Maynooth’s Mullarney claims Irish Students Amateur title

Bernie McGuire
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Maynooth’s Mullarney claims Irish Students Amateur title

Ronan Mullarney secured his second win in two weeks by clinching a one-shot victory at the Irish Students Amateur Open in Tralee.

Looking to go one better after finishing a single shot behind last year’s winner, Stefan Greenberg of Ulster University, Mullarney carded a final round 71 to finish the 54-hole tournament on three-under-par, one stroke clear of Maynooth University teammate Jack McDonnell.

Fresh from his victory at The R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament in St Andrews the week before, Mullarney prevailed again thanks largely to a superb second round of 66, which moved him into a share of the lead going into the final day.

Level with Alan Fahy (Maynooth University) at the start of round three, Mullarney made his move on the front nine, picking up three birdies before the turn. Fahy was two behind at that stage but it was Jack McDonnell who mounted the biggest challenge. McDonnell began the day one behind the leading pair. He birdied 18 to close with 71, the joint low round of the day, but Mullarney matched his effort to stay at the top.

In the team event, Maynooth’s A side featuring Mullarney, Fahy and Cathal Butler took the honours. They were four shots clear of the field.

And in the women’s event, where just eight players competed, Clodagh Walsh ensured it was a clean sweep for the Maynooth juggernaut as she went clear on the final day to take the title by an impressive 13 shots.

In all, over 100 student golfers travelled to Tralee for this year’s championship and by choosing to balance their playing time with their studies, all those involved have benefited from a wonderful three day’s golf.

Men’s Final Standings:

213       R Mullarney (Maynooth University), 76, 66, 71
214       J McDonnell (Maynooth University), 73, 70, 71
215       H Foley (The Royal Dublin), 72, 71, 72
217       A Fahy (Maynooth University), 72, 70, 75; S McCaw (University of Stirling), 70, 74, 73
218       H Duggan (Kilkenny), 75, 70, 73
219       J Madden (Royal Portrush), 72, 71, 76
220       G Ward (Cork IT), 73, 75, 72; D Brady (Maynooth University), 72, 75, 73; M Kennelly (NUI Galway), 72, 72, 76
221       J Hickey (Cork IT), 71, 76, 74
222       J McVicker (Ulster University), 71, 72, 79
223       R Browne (University College Dublin), 77, 73, 73; D Flynn (Maynooth University), 73, 73, 77; A Lennie (Clandeboye), 72, 74, 77; P Tobin (University College Cork), 72, 73, 78
224       W Small (Tandragee), 75, 76, 73; T Ford (Maynooth University), 73, 72, 79
225       A McDaid (Dublin Business School), 78, 75, 72; R Nelson (University of Stirling), 73, 77, 75
226       R Dutton (Ulster University), 79, 68, 79; C Butler (Maynooth University), 78, 75, 73; H Gillivan (Maynooth University), 74, 75, 77
227       M Healy (University College Cork), 79, 71, 77; D Kelly (Maynooth University), 78, 72, 77; C Woodroofe (Maynooth University), 75, 76, 76; A Ryan (Maynooth University), 75, 75, 77
228       D McAleenon (Edenmore), 77, 75, 76
229       S McDermott (NUI Galway), 77, 74, 78; M Shiel (NUI Galway), 77, 74, 78; A McQuillan (Ulster University), 77, 74, 78; R McCullough (Ulster University), 76, 72, 81; G O’Mahony (University College Cork), 74, 79, 76
230       B O’Connell (University College Cork), 74, 78, 78
231       S Greenberg (Ulster University), 79, 72, 80; M Burke (NUI Galway), 78, 74, 79; E O’Brien (Maynooth University), 77, 76, 78
232       J Quinn (Dublin City University), 79, 73, 80; M Fitzsimons (University of Stirling), 75, 75, 82
234       J McCarthy (University College Dublin), 79, 71, 84; W Beatty (Greenacres), 76, 76, 82
RTD     K O’Meara (University College Dublin), 76, 75

MC       C Ryan (Maynooth University), 80, 74; A Riordan (Cork IT), 76, 78; W Eickholt (Dublin City University), 81, 74; E Rumley (Kinsale), 78, 77; J Temple (Portmarnock), 77, 78; S Doyle (Maynooth University), 80, 76; J Murphy (Greenore), 80, 76; A Comerford (NUI Galway), 78, 78; N McCulloch (SRUC Elmwood), 76, 80; R Steedman (Maynooth University), 82, 75; C Vaughan (University of Limerick), 79, 78; K Power (University College Dublin), 79, 78; C O’Donoghue (University of Limerick), 81, 77; S O Neill (IT Carlow), 79, 79; M Ryan (New Ross), 78, 80; C Feeney (Maynooth University), 75, 83; D Diaz (Ulster University), 83, 76; C Hughes (NUI Galway), 81, 78; J Hayden (University College Dublin), 78, 81; R Murphy (Powerscourt), 78, 81; C Taylor (University of Limerick), 77, 82; C Roche (Cork IT), 85, 75; L O’Connor (Maynooth University), 84, 76; J Lawlor (Maynooth University), 84, 76; C O’Carroll (Cork IT), 82, 78; T Coakley (Cork IT), 82, 78; J Murphy (Cork IT), 80, 80; P Scannell (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa), 78, 82; B O’Callaghan (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa), 80, 81; G Fitzmaurice (University College Dublin), 84, 78; R Dunne (Maynooth University), 80, 82; J Heffernan (IT Tralee), 84, 79; J McGreevy (NUI Galway), 81, 82; G Gribben (Fortwilliam), 80, 83; S McGuinness (NUI Galway), 80, 83; D Cunningham (Tandragee), 84, 80; O O’Loughlin (Maynooth University), 84, 80; C Guiller (Ulster University), 89, 76; L Flynn (Trinity College Dublin), 83, 82; D Hourihan (University College Cork), 82, 83; M Benner (NUI Galway), 80, 85; S Kestell (IADT Dun Laoghaire), 86, 80; J McKenna (University of Stirling), 79, 87; C Jackman (SRUC Elmwood), 86, 81; L Doyle (NUI Galway), 85, 82; C Browne (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa), 82, 85; J Kelly (Ardee), 86, 82; D Mealia (Maynooth University), 82, 86; A Cody (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa), 82, 86; C Harte  (University College Dublin), 86, 83; J Hogan (Cork IT), 83, 86; E Campbell (University of Stirling), 88, 84; D O’ Brien (IT Carlow), 88, 84; D O’Sullivan  (Cork IT), 86, 86; F Bannon (Ardglass), 90, 84; C McCormack (Trinity College Dublin), 91, 84; S Donaghy (Maynooth University), 91, 88
RTD     E Haran (Trinity College Dublin)
NS        R O’Callaghan (Maynooth University)
RTD     J Conway (SRUC Elmwood)
NR       C Joyce (Galway)

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