Kerry hotshots make it three-in-a-row

Champions: The Kerry 1 under 16 team, Eoin O’Riordan-Looney (Deerpark), Cillian Courtney (Deerpark), Jake Shine (Listowel) and Robbie Harnett (Deerpark) WHO won the Munster Inter-County Championship for the third consecutive year receiving their prizes from Pitch and Putt Ireland Vice-President Mark Keohane (left) and Youth Officer Liam Leahy (right).

Report: Jason O’Connor

A THIRD successive Munster title for Kerry at under 16 level was the highlight of the weekend’s Munster Inter-County Pitch and Putt Championships in Hillview, Clonmel, Co Tipperary from

The Kerry 1 team of Cillian Courtney, Robbie Harnett, Eoin O’Riordan-Looney and Jake Shine had an 11 stroke victory over their counterparts from Cork.

Kerry started well in shooting eight under par for their two scotch foursomes pairings, Cillian and Robbie shooting six under while Eoin and Jake had two under. It was an

nine under par round from Cillian that was the standout feature of the singles, however, as two under par from Eoin and level and one over par respectively from Robbie and Jake brought their overall total to 18 under par with Cork 1 their nearest challengers on seven under combined in second.

The Kerry 2 team of Bobby McCarron, Ryan Neeson, Jack O’Sullivan and Ryan McCarthy finished just outside the medals in fourth on a combined score of 337, 15 shots behind Cork 2 who came third.

Deerpark’s Gearoid Cronin (left) and Adam Kelly were on the intermediate team

The Kerry men’s teams meanwhile finished outside the medals in their grades – they were fourthin all three – with the senior side four shots off third place Limerick on Sunday. The team of Jamie Blake, Alan Hobbart, James Dignan, Aidan O’Connor, John McGrath and Damien Fleming were a total of 22 under par for their three scotch foursomes rounds but could only finish on 36 under par for the tournament after the singles as they were 31 shots off the winning score by hosts Tipperary who had 12 to spare over Cork in victory.

The intermediate side was defending the title for the count, but they were six shots off a podium placing as they finished the tournament on a combined 15 under par. The team comprised Gearoid Cronin, Richard Bunyan, Danny O’Leary, Eamon Sheehy, John O’Brien and Adam Kelly.

The junior men’s side on Saturday, meanwhile, came the closest to being in the shake-up for the title finishing 10 strokes off the winning score of Tipperary with Kerry’s total of 498 four shots off third placed Cork in the finish. Noel Moynihan and Conor Leahy had a great scotch foursomes round of six under but the course got a lot tougher for the players in the singles as the team which also included Ger Guerin, Ben Newman, Darragh O’Callaghan and John Carey had to settle for fourth overall.

This weekend sees Deerpark’s John McGrath travel to take part in the European Strokeplay Championships in Dagenham, England while Deerpark’s Robbie Harnett and Listowel’s Jake Shine the best of luck in the National Community Games Finals in Limerick.

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