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Rain halts play at Munster Schools Finals

​​Holders ​Colaiste Cloilm through to final

  • 14 October 2019

Heavy rain forced the cancellation of the Munster finals of the Irish Schools Senior and Junior Championships today in Castlemartyr.  Although everyone started off at their allotted times this morning, the rain persisted and a heavy downpour around lunchtime made the course unplayable.  The semi-finals of the senior championship were completed before play was suspended with Colaiste Choilm and St Joseph’s advancing to the final.  Colaiste Choilm from Ballincollig booked their place in the Munster Schools final ​with a hard fought win over De La Salle Waterford.  The reigning Munster champions were back in Castlemartyr, the venue where they won last year.  And they were up against the 2018 beaten finalists in the semi final.  Keelan McCarthy led the way for the Ballinollig side, he had a two hole win over Rory Milne to win the first point.  Zak Collins had to go to the 19th before he saw off the challenge from Alex King to win a second point.  Both Rory Fives and David Mahon won for De La Salle to level the match at 2-2, meaning the match would be decided by John Lehane and Alex Browne.  That match went all the way to the 18th before Lehane secured the winning point for Colaiste Choilm. 

In the second semi-final St Josephs Ballybunion beat Colaiste an Spioraid Naoimh and this too was a tight match.  Robbie Walsh and Jack Lucey put points on the board for the Cork side but Edmond Healy, Aaron Buckley and Ronan O’Neill all won in the later stages of their games to see St Joesph’s advance.  The weather also had an impact on the Schools Junior Championship.  In fairness to the younger golfers, they all stayed out on the course and tried to finish their Strokeplay rounds, but the heavy rain resulted in flooded greens meaning that play had to be abandoned.  There were two Cork colleges in action, St Francis College Rochestown and St Colmans College Fermoy, with St Flanans from Ennis and Abbey Community School from Waterford also involved.  Colaiste Choilm and St Joesph’s will now have to wait until the rescheduled date for the final is announced by Munster Golf, while a decision will also be made on the junior final.