Jockeys Charlie Swan and Kieren Fallon joined Dundrum’s Willie Crowe to take the top prize of the best overall score finishing on 52 points and narrowly beating the Highlifters team of Vincent O’Flaherty, Jim Tobin and Con Kelleher.
The winning team were presented with their prizes by Munster’s Anthony Foley and John Hartery, Chairman of the Munster Management Committee.
Now in its seventh year, the Classic returned to the magnificent setting of Dundrum House Hotel, and was run over two days, with financial support from Heineken, Polaris World (event sponsor) and the Irish Examiner (media sponsor).
On Thursday the OB Fire & Safety team of Michael O’Brien, Alan O’Shea and Robert Kidney finished in first place with a score of 51 points, followed by Great Stuff Caterers’ Robert Twohig (Muskerry), Noel Lynch (Frankfield) and Pat Wallace (Bandon) on 50 points.
The Radisson SAS Hotel Limerick team of Stephen Hanley, Eddie McGrath and Dominic Macken came in third on 49 points. The longest drive was won by Ron Lehane of Timberland, with his team mate Richard Deasy winning the Nearest the Pin competition on the 6th hole.
On Friday, with the Dundrum House Hotel team and Highlifters in a close finish on 52 points apiece, they were followed by the Mahers Sports team of Tom Maher, Niall Maher and S Birmingham on 50 points. In third place came 4Imprint on 49 points, followed by Mardyke Arena and South East Scaffolding. The longest drive was won by Bruce Wood of Premier Marketing Group, with Paul Moloney of adidas winning the Nearest the Pin competition.
All competitors were automatically entered into a draw for a trip for two to the Rugby Hall of Fame Golf Week at Sesimbra in Lisbon in Portugal (October 5th-12th), sponsored by Munster Sports Travel. Colm O’Brien who played on the Clarion Hotel team was the lucky dip winner.
All funds generated at the Munster Rugby Golf Classic will go towards the development of Youths Rugby in the province.
Thursday results: 1st: OB Fire & Safety- Michael O’Brien, Alan O’Shea, Robert Kidney (51 pts); 2nd: Great Stuff Caterers- Robert Twohig (Muskerry), Noel Lynch (Frankfield), Pat Wallace (Bandon) (50); 3rd: Radisson SAS Hotel Limerick- Stephen Hanley, Eddie McGrath, Dominic Macken (49); 4th: Timberland- Ron Lehane, Tim Deasy, Richard Deasy (49); 5th: Team McHugh- David McHugh, Alan Rowe, Eddie Walsh (49); 13th Hole (Longest Drive): Ron Lehane, Timberland; 6th Hole (Nearest the Pin): Richard Deasy, Timberland
Friday results: 1st: Highlifters (52), Vincent O’ Flaherty, Jim Tobin, Con Kelleher; 2nd: Mahers Sports (50)- Tom Maher, Niall Maher, S. Birmingham; 3rd: 4Imprint (49)- P. Morgan, Ian Keartland, Marc O’Neill; 4th: Mardyke Arena (49)- Patsy Ryan, Sean Ryan and Michael Crowley; 5th: South East Scaffolding (49)- Vincent Woodlock, Ollie Baker, Donal Ryan; Longest Drive: Bruce Wood (PMG); Nearest the Pin: Paul Moloney (Adidas)
Overall Best Card: Dundrum House Hotel- Willie Crowe, Charlie Swann, Kieran Fallon (52)