McNamara wins South of Ireland

Teen sensation Cian McNamara produced two stunning extra time comebacks to win the Shell Ireland sponsored South of Ireland title at Lahinch.

Teen sensation Cian McNamara produced two stunning extra time comebacks to win the Shell Ireland sponsored South of Ireland title at Lahinch.

The Limerick ace, 18, beat big Greg Bowden of Hermitage at the 21st in the decider after seeing off Richard Kilpatrick at the 20th in the semi-finals.

It was the second sudden death reverse of the season for 22 year old Bowden, who lost to Paul McDonald at the fourth tie hole in the final of the West of Ireland championship at Easter.

Having beat Ballyclare’s Johnny Foster by one hole to take his place in the final, Bowden turned two up in the decider before McNamara hit back to level the match at the 17th.

They were still locked together at the end of the regulation 18 holes before McNamara finally took the title with a two-putt par four at the 21st where Bowden missed the green and failed to get up and down.

McNamara said: “I can’t believe that I have won. I thought I was beaten a couple of times. I couldn’t have done it without the huge support I got from the members of Limerick who turned out to cheer me on.”

In the morning, the Irish Boys international was three down at the turn to Kilpatrick but came home in an approximate 33 shots to force extra holes and then took the match with a birdie at the 20th.

Beaten at the 19th in the semi-finals of the North of Ireland championship earlier this month, it was a bitter blow to Kilpatrick who will surely retain his place on the Irish team for the Home Internationals in September.

FIRST ROUND

First Quarter

Eddie Power (Kilkenny) bt Alan Meskell (Tipperary) 6/5, Eamonn Haugh (Castletroy) bt Colin Clancy (Stackstown) 1H, Mark Rowe (Athone) bt Tony Brannock (Newlands) 20th, Thomas Neenan (Lahinch) bt Derek Downie (Sutton) 2/1, Keith O’Neill (Strandhill) bt Jack McCarthy (Charleville) 1H, Tom Baily (Little Hay) bt Mark Hammond (Moyola Park) 3/2, Joe Moore (Laytown & B’town) bt Thomas Walsh (Claremorris) 3/2, David Houlihan (The K Club) bt Brian Keenan (The Heath) 4/2, Stephen Adamson (The Royal Belfast) bt Donal Casey (Hermitage) 20th, Barrie O’Neill (Waterford) bt Simon Gallivan (Killarney) 3/1, Martin McTernan (Co.Sligo) bt Thomas Kearney (Ballyliffin) 3/2, Michael O’Kelly (Limerick) bt Kevin Leacy (Killarney) 20th, Jason Somers (Laytown & B’town) bt Alan Considine (Ennis) 1H, Michael Whelan (East Clare) bt Stephen Grant (Birr) 19th, William Burke (Nenagh) bt Dara Ford (Galway) 2/1, Patrick Collier (Lahinch) bt Chris Kendrick (Cahir Park) 20th

Second Quarter

Pat Dempsey (Headford) bt Jon Murray (Tipperary) 1H, Glaisne McKevitt (Greenore) bt Kevin Sheehy (Athlone) 5/4, Edmond Hayes (Charleville) bt Mark O’Brien (The Heath) 2/1, Mark Ford (Cork) bt Dave O’Donovan (Muskerry) 2/1, Declan O’Dwyer (Buxton & High Peak) bt Richard Guilfoyle (Kilkenny) 4/2, Darragh O’Sullivan (Limerick) bt James Fox (Portmarnock) 6/5, Cormac Finn (Douglas) bt Daragh Burke (Nenagh) 3/2, Paraic O’Rourke (Kilkenny) bt Hugh O’Leary (Muskerry) 7/5, Kieran Cunnane (Woodstock) bt Michael F Galvin (Limerick) 2/1, Joe Lyons (Galway) bt Michael Power (Moate) 2/1, Gerry O’Sullivan (Lahinch) bt Peter Sheehan (Castletroy) 1 H, Tony Cleary (East Clare) bt Dara Kealy (Ballinasloe) 7/6, Noel Pyne (Ennis) bt Donal Williams (Dungarvan) 5/4, Kieran Carey (Charleville) bt Mark Butler (Athlone) 4/2, Ger Hall (Edenderry) bt Jason Skerritt (Spanish Point) 5/4, James Barton (Ballinasloe) bt Bjorn Minnie (Port Elizabeth RSA) 19th

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