Gary O’Flaherty’s performances in Castletroy, Cork and Ballybunion this month will have moved him up the Munster Senior Order of Merit. There are four automatic places in the team from the Order of Merit, and three of them look like going to Cathal Butler, Andrew McCormack and Gary O’Flaherty. Mark Shanahan, John Hickey and James Sugrue are all battling for the last automatic place, as are Waterford duo Eanna Griffin and Robin Dawson. There are plenty of points on offer over the coming weeks. The East of Ireland takes place next week and the Tralee Scratch Cup, the Connacht Strokeplay and the British Amateur all take place in June. Captain Phil Cooney will have a tough job selecting his four picks as all of the above along with Pat Murray, Ian O’Rourke, Peter O’Keeffe and Geoff Lenehan will all be looking to impress over the coming weeks. Fota Island will host the senior inter provincials in mid July and having finished runner up last year, hopes will be high that Munster will go one better this year on home soil.
Munster Senior Order of Merit (after 9 Events)*
*Based on results received from host clubs, using the published weightings for each event, this is an unofficial list.