Maynooth Team A
The Irish Colleges Match Play Finals start today with the country’s top intervarsity talent set to further swing the cobwebs off at Woodbrook Golf Club.
Having qualified back in February at The Heath Golf Club, powerhouses, Maynooth University, enter the competition as defending champions after enjoying a clean sweep at Woodbrook last year.
Dundalk’s Caolan Rafferty, who reached the semi-finals of the South African Amateur as part of the GUI travelling panel last month, was a standout performer on Maynooth C last year as the college filled the top three medal positions after a dominant display.
The Kildare college is represented well once more, with four teams in the Quarter-Finals tomorrow; MU Scholars A & B (made up of students from the Scholarship programme) and MU Club A & B (made up of students from the Golf Club).
However, given the Quarter-Final draw, four Maynooth teams advancing to Friday’s Semi-Finals is now impossible, with Maynooth Club (a) drawn first to play Maynooth Scholars (a).
In the second match, Maynooth Scholars (b) face a stiff test in the form of Queens University, Belfast.
2017 champions, Trinity College Dublin face off against Cork Institute of Technology in the third and only non-Maynooth match-up before Maynooth Club (b) complete the line-up against Ulster University.
Thursday’s Quarter-Final Draw:
Maynooth University Club (a) v Maynooth Scholars (a)
Maynooth Scholars (b) v Queens University
Cork Institute of Technology v Trinity College Dublin
Maynooth University Club (b) v Ulster University
Semi-Finals to take place from 8.00am on Friday 8th March with the final being played on Friday afternoon