Hickey takes runner up spot in Ulster Boys

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Saturday 30th March 2019

Fionn Hickey

Fionn Hickey finished strongly in Donegal today to claim second place in the Ulster Boys Open Championship.  After opening rounds of 72 & 73 the Muskerry man was -1 and held 4th place overnight.  In tough scoring conditions, Hickey found himself four over after six holes, but two birdies steadied the score.   A final bogey on the 16th would see him sign for a 76, but that ended being the third best score of the day with nobody able to break par.  Dundalk’s Josh Macklin shot a 74 to win while overnight leader Joshua Hill finished fourth.  Robert Walsh(Kinsale) finished tied for 17th while Jack Egan (Muskerry) and Keelan McCarthy (Lee Valley) were further down the field.

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Murphy takes 2nd place at Ulster Boys

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Kinsale’s John Murphy with the Kerry Boy’s Cup Picture: Gary Ward

John Murphy narrowly missed out on back to back Boys victories today when he finished just one shot off the winning score.  Murphy was tied for the lead with three others going into the final day, the rain affected third day saw the competition reduced to 54 holes following heavy overnight rain.

Murphy got off to a great start, and was three under for the day after four holes.  He had a tough time of it around the turn with six consecutive bogies.  The Munster Boys Champion rescued his round with an eagle on the long par five 16th hole.  Murphy’s one over par 72 was enough to keep pace with the leaders and it looked like a four way play-off would follow.  But Dun Laoighre’s Alan Fahy came in with a great 68 and took the title by one stroke.  Murphy took second place on a countback from five players on -1.

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Ulster Boys Final Scores

211 Alan Fahy (Dun Laoghaire Golf Club) 69 74 68
212 John Murphy (Kinsale) 75 65 72 , Patrick Brennan (Belvoir Park Golf Club) 72 68 72 , Ross Kelly (Tuam Golf Club) 72 68 72 , Hugh O’Hare (Fortwilliam Golf Club) 72 68 72 , Jake Rowe (Tandragee Golf Club) 71 74 67
213 Marc McKinstry (Cairndhu Golf Club) 71 73 69

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Super 65 for Murphy, tied for lead in Ulster Boys

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Kinsale’s John Murphy 

Kinsale’s John Murphy shot a superb 65 on day two of the Ulster Boys at Bangor today.  The early tee time suited the Munster Boys Champion as he stormed the course.  Murphy was four under through four holes thanks to two birdies and an eagle.  Murphy added two more birdies on the back nine on his way to signing for a six under par total of 65.  Murphy bettered his first round score by ten shots and is in a great position going into the final 36 holes tomorrow.

Murphy is currently tied for the lead on -2.  The last few cards from round two still need to b counted but as it stands Murphy is leading along with Hugh O’Hare, Ross Kelly and Patrick Brennan.

 Fota Island’s Shane Galvin had a great second round.  He shot a 74 but unfortunately missed the 36 hole cut by one shot.  His round included birdies on the 4th, 9th and 18th.    Mallow’s Adam Walsh finished a few strokes outside the cut mark.