Drama in Montrose as Maynooth claim opening Student Series win

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Kate Dwyer finished fifth in the first R&A Student Series competition of the season after a three-over 76 gave her a two-over total for 36 holes. 

The Maynooth University student who plays out of Rossmore Golf Club finished nine shots adrift of Scotland’s Lorna McClymont who almost relinquished a seemingly unassailable eight-shot overnight lead. 

McClymont who won the Irish Women’s Open Championship in Baltray this summer was one putt away from a historic 59 on Tuesday but a six-over 79 on Wednesday saw her overnight advantaged whittled down to just one at the end of the final round. 

The Scot finished on seven-under, one clear of Lucy Jamieson who posted successive rounds of 70 to take second place. 

The Milgnavie native carded a double and triple bogey with just two birdies coming at the par-5 6th and 15th. 

McClymont is a serial winner so perhaps she can be forgiven for not being overjoyed by her latest triumph. 

“A win is always good, but this one is maybe bittersweet,” McClymont said. 

“It’s hard to describe but I felt as if I was playing in a mist today that was stopping me from doing what I normally do,” she said.“I’ll learn from both rounds of golf. Yesterday it was good to learn to have that control and how it feels. Today it was good because I learned there are times when golf doesn’t always go your way, and you have to take it on the chin and learn from it. That’s golf.” 

Maynooth University’s Ryan Griffin finished two shots shy of George Cannon who emerged victorious in the men’s tournament.

Cannon survived a three-man playoff with Stirling teammate Will Coxon and England’s Ben Willis of Edge College Golf. Cannon, 19, earned his first Student Tour Series win on his debut. 

Ballybofey & Stranorlar’s Griffin finished in a share of fourth with fellow Maynoothians Allan Hill and David Kitt on level-par. 

Griffin posted a final round of 74 after an opening 68 while Hill and Kitt both let slip opportunities to win on the back nine. 

Roscommon’s Hill was two-under after fifteen but bogeys on 16 and 17 saw him drift out of contention in Montrose. 

Meanwhile Kitt of Athenry had a one shot lead at the turn on four-under before a disastrous quadruple bogey eight on the eleventh saw him tumble down the leaderboard and he was unable to recover. 

Overnight leader Eoin Murphy of Maynooth University and Dundalk GC will put his second round down to a learning experience after backing up his opening 65 with a sixteen-over 87 to fall back to eleven-over. 

Maynooth men’s team one shared top spot with Stirling in the team event which was made up of returning masters student and West of Ireland winner Alan Fahy, Griffin, Murphy and Kitt on five-under. 

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