McKibbin and Galligan early leaders on Bridgestone Boys International Order of Merit

​​​Holywood's Tom McKibbin and Elm Park's Robert Galligan top after first weekend of the Bridgestone Boys International Order of Merit

  • 20 March 2019

Picture: Robert Galligan (Elm Park) won both of his matches against Wales | Cashman Photography​

Ireland boys competed at home and abroad over the weekend with Elm Park's Robert Galligan impressing against Wales in Rosslare while Holywood's Tom McKibbin was Ireland's leading performer at the Quadrangular Tournament in Chantilly, France.
Ireland were beaten 11-5 by Wales in their annual boys international match at Rosslare (16-17 March). Meanwhile Ireland lost out to strong French (4.5-0.5) and Spanish (4-1) sides at Quadrangular. Their final match against Italy was declared a half when the weather forced play to be abandoned as the first game reached the turn. McKibbin picked up 20 points in total on the Bridgestone Boys International Order of Merit -- 10 points for his 4&2 win against Spain's David Puig and another 10 more points following halves in his other matches.
Bad weather also curtailed the action on day one in Rosslare. The players only managed to get through 12 holes of their singles session before play was abandoned with Wales taking 6.5 points from the truncated session. Robert Galligan (Elm Park) put the only win on the board for Ireland with a two hole success against Tom Peet while Joseph Byrne (Baltinglass) battled his way to half a point against James Ashfield.
Ireland's fortunes improved considerably on day two. Indeed, the hosts garnered 3.5 points from the final session. Once again Galligan and Byrne impressed in difficult conditions. Galligan beat Tom Peet 3&2 while Byrne cruised to a 6&4 success against Ashfield. Keaton Morrison (Greenacres) also proved victorious, securing a one-hole margin over Rueben Bather. Seapoint's Dylan Keating holed from 12 feet at the last to halve with Sean David.
The match against Wales formed part of the GUI's High Performance programme for Junior Golf in 2019. The GUI's High Performance Programme at underage level is supported by Sport Ireland, Sport NI and The R&A.
=1 T McKibbin, R Galligan 20
3 J Byrne 15
4 K Morrison 10
=5 D Keating, A Marshall, L O'Neill, O Maguire, J McCabe, M Kennedy 5

Chantilly, France; 15-17 March
Ireland 1 Spain 4
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Foursomes: J McCabe & M Kennedy lost to A Boneta & H Aguilar 5&4; Singles: T McKibbin bt D Puig 4&2; A Marshall lost A Mueller 1H; L O'Neill lost to Pedro Marin 4&2; O Maguire lost to S Espinosa 5&4
Ireland 0.5 France 4.5
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Foursomes: O Maguire & L O'Neill lost to C Guichard & T Boulet 3&2; Singles: T McKibbin halved with Q Debove; A Marshall lost to C Larcelet 7&6; J McCabe lost to N Muller 5&4; M Kennedy lost to R Lebot 4&3
Ireland v Italy abandoned due to weather
All matches called a half
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Foursomes: J McCabe & M Kennedy halved with D de Prosperis & A Battista; Singles: T McKibbin halved with L Nicolas Fallotico; O Maguire halved with P Bovari; L O'Neill halved with G Manfredi; A Marshall halved with C Edwardo

16-17 March, Rosslare
Wales 11 Ireland 5

Saturday 16 March
Wales 6.5 Ireland 1.5
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Singles - 12 holes due to weather: J Byrne halved J Ashfield; J Black lost to T Peet 5H; A Smith lost to C Owen 1H; A Maguire lost to R Bather 2H; R Galligan bt S David 2H; D Keating lost to M Sandoz 2H; K Morrison lost to D Thomas 2H; S Murphy lost to A Forsythe 1H; 

Sunday 17 March
Wales 4.5 Ireland 3.5
Ireland names first
Singles: J Byrne bt J Ashfield 6&4; R Galligan bt T Peet 3&2; A Smith lost to C Owen 1H; S Murphy lost to M Sandoz 3&2; K Morrison bt R Bather 1H; D Keating halved with S David; A Maguire lost to D Thomas 5&4; J Black lost to A Forsythe 1H

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