Tralee in form but Cillian flies Killarney flag

JASON Cregan from Tralee Pitch and Putt Club was one of a number of players to secure a hole-in-one in the Kerry Strokeplay Championships senior event played at his home club last weekend.

Rounds of four and nine under par gave him a winning total of 13 under par.

That was four shots clear of last year’s Intermediate winner and club-mate Eamonn Sheehy who had a great second round of eight under par to claim the runners-up prize.

The Intermediate grade also went to Tralee as a returning Michael Conway had rounds of five and six under par for his winning score of 11 under as he was three clear of Deerpark’s Lorcan Martin whop finished second on eight under par.

Deerpark’s Cilliian Courtney won the overall Under 16 prize

A clean sweep of the grades for Tralee on Sunday was completed by Paul O’Shea in the Junior as his score was better than that of the Intermediate winner. Rounds of five and seven under par gave him a total of 12 under par.

Countback was needed to decide second between Listowel’s Jake Shine and another Tralee player, Keith O’Brien, after both posted scores of nine under par. Eventually it came down to the back nine in favour of Jake as he and Lorcan were the only non-Tralee prize-winners on Sunday.

Saturday’s Under 16 event in Deerpark was dominated by the hosts in Killarney as, for the first time in nearly 20 years, more than three clubs entered players int hat catehgory in the county.

Ella Moynihan of Tralee became the first girl to enter in over eight years as she won the beginners’ prize on the day with a score of 145.

Deerpark locked out the rest of the prizes as Cillian Courtney won the overall prize, with a score of six under par, three clear of Robbie Harnett on three under par.

Fintan Martin started a good weekend for his family after the performance of his brother, Lorcan, the day after in winning the 14-15 section with a score of two under par, 10 shots clear of his club-mate Ryan Neeson.

Consistency was the order of 10-13 grade as Joey McCarthy had matching one under par rounds to win the section with two under par as Brian McCarthy in second had matching one over par rounds to take second on two over par.

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