National Finals beckon for Conroy and O’Neill

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Paul Conroy and Luke O’Neill will fly the flag for Ireland at next week’s NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Arizona after the pair punched their tickets to the finals.

Conroy will be there with his Chattanooga team while O’Neill will be playing as an individual after he shared second place at the Bath Regional.

Chattanooga were making their first NCAA Men’s Golf Regional appearance in nine years and they cruised into the National finals in third place at Auburn University Club.

Enniscorthy’s Conroy has spearheaded their charge all year with a win and four top-5 finishes.

Conroy set the pace for the Mocs in the final round with a three-under 69 and having played in the Norman Regionals as an individual last year he was delighted to advance as a team this time around.

“I remember last year, when I was there with Coach (Colette) Murray, we sort of talked about, you know, how cool it would be to come back with a team,” Conroy began. “To come back and advance with the team, I never even thought it was possible last year.

“It’s just…it’s amazing.”

Connemara’s O’Neill became just the fourth player in Kansas State history to advance to the NCAA Championship and the first since PGA TOUR player Robert Streb in 2006.

“I’m extremely proud of Luke,” head coach Grant Robbins said. “He’s been working extremely hard, and he’s been gaining more and more confidence each time out. It’s nice to see him be rewarded by getting a chance to play in the national championship.”

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