It’s been 30 years since anyone has managed to win back to back titles, and today John Murphy waited until the 19th hole to grasp back the trophy that he proudly won last year.
The Munster Boys Champion beat Monkstown’s Sean Desmond 4&3 in the morning semi-final. The Monkstown man reached the same stage last year – and just like last year he will have to re-focus for tomorrow’s AIG Senior Cup when Monktown face Ballybunion.
In the final he faced Ballybunion’s Ronan Cross and a close match followed. The pair were all-square through six holes but by the turn Murphy had a one hole advantage. By the 12th Cross had turned the match and went one up, and he went two up on the 13th hole. Murphy pulled one back on th 14th and he levelled the match on the 16th, setting it up for a thrilling finish. Cross and Murphy halved the 17th and 18th, with some very impressive golf being played in tough conditions. The match headed for the 19th and it was Murphy who won, sealing his name in Ballybunion history as one of a very select few who have two titles to their name.
The win also means it’s three in a row for Kinsale. Cathal Butler won in 2014 to add to Murphy double. All eyes will turn to Cork Golf Club tomorrow for the Munster finals of the AIG Barton Shield and AIG Senior Cup. Cork will be hoping that home advantage and home support will see them overcome Limerick in the semi-final, while Monkstown face West Munster winners Ballybunion in the Senior Cup semi-final. There’s more action on Sunday as Fermoy carry local hopes in the AIG Junior Cup. All are welcome in Cork Golf Club for what should be a very exciting weekend.