Intervarsities Match Play Tuesday 19th March University of Ulster claimed the Intervarsities Match Play title in a close encounter with pre tournament favourites NUI Maynooth. The northern side built a commanding lead at the halfway stage, being 3up in the first, third and fourth matches through 9 holes, with the other two matches all square. Matt McClean scored an early win for Ulster and the tie looked all but over when Paula Grant secured a fine 2up win over Shaun Carter in the second match. However, NUI Maynooth rallied to make a comback and keep the remaining matches alive until the 18 hole where Gary Hurley eventually lost out to last year’s individual Intervarsity Champion Tiarnan McLarnon to see the trophy head north. In the Plate Final, University College Dublin emerged as winners over Waterford Institute of Technology.
Tomorrow sees the Individual Championship contested, commencing with 36 holes stroke play for the men and 18 holes for the ladies, followed by Thursday’s final round.
Championship Final NUI Maynooth 1 – 4 University of Ulster (A) Gary Hurley lost to Tiarnan McLarnon 1 hole Shaun Carter lost to Paula Grant 2 holes Declan Loftus lost to Matt McClean 5&3 Conor O’Rourke halved with Ryan Gribben (called in) Alan Lowry halved John Robinson (called in)
Championship Semi-Finals 1st Tee NUI Maynooth 4 – 1 University College Dublin (Blue) (NUIM names first) Gary Hurley bt Alex Gleeson 4&2 Shaun Carter bt Jack Pierse 2&1 Declan Loftus bt Jonathan Webster 2&1 Conor O’Rourke halved with Robbie Pierse (called in) Alan Lowry halved with Harry Scott (called in)10th Tee
University of Ulster (B) 1 – 4 University of Ulster (A) Stephen Boles lost to Tiarnan McLarnon 1 hole James Lindsay bt Paula Grant 1 hole Malachy Wylie lost to Matt McClean 7&6 Kelsey Coey lost to Ryan Gribben 2&1 Ros Carvill lost to John Robinson 5&4
Plate Final Waterford IT v UCD (Red) (WIT names first) David Whitty lost to John Conroy 3&2 Derek Power lost to David Manifold 2 holes Eoin Cantwell lost to Jack Ryan 8&7 John Meagher halved with Ross Moore (called in) David Baker halved with Joe Neiland (called in)