It was another positive day for Cork golfers, 16 year old Fionn Hickey was in the prizes a the Leinster Boys while Peter O’Keeffe dispatched another two challengers and is into the semi-final of the North of Ireland.
Muskerry’s Fionn Hickey continued his positive set of results this summer with a fourth place finish at the Leinster Boys. Played in Waterford Golf Club over the past three days, Hickey close with a one under par 70. Three birdies in his final five holes helped the Muskerry golfer move up one spot on the leaderboard, and he also won the best Under 17 prize. Mel Deasy (Lee Valley) finished inside the top ten, two birdies on the back nine helped improve his position after going through the front nine in +3 today. Keelan McCarthy and Robbie Walsh came home together in 14th position. Both golfers shot identical rounds of 74,73,78 over the three days, while Mallow’s Daniel O’Sullivan was one shot back in 22nd place.
In Portstewart, Peter O’Keeffe claimed his fourth matchplay win in two day, closing out all four matches before he reached the 18th hole. In the round of 32, O’Keeffe faced Jake Rowe from Tandragee, and he beat the Ulsterman 2&1. This afternoon he faced Malone’s Matthew McClean in the quarter-final and closed out the match on the 16th after holding a solid lead throughout.
Tomorrow morning the Douglas golfer will face the top qualifier and 2018 West of Ireland winner Rob Brazill from Naas. Both golfers are currently on the Irish Senior Mens panel and it promises to be an interesting match. In the second semi final, Liam Grehan will take on Arron Edwards-Hill. O’Keeffe has been on the road for well over a week. Last week he caddied for his friend Rob Dawson in the Irish Open in Lahinch, and when they finished up on Sunday, O’Keeffe made the long journey to the Northern coastline for Monday’s first round in the strokeplay qualifier.
Edward Walsh (Mallow) pictured after winning the Munster U17 Boys Championship last year. Picture: Niall O’Shea
Mallow’s Edward Walsh finished in the runner-up spot at the Leinster Boys in Headfort today after a three hole play-off. Walsh had a share of the lead going into the final round, he tied with Castle’s Robert Moran on a one under par score of 143. Walsh finished his final round tied with Aaron Marshall, the Lisburn golfer shot a two under par 70 compared with Walsh’s 72. Although he birdied his final three holes yesterday, Walsh shot level par for his back nine today. A three hole play-off followed with the Mallow golfer losing out when Marshall won the second and third play-off holes. Greg Barrett gave Mallow a second place in the top ten, he finished tied for 10th place after a final round 76. Adam Boland also from Mallow finished in a tie for 16th place.
Leinster Boys Final Results
Gary Ward from Kinsale shot three under for his final 36 holes at the Leinster Boy’s today to claim second place. Ward shot a 69 this morning to hold the 54 hole lead by two shots. However a one over par 74 this afternoon meant that the Kinsale man had to settle for second place. The winner was Michael Ryan from New Ross and his win was well deserved considering he shot -7 (68,69) on the final day in Balcarrick.
John Murphy was the one of three other Cork golfers to make the cut for the final 36 holes, he shot a positive two under 71 this morning but signed for a disappointing 77 this afternoon. Murphy now looks like taking second place in the final national Order of Merit standings. Mark Healy carded a 73,73 to maintain his place inside the top twenty and Muskerry’s Benedict Cronin finished in 42nd place from the field of 150 golfers.
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Kinsale’s John Murphy in action in Monkstown recently.
Picture: Niall O’Shea
Kinsale’s John Murphy stormed into the lead at the Leinster Boys Open in Balcarrick. Murphy has consistently shown good form this season and was a surprise omission from the Irish Boys team announced yesterday, but he bounced back from the disappointment to shoot a two under par 71.
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