Kilkenny win Royal rumble
All-Ireland champions Kilkenny are on course to retain the Fred Daly Trophy following their 4-1 victory over Laytown & Bettystown in the Leinster final at Royal Tara.
The result adds another chapter to a colourful few days for Kilkenny's Mark Power, who was within touching distance of adding the European Young Masters title to wins in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and the Irish Boys Championship already this season, but triple bogeyed the last hole in Switzerland last weekend to finish fourth
The squad of Mark, his brother Kevin Power, Simon Cullen, Jeff Kealy, Harry Duggan, Richard Duggan and James Everard were joined in Royal Tara by Frank Dalton, captain of Kilkenny Golf Club and team manager Leo Byrne.
Three-time former Irish Close winner Eddie Power, father of Mark and Kevin, was there as assistant manager.