at McDonagh. Dublin led by two points on 68 after the foursomes. Kildare fought back in the singles and the two teams tied on 178 stableford points. Dublin’s quartet of Christine Mulvey, Mary Fullam, Miriam Salmon and Carol Tracey won a three hole play-off for the title. Kildare improved on last year’s third placing, having won the event in 2014. Dublin's 2016 squad managed a first podium finish in this particular championship. Meath were third on 165 points.
Kildare were celebrating on the double when the Short Grass county team of Theresa O’Keeffe, Dina Dillon, Ann Sweeney and Emma Hanlon scored 160 stableford points to win the Leinster Ladies Junior Inter-County championship at St. Bridget’s. Kildare actually trailed Louth by a single point (63 to 62) after foursomes play. Kildare’s 98 points in the singles left them a cumulative six points clear of the Wee County ladies. Holders Offaly shot 146 points for third spot.
Click on the above scoreboards for details of how everybody else fared on the day.
Provincial Inter-County Championships Results
Intermediate at McDonagh: 1st: Kildare 445, 2nd Wexford 461, 3rd Meath 468
Junior at St. Bridget’s: 1st: Wexford 456, 2nd Carlow 467, 3rd Kildare 485
Intermediate at McDonagh: 1st: Dublin 178 (play-off), 2nd Kildare 178, 3rd Meath 165
Junior at St. Bridget’s: 1st Kildare 160, 2nd Louth 154, 3rd Offaly 146
Munster (Tramore, Co Waterford)
Gents Intermediate: 1st Cork 459, 2nd Kerry 471
Gents Junior: 1st Cork 481, 2nd Tipperary 485
Ladies Intermediate: 1st Waterford 213, 2nd Cork 200
Boys 14-15: 1st I Aherne (Ballinlough) 101, 2nd C Murphy (St Annes) 109, 3rd C Courtney (Deerpark) 111.
Boys 10-13: 1st G Towler (St Anne’s) 102, 2nd C Bowdren (St Anne’s) 104, 3rd E Keating (Douglas) 106.