Denvir and Ward top at Intervarsity's

​Rain battered Bull Island as players took to the course at St. Anne's for the final round of the Irish Intervarsity Championship

  • 25 October 2019

​Caption: Charlie Denvir (UCD) | Golffile

Niamh Ward (Ulster University) defended her Irish Women’s Intervarsity title today while Charlie Denvir (UCD) kicked off his college career with a win in the men’s event. 

Rain battered Bull Island as players took to St. Anne’s for the last of three rounds this morning. Neither Ward or Denvir held the overnight lead, the weather ensuring that it would be anyone’s title. 

‘I was wearing my rain jacket down the first but couldn’t swing so I took it off, didn’t bother with the umbrella and just ground it out,’ explained Denvir.

Struggling to find his form on the greens, something changed when Denvir rolled two birdie putts in on the 5th and 6th. He followed with another 20 foot putt for par on the 8th. 

‘I think that was the turning point where I thought I was still definitely in this.’

The first year Sports Management student reached the pinnacle of underage golf, representing Ireland in the Boy’s Home Internationals. Already only a couple of months into his studies, he has firmly set his sights on the next step up.

‘I’ve obviously only started at college but it seems like student golf is going to be great to bridge the golf between boy’s and men’s golf. There’s a few events over the winter which is nice to keep you sharp heading back into the season again next year.’ 

Niamh Ward returned from a stint in college in the US to study at UU. Winning the event last year, she began the day five shots behind Ellen O’Gorman (UCD). Birdies at the 1st and 5th were countered with bogey’s on the 6th and 8th. Ward then took care of both par five’s on the back nine ultimately securing her second Irish Intervarsity title.
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Caption: Niamh Ward (Ulster University) | Golffile

‘I actually hadn’t thought I won and was nearly heading home,’ explained Ward, who’s studying Accountancy. ‘I love competing for the University and It’s great to win again for them.’

Maynooth University’s David Kitt and Alan Hill took second and third place in the men’s event while Kate Dwyer (MU) and Ellen O’Gorman (UCD) rounded the podium places in the women’s.