Glenville host National Gents Strokeplay Championships

GLENVILLE Pitch and Putt Club played host to the National Gents Strokeplay Championship last weekend with 2011 National Matchplay champion Damien Fleming taking the title.

The Deerpark player was runner-up in 2012 and third in each of the last two seasons, but made no mistake this time around with an outstand-ing final round of 46 for an overall aggregate of 18 under par 144.

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Dean Revins sizes up a putt at the championships

It was enough to see him win by a single stroke from 2016 National Matchplay champion John Ross Crangle who took second place in this championship for the third time in eight years.

He subsequently became the 14th player in history to win both the National Gents Strokeplay and Matchplay titles, completing  a momentous week for the Co Kerry native and Co Cork resident who became a father for the third time just a few days ago.

Kevin McCarthy (Rock-lodge), Joe Joyce (Glen- ville) and Bryan Delaney (Bishopstown) all tied for third on 147 (-15).

Joyce edged out reigning National Matchplay champion Delaney for fourth spot (and the final exempt place in next year’s championship) on the back nine of the final 18.

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John Carr, Glenville Captain, and Mervyn Cooney, PPUI

The intermediate and junior championships were played in heatwave conditions on Saturday.

Michael Kirby (Larkspur Park, Cashel) scored 25 for a nine-hole play-off and became the first player from his club to win the National Gent's Intermediate Strokeplay championship.

Michael Vaughan (Inniskeen) returned 27 and finished runner-up for the second time in three years.

Frank O'Brien (Collins, Cork) took third place on the final 18 while Barry Gorey (CPM) lost out on the tiebreaker after scoring 52 in the final round.

John Byrne (Lucan) bogeyed the final hole, but he still won the National Junior Strokeplay championship by a single stroke ahead of Meath Strokeplay champion Stephen Behan (Laytown) on 175.

Glenville Club Captains John Carr and Eileen Cousins accepted a scroll from Pitch and Putt Union of Ireland President Mervyn Cooney in recognition of the club’s outstanding efforts in hosting the tournament.

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