Wednesday 18 September 2019

Ambitious Reddan wins Midland Scratch Trophy

Racking up the wins: Carlow Golf Club’s vice-captain, John Brophy, presents the Midland Scratch Trophy to Nenagh’s David Reddan Junior
Racking up the wins: Carlow Golf Club’s vice-captain, John Brophy, presents the Midland Scratch Trophy to Nenagh’s David Reddan Junior

Nenagh's David Reddan Jnr took another small step towards his goal of playing for Munster when he claimed the historic Midland Scratch Trophy at Carlow Golf Club.

First reserve for the Interprovincial matches at Tullamore last week, it was Reddan's third scratch cup triumph this year following his victories at Roscrea and in the revived De Lacy Staunton Scratch Cup at Athlone.

"A big goal of mine was to make Interpros this year, but I just missed out," said Reddan (27). "My dad Dave Reddan also represented Munster in the Youths Interpros many moons ago so it would be nice to follow in his footsteps and get a cap next year. My goal is to break through for a GUI win, which would be a huge achievement."

He showed in Carlow that he has the game to tackle tough tests, shooting a three-under 67 on the Deerpark Course in blustery morning conditions to take a five-shot lead before adding a level-par 70 in the afternoon.

He won by five strokes on three-under 137 from 2018 North of Ireland champion Ian Lynch from Rosslare, who ran up a seven at the first hole in the second round but recovered with an eagle and five birdies for a 69.

First played in 1950, the Midland Scratch Trophy boasts a list of past winners that's a who's who of golfing greats.

They include Joe Carr (six times), Mark Gannon (five), Peter McEvoy (four), Tom Craddock (three) and Pádraig Harrington (two).

Midland Scratch Cup, Carlow Golf Club (Par 70): 1, David Reddan Jnr (Nenagh) 67-70 137; 2, Ian Lynch (Rosslare) 75-67 142 (last 18); 3, Dean O'Riordan (Fermoy) 142; 4, Richard Walsh (Kilkenny) 146; 5, Sean Leonard (Mitchelstown) 147.

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