Denvir and Ward tops at Intervarsity Championships

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Denvir and Ward tops at Intervarsity Championships

Charlie Denvir (Elm Park) on the 1st tee during Round 1 - Matchplay of the North of Ireland Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portrush, Co. Antrim on Wednesday 11th July 2018. Picture: Thos Caffrey / Golffile

Niamh Ward (Ulster University) defended her Irish Women’s Intervarsity title on Friday 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 Boys 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.

“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.

FINAL RESULTS

Men’s

215      C Denvir (University College Dublin), 73, 73, 69

216      D Kitt (Maynooth University), 76, 71, 69

218      A Hill (Maynooth University), 73, 71, 74; J Keane (University of Limerick), 71, 71, 76

219      J Mackin (Maynooth University), 76, 70, 73

220      E Murphy (Maynooth University), 76, 73, 71

221      J Shellard (Ulster University), 76, 69, 76; J Egan (University College Cork), 74, 72, 75

222      J Quinn (Dublin City University), 77, 72, 73; S Desmond (University College Cork), 75, 71, 76

224      A Smith (Maynooth University), 77, 71, 76; T Smyth (TU Dublin), 76, 74, 74; D Flynn (Maynooth University), 74, 74, 76

225      C Hickey (University College Cork), 77, 72, 76

226      M Kennelly (NUI Galway), 77, 74, 75; T Mulligan (Maynooth University), 75, 71, 80

227      P Conroy (Maynooth University), 76, 74, 77

228      I Smith (Trinity College Dublin), 77, 75, 76; J McCarthy (University College Dublin), 75, 80, 73

229      R Abernethy (Maynooth University), 84, 73, 72; L Harris (Maynooth University), 78, 77, 74

230      C Cunningham (NUI Galway), 82, 71, 77; R Jennings (Maynooth University), 79, 77, 74; H Fanagan (University College Dublin), 76, 77, 77

231      A Marshall (Ulster University), 78, 74, 79; A Flynn (Trinity College Dublin), 75, 77, 79

232      C Moynihan (National College of Ireland), 78, 76, 78; J O’Farrell (Galway-Mayo IT), 74, 74, 84

234      L Cleere (Maynooth University), 76, 75, 83

236      K Robinson (TU Dublin), 79, 78, 79

Women’s

236      N Ward (Ulster University), 83, 79, 74

240      K Dwyer (Maynooth University), 83, 79, 78

241      E O’Gorman (University College Dublin), 80, 77, 84

244      R Thompson (University College Cork), 80, 80, 84

259      O O’Rorke (Dublin City University), 89, 85, 85

281      B Lecanda Prado (Dublin Business School), 93, 87, 101

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