Monday, July 27, 2015

National Gents Strokeplay Championship 2015

196 players from all around Ireland qualified to play in the Gents All Ireland Strokeplay Championships which we  hosted last weekend.
This was a great boost to the town and surrounding areas as the players, family and supporters were here for the whole weekend of the 25th and 26th July.

Top pitch and putt players came to the Cunnigar last weekend for the National Gents Strokeplay Championships, which is the pinnacle of the pitch and putt season.
On Saturday last the Juniors started the proceedings with 53 players taking part, with the top 12 qualifying for a play off on the Saturday evening.
We had a local winner with Paul Riordan who beat Richard Burke of Grannard in an intense 9 hole play off.
Michael A'Hearne and Declan Byrne for their first big competition did themselves very proud, and the experience will stand to them in the future.
At 11.30 the Intermediate grade got under way, this was high standard pitch & putt play which saw Damien Greevey from Lucan come out on top with an amazing 11 under, this was followed by Cian Morrison from Douglas with 9 under and in 3rd place was Luke Heeney from Bellewstown.  Our local players Thomas Maher and Aiden O'Rourke acquitted themselves very well but unfortunately they came up short on the day.
Saturday was brilliant sunshine and the course looked magnificent.  The conditions were perfect for a great game of pitch and putt and everyone enjoyed the day.

On Sunday
This competition is the one that all players strive to win.
There were 80 players in this Senior section, and on Sunday morning gale force winds and torrential rain greeted the elite of pitch and putt. 

Despite the horrendous conditions John Walsh of Collins, Cork romped home with a 4 shot victory over J.R Crangle of Loughlinstown.

In 3rd place was Junior Smith from R.G.S.C and 4th place was Keieran Earls from Parteen, Limerick.

John Walsh now has the history of being the 3rd man in P.P.U.I history to win the  National Matchplay and National Strokeplay double in the one year.

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