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Munster Strokeplay Title for Lyons

Playoff win seals title for Joe​

  • 06 May 2019

Joe Lyons led the Munster Strokeplay after each of the first three rounds, but he had to wait for two additional holes before claiming the title after a dramatic playoff.  The overnight leader maintained his three-stroke lead after the third round, but there were plenty of chances in the final round as most of the contenders dropped shots.  In the end Eanna Griffin and Joe Lyons both led on level par, meaning a sudden death playoff to decide on a winner.  The first hole was halved in pars after both golfers had reasonable birdie chances.  It was onto the 17th from there, the infamous short par four with the notoriously tricky green.  Lyons made the green in two but Griffin missed it and that proved decisive.  After Griffin chipped on he missed the par putt.  With around 25 feet left for Lyons, the experienced campaigner settled for a very sensible two putt to claim the Munster Strokeplay title.

For Joe it was a victory of the course that was long overdue.   “I’ve had a bit of a love hate relationship with this this course” said Joe after his win.  “I’ve had nines and tens and all sorts of things down through the years when I had chances of winning this event.  Even leading the qualifiers in the Irish Close a few years back I had a ten on the 16th.  I wasn’t expecting a whole pile so I’m delighted with the win.”

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