Order of Merit Race Heats Up

Munster Strokeplay Championship 2016

Gary O’Flaherty

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)*

Pos. Name Total
1 Cathal Butler 125
2 Gary O’Flaherty 120
3 Andrew McCormack 100
4 Mark Shanahan 90
5 Robin Dawson 75
6 James Sugrue 70
7 John Hickey 60
8 Eanna Griffin 55
9 Ian O’Rourke 45
10 Mark Ford 40
11 Pat Murray 35
12 Peter O’Keeffe 30
13 Sean Barry 30
14 Gary Ward 30
15 Thomas Neenan 30
16 Ian Spillane 30
17 Declan King 30
18 Daniel Brennan 30
19 Geoff Linehan 25
20 Fergal O’Sullivan 25
21 Dave Redden 25
22 Ian O’Flynn 20
23 Mark Healy 20
24 Gavin Young 20
25 Daniel Hallissy 20
26 Emmet Leahy 20
27 C O’Donnell 20
28 Jack Ryan 15
29 Paul Tobin 15
30 Paul Flynn 10


*Based on results received from host clubs, using the published weightings for each event, this is an unofficial list.