Munster pulled off a considerable surprise when they hammered host province Leinster 7½ to 3½ on the opening day of the Senior Interprovincial Championship at The Island yesterday.
Apart from a relatively minor touch of sea mist, the North Dublin links provided a superb challenge for the country’s leading amateur golfers and, on yesterday’s form, the destination of the title could well rest between Munster and the holders Ulster, who opened their defence in impressive fashion with a 7-4 win over Connacht.
Meanwhile, Munster confidence gained a massive boost and laid the foundations for their four point defeat of Leinster by claiming a 2½ to 1½ lead after the morning foursomes.
Gary Hurley from West Waterford and Corkman Ian O’Rourke got them off to the ideal start by winning the top match against local star Gavin Moynihan and Gary Collins and a second point was forthcoming for Munster as Geoff Lenehan and Pat Murray disposed of another home club member, Paul McBride, and Daniel Holland 4 and 3.
Teenager Robin Dawson, who lost narrowly to Chris Selfridge in the “North” final, and John Hickey did well to halve their match against Richard Bridges and Stuart Grehan. Leinster drew level when Moynihan got home at the 18th against Murray in the top single.
However, Munster were quickly and emphatically back in control as Hurley, Dawson, Gary O’Flaherty, Lenehan and Ian O’Rourke all had something to spare in their respective matches against McBride, Grehan, Collins, Holland and Bridges.
The only consolation for Leinster was a 17th green win for Robbie Cannon over Niall Gorey.
Kinsale youngster Cathal Butler made it a great day for Munster when he clinched a victory over Connacht by the narrowest of margins whenpipping Colm Hughes on the 18th in the Boys interpros.
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