Jack Murphy wins Connacht Boys

Jack Murphy 
Picture: Niall O’Shea

Jack Murphy got his season off to a flying start with another provincial win last week.  The Douglas golfer was in Ballinrobe for the Connacht Boys and he came home with the trophy after two impressive under par rounds.

Fota’s John Doyle led the event after the opening round with Murphy one behind in second place.  Murphy got off to a great start in the second round, he birdied his opening hole and added three more birdies before the turn to put himself into the lead.  He dropped a few shots coming back but crucially he kept the big numbers off the card.  In the end he won by two shots from Ballinasloe’s Charlie Mooney.

Murphy was delighted to pick up the win.  “I was quite happy after round one.  I struck it nicely and stayed in contention which is crucial as no one can win a tournament on day one but certainly can put themselves out of it”.  I definitely felt like I had the chance to go out and win on the second day with how I was striking the ball and how I managed the bad situations on day one, I knew I’d be there or thereabouts coming down the stretch.”

The Rochestown College student liked the course and after a solid first round he went out on Friday to chase down the leader.  “The course was lovely considering the rain that fell the few days prior to the event.  It held up lovely and the greens were rolling extremely well for the time of year.  I played the front nine nicely both days especially the second day. Going into the day two shots back gave me a bit of confidence to be aggressive in places and after two holes I knew I was playing well and chances would arise which I took well on the front nine.”

As it happened Doyle struggled on the second day and signed for a five over par 76.  Although it took him out of contention he still finished in third place.

Monkstown’s Ronan O’Keeffe recorded his best championship finish, rounds of 74 and 76 aw him finish in 7th place and he’ll be looking forward to more good performances in 2023.  Sean Deasy (Douglas) also finished in the top ten thanks to a second round level par round of 73.

Murphy along with many others will be heading to Lee Valley this weekend for the 20th staging of the Lee Valley Scratch Cup