Leinster defended their U14 Boys’ Interprovincial title as the series concluded at Hilton Templepatrick.
After securing victories yesterday against Connacht and Munster, Leinster and Ulster went head-to-head for the title on Tuesday. The tie was closely fought but when Leinster pair Toby Murphy (Greystones) and William Walshe (Delgany) birdied the 18th to secure a half-point against the Ulster pairing of Barry McMenamin (Ballybofey & Stranorlar) and David Lyttle (Castlerock), Leinster could begin to breathe.
Adam Fahey (Seapoint) added another point shortly afterwards on the final green before Jack McKenna (Laytown & Bettystown) secured the win when he beat Massereene’s Scott McCabe 2&1.
“It was a great week,” said Murphy, “I felt I played better yesterday but William played great today
“It was nerve wrecking,” added Walshe, “there was never really a moment where you could relax but it feels great to represent Leinster and even better to win”.
Meanwhile, Connacht finished third in the U14 Boys’ event with Munster finishing in fourth.
Next on the agenda was the U16 Boys’ Champions where Ulster were again in contention against Munster.
The first point of the tie went to Ulster when Finlay Eager (Royal Belfast) beat Matthew Kelleher (Fota Island). John Doyle, also from Fota Island, quickly evened the score with his win over Charlie Smyth (Slieve Russell) before Evan Hogg, the foursomes pairing of Harry McArdle and Michael Wilson, and Stuart Nesbitt cemented the win for Ulster.
“It was absolutely amazing,” said Ulster U16 Team Captain Trevor Lewers. “I came up with this team from U14 level this year and we’ve done it now.”
“Each and every individual I am so proud of. There’s a lot of fun involved obviously and then my job is to try to keep them motivated on the course because it really does go down to the wire. We knew we had to play our best today against Munster and we did.”
Leinster finished third in the U16 Boys’ event with Connacht finishing in fourth.
The U18 Girls’ and Boys’ event continue at Hilton Templepatrick until Thursday
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