Mel Deasy (Bantry Bay) bagged his second Munster title when he won the Munster Boys Under 16 Open at Newcastlewest today. The Munster Under 15 champion from two weeks ago, Mel was up against a tough field for the Under 16 Open. Deasy started the second round in a four-way tie for the lead, and a rain delay meant he started his final round an hour later than scheduled. A hard south westerly wind tested everyone and Deasy parred the opening hole which proved problematic for many golfers. A solid front nine followed with birdies on the 4th and 8th holes. That gave the Ballincollig man a two shot lead over the field as he faced into the final nine holes. The back nine proved testing, with Deasy dropping shots on the 12th and 15th. After his playing partner Joshua McCabe fired in two birdies leaving the Bantry golfer two behind. McCabe found trouble coming home however dropping four shots over the 16th and 17th. That gave Deasy back his two shot lead, and he played the 18th like a pro. He found the fairway off the tee and played a steady approach that finished just short of the green on the long par four. A chip and two putts later he was the Munster Boys Under 16 Champion. His one over par second round meant that he finished on a level par total of 140 for this two rounds.
Gallery: Munster Boys U16 Open 2018, Newcastlewest GC
Joshua McCabe (Roganstown) was second, one shot behind Deasy, and third place went to Robert Galligan (Elm Park). Kinsale’s Robbie Walsh had a disappointing second round of 81, dropping outside the top ten. Muskerry’s Stephen Riordan jumped ten places following his second round but Jack Murphy and Brian McCarthy both dropped places in the testing conditions. They were the only Cork golfers to make the cut for the second day.
For Deasy it was a great finish to the week. On Tuesday he was on the Bantry Bay Junior Foursomes team who lost out in the Munster semi-final. Mel is now a double Munster winner, holding the U15 and U16 titles.
Munster Boys Under 16 Open Championship, Full Results
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Bantry Bay had a great win in the Pierce Purcell recently, they beat Monkstown in the South Munster final after both teams had come through their local qualifiers. Monkstown took an early lead in the final but Bantry battled and refused to let Monkstown run away with an early win. The match was played in Kinsale and the course provided both teams with a tough test. The new provision for scotch foursomes (both golfers drive off with the best shot selected) saved teams on several occasions as the narrow fairways tested both teams. Although down in the first and third matches, Bantry were buoyed by a win for Dominic Wilson and Pat Cronin over Colm Murphy and Eoin McNamara on the 13th hole. Conchur O’Sullivan and Ger Conway were two down with four to play, but they turned their match around to beat Eddie O’Sullivan and Niall Keely on the 18th green. That made it 2-0 and meant Bantry only needed one more match. The problem was that they were down in the final three matches. The win would come in match three. Despite missing Continue reading
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Tralee Golf Club will host the AIG Cups & Shields finals this weekend with three Munster pennants on offer. It’s eight years since Tralee have hosted the finals and Arnold Palmer designed links will provide a spectacular setting for the three finals. Two competitions are down for decision on Saturday with Cork and Mallow in action. Cork will be hoping to retain their Munster title in the AIG Barton Shield, but they’ll have to get past hosts Tralee in the semi-final. Waterford Castle face Castletroy in the other semi-final. Mallow unseated holders Monkstown and beat a good Cork side in the Senior Cup and they’ll be hoping to maximise their first appearance at the Munster finals in several years. Ballybunion carry Kerry hopes in the AIG Senior Cup, the West Munster winners will face Dungarvan who were the winners in the East Munster section. Limerick came through in North Munster and they will face Mallow who Continue reading
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Today’s four Fred Daly matches fell foul of the weather, and that won’t be too much of a surprise for anyone to hear. Muskerry, Douglas and Monkstown were all due to host matches today.
Cork GC hosted two games yesterday. Fota Island had an impressive 4-1 win over Muskerry in the first match. The second match proved to be a tighter event, it took two tie holes to decide the winner, with Bantry Bay winning Continue reading