Cain Claims Munster Boys Title

Morgan Cain (Cork Golf Club), Winner of the Munster Boys U18 Amateur Open Championship 2021 at Nenagh Golf Club
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Morgan Cain is the 2021 Munster Boys champion after a super display of golf in Nenagh.  The Cork golfer finished on -7, three shots clear of Douglas’ Mel Deasy to claim his first major title.

Three under par rounds of 71, 68, 70 saw him come home with plenty to spare.  Cain was tied for the lead with Deasy starting today’s final round, and started in the worst possible fashion with a double bogey on the opening hole.  But he battled back brilliantly with birdies in three of his next four holes to retake the lead from Deasy on the fifth.  It was a lead he wouldn’t surrender, with another two birdies on the back nine. The only other blemish on his card was a bogey on 17, when his lead was five shots on the penultimate tee.  Cain is the first winner from Cork Golf Club since Gary O’Flaherty who won in 1991.

Jim Long presenting the Munster Boys Cup to Morgan Cain at Nenagh Golf Club
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The duo started the day on -5, five shots clear of the field in what was a two-horse race for the final round.  Deasy was just one off the lead at the turn but three bogies on the back nine cost the teenager.  He finished in second place five shots clear of third place.  Fota Island’s Sam Hogan finished in 5th place, rounding off a great season and Cork’s Charlie Flavin secured a top 20 finish.  Edward Farr (Monkstown) and Ciaran Rice (Doneraile) made the cut for the third round but finished down the field.

Cain, who is in Leaving Cert has had a busy summer of golf, and he waited to the final event of the season to make his mark.  He was the only golfer to break par in all three rounds and also posted the low round of the tournament, a 68 in round two.