Leinster complete hat-trick at Interprovincial Championships

Bernie McGuire
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Leinster complete hat-trick at Interprovincial Championships

It was a great day for Leinster as they completed their first hat-trick since 1964 by winning a third successive Interprovincial Championship at Carlow Golf Club.

Not since that great side of the ’60s won four on the trot from ’62 to ’65 have Leinster managed such a streak and in winning the title they put three wins on the board so this was a thumping success.

Following wins against Munster and Connacht, Leinster only needed to halve with Ulster in order to retain the title but they made certain anyway, victorious for the third day running.

Dominant in the morning foursomes, winning three matches, Leinster needed just two more points. And with comprehensive wins for Conor Purcell, Jonathan Yates and Mark Power at the top of the order, Seamus McParland’s side were celebrating once again.

Leinster 7 Ulster 4
Foursomes
Jonathan Yates & Mark Power beat Tiarnan McLarnon & Reece Black 2&1; Caolan Rafferty & Eugene Smith beat Jordan Hood & Kyle McCarron 2&1; Conor Purcell & Jake Whelan beat Gareth Lappin & Marc Norton 3&2; Daniel Holland & Alan Lowry lost to Stuart Bleakley & Ross Dutton 1 hole
Singles
Caolan Rafferty beat Tiarnan McLarnon 1 hole; Conor Purcell beat Gareth Lappin; Mark Power beat Jordan Hood 6&5; Jonathan Yates beat Ross Dutton 5&4; Alan Lowry lost to Stuart Bleakley 4&3; Eugene Smith lost to Kyle McCarron 1 hole; Daniel Holland lost to Marc Norton 1 hole

Munster 7.5 Connacht 3.5
Foursomes
Peter O’Keeffe & Andrew McCormack beat Devin Morley & Jack McDonnell 1 hole; Jack Pierse & John Murphy halved with Ronan Mullarney & Cathal Nolan; James Sugrue & Eanna Griffin lost to Sean Flanagan & TJ Ford 4&3; Gary O’Flaherty & Geoff Lenehan beat Barry Anderson & Mark Morrissey 1 hole
Singles
Peter O’Keefe beat Devin Morley 2&1; Geoff Lenehan beat Ronan Mullarney 1hole; John Murphy lost to Jack McDonnell 1 hole; James Sugrue lost to Barry Anderson 1 hole; Jack Pierse beat TJ Ford 2 holes; Eanna Griffin beat Mark Morrissey 6&5; Gary O’Flaherty beat Sean Flanagan 2&1

Overall Standings
1. Leinster
2. Ulster
3. Munster
4. Connacht

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