Last Saturday in a sun-drenched Listowel saw the County Under-16 Strokeplay Championships as players from the host club, Deerpark and Tralee were all amongst the field.
The boys event saw a clear overall winner in Listowel’s Ajay Barrett as a great start of five under par for his first 18 holes gave him a platform to finish with six under par and record a five shot victory. Deerpark’s Brian McCarthy finished as runner-up for the second-year-in-a-row with one under par as a good second 18 gave him the prize on countback from his club-mate Noah Sexton.
Sexton’s one under par saw him win the Boys 13-15 section ahead of another Deerpark player, Nathan Cronin on countback. The Boys 8-12 section was dominated by Listowel as Aodhan O’Connell won the main prize with a score of 140, one shot ahead of club-mate Joe Joy on 141.
The Girls section was dominated by Tralee with the Moynihan sisters, Ella and Sophie, battling it out for the main prize. Ella just about held on to the Girls title with a score of 115, one ahead of her sister as they were well clear of their nearest challengers.
Lucy Grattan, the Munster U-16 Girls Matchplay winner from two weeks earlier at the same venue, won the First 18 prize with 62, while Cliona Murphy won the Second 18 prize with 71.
The U-16s now turn their attention to Kildare this weekend and the Ryston Pitch & Putt Club in Newbridge where the National U-16 Matchplay takes place. Players from Deerpark, Listowel and Tralee are all entered in the Boys and Girls events.
Also in national action at the weekend is Deerpark’s Ger Casey as he takes part in the National O-55s Intermediate Strokeplay Championships in Bellewstown, Co Meath on Saturday.
Closer to home the Castleisland Scratch Cups make a welcome return to the calendar after a three-year absence this Sunday. The Danny Broderick Memorial Scratch Cup is the highlight as the Lorna Looney Brosnan Cup for the Junior event along with the Intermediate Cup will also be awarded once more. Cards (€10) are available from 8am-2pm with 5pm the time down for the play-offs for the three grades.