Shaun Carter from The Royal Dublin won the Munster Strokeplay with a four under par total 140 for the weather affected 36 hole Championship. Rosslare’s Paul Murphy and Castlemartyr’s Mark Shanahan both recorded second round 68’s to take second and third place respectively on two under par 142. Evan Farrell who shot a 70 in the opening round returned with a one over par 73, giving him a total of 143 for fourth place. Morning leader Eanna Griffin could only manage a 75 in the afternoon to take himself out of contention for the top spot. His 143 saw him take fifth place.
With no play on Saturday, the tournament was decided over two rounds on Sunday. The Championship Committee made the tough decision on Saturday morning to suspend the first round, opting to hold one round on Saturday. Golfers supported the decision to go for a shotgun start at 1pm, however the rain continued and the event was reduced to 36 holes on Sunday. Play on Sunday got underway at 8.30am, the rain had cleared but it did return for the last 30 minutes of play. Eanna Griffin topped the leaderboard with a four under par 68. Evan Farrell and Shaun Carter were next on 70, ahead of five more players on 72.
Carter ensured the famous Cork Scratch Trophy went back to Dublin, following in the footsteps of his friend and clubmate Barry Anderson who won last year. He also won the Bruen Carr Trophy as the leading player under 25.
Huge credit must go to the staff and Committee in Cork Golf Club for ensuring that the event took place. It took an army of volunteers to roll the greens to allow the second round to take place, and once a starting time was confirmed, a fleet of buggies sprung into action to ferry the golfers to their starting holes.