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2018.19 Irish Senior Schools Provincial Finals at Ballinrobe Golf Club
Trophy Matches for the Tony Kearney Cup
CBS Roscommon made it back to back Connacht Titles as they bid to defend their National Title at the end of the month in Portstewart Golf Club.
CBS were emphatic morning winners over Presentation College Athenry in their morning semi-final before facing the new kids on the block, Holy Rosary Mountbellew who are led by Irish International and Olympian David Kitt.
Holy Rosary Mountbellew came through a tight semi-final against Connacht Schools Golf most successful school Summerhill College Sligo when Kitt prevailed by 1 Hole in the top match against Tom Flanagan.
CBS Roscommon beat Presentation College Athenry 4.5/0.5
Holy Rosary Mountbellew beat Summerhill College Sligo 3/2
The afternoon final began with two Club mates both Irish Boy Internationals in 2018 facing each other and the bragging rights went the way of David Kitt following his 2/1 win against Allan Hill. That was to be the only winning match point for the Galway side as CBS Roscommon showed their strength in depth securing comprehensive wins in games 3, 4 & 5 with match 2 being called in a half.
CBS Roscommon beat Holy Rosary Mountbellew 3.5/1.5
The Plate Final for those two schools who finished in 5th & 6th respective at Qualifying saw one of the former greats of Schools Golf make a trip down memory lane as St. Joseph's Garbally, Ballinalsoe made their first appearance in a finals in over a decade. Their opponents were Calasanctius College, Oranmore who have been regulars in the last five years so would certainly have entered as firm favourites.
The Plate differs from the Trophy in that it is a handicap event so shots are given and received in the respective matches and this proved crucial in determining the outcome as the much younger Garbally team were received between 5 and 12 strokes across the five matches.
Calasanctius greater experience saw them prevail by just 1 Hole in each of the top two matches but Garbally rallied back strongly taking matches 3 and 4 by 7/6 and 4/3 to leave it all in the balance and it was Garbally's Charlie Mooney who became the hero securing the title winning the final match on the 18th green by 1 hole.