Gleeson takes nine at 18th, still wins Men's Intervarsity by five at The European Club
Irish Intervarsity Championship (left to right) Pat Ruddy (President The European Club), Albert Lee (GUI), John Ferriter (Chairman, Leinster Golf), Anne O'Sullivan (ILGU), ladies champion Jessica Ross (Queen's University), men's champion Alex Gleeson (UCD), Michael Connaughton (President GUI), Eddie Fallon (Captain, The European Club).

Irish Intervarsity Championship (left to right) Pat Ruddy (President The European Club), Albert Lee (GUI), John Ferriter (Chairman, Leinster Golf), Anne O'Sullivan (ILGU), ladies champion Jessica Ross (Queen's University), men's champion Alex Gleeson (UCD), Michael Connaughton (President GUI), Eddie Fallon (Captain, The European Club).

UCD’s Alex Gleeson took nine at the last and still completed an impressive wire-to-wire victory at the Irish Intervarsity Championship at the spectacular European Club links, writes the GUI.

So dominant was Gleeson, who shot opening rounds of 75 and 71, that he reached the 18th tee one under for his round and a whopping 10 shots clear of Maynooth University’s Sean Flanagan, his nearest rival to that point.

The 18th green at The European Club. Picture © cocopoppyhead

He fell foul of the challenges of the finishing hole, however, and smiled a wry smile as he finished with a nine, fully aware of the impossibility of blowing such a big lead but nonetheless delighted with his first Intervarsity title.

Flanagan’s 72 secured the silver medal, with his college mate Stuart Grehan finishing third.

Queens University’s Jessica Ross clinched the gold in the Ladies category, seven shots clear of Sinead Sexton with Maynooth University’s Shannen Burke in third.

Irish Intervarsity Championship, The European Club

Men

221 Alex Gleeson (UCD) 75 71 75

226 Sean Flanagan (Maynooth) 79 75 72

227 Stuart Grehan (Maynooth) 77 77 73

228 Jack Walsh (Maynooth) 79 74 75

233 Ted Collins (UCD) 77 79 77

236 Eoghan O' Donovan (Maynooth) 81 82 73, Jonathan Yates (UCD) 88 72 76, Ronan Mullarney (Maynooth) 87 73 76, Matthew McClean (Ulster) 79 79 78

237 Andrew McCormack (UL) 82 79 76

238 Alastair McQuillian (Ulster) 79 82 77, Stephen Kinch (Maynooth) 80 78 80

240 Peter Fleming (NUIG) 77 86 77, Alan Lowry (Maynooth) 88 75 77

241 Kyle McCarron (Maynooth) 85 81 75

242 Sean Walsh (Maynooth) 90 76 76, Colm Hughes (NUIG) 86 80 76

243 John Robinson (Ulster) 84 80 79, Jack Mc Donnell (Maynooth) 83 80 80

244 Darragh Flynn (Maynooth) 86 82 76, Ryan Gribben (Ulster) 86 81 77, Declan Loftus (Maynooth) 76 86 82

245 Neil McKinstry (Ulster) 80 90 75

174 Jack Ryan (UCD) 86 88

246 Eoin O'Hehir (DIT) 88 81 77

247 Gareth Mann (UCD) 89 82 76, Gavin Young (WIT) 87 83 77, Daragh Congdon (Mayooth) 88 80 79, Jake Whelan (Maynooth) 88 79 80

248 Kieran Lynch (Maynooth) 93 83 72, Alex Doyle (DIT) 84 85 79, Shane McGlynn (DCU) 82 86 80

249 Matthew McGowan (Maynooth) 92 81 76

250 Ben Murray (UCC) 93 78 79

166 Colin Woodroofe (Maynooth) 88 78

252 Iain Collins (NCI) 83 88 81

254 Cathal Nolan (NUIG) 88 87 79, Daniel O'Byrne (TCD) 89 82 83, Conor Stone (Maynooth) 86 82 86

255 Eoin O'Brien (Maynooth) 86 87 82, Ross Dutton (Ulster) 86 87 82

257 Niall O'Connor (Maynooth) 91 85 81, Cillian Byrne (DIT) 87 85 85

259 Declan Reidy (IT Sligo) 91 84 84, Andrew Stokes (TCD) 88 86 85

260 Craig Melvin (Maynooth) 93 85 82, Nicholas Armstrong (TCD) 86 87 87, Cian Kidney (UCC) 86 87 87

261 Marcus Looby (IADT) 93 86 82, Gerard Macnamara (Maynooth) 92 84 85

265 Darren O'Brien (UCC) 95 88 82

266 James Lindsay (Ulster) 86 91 89

268 Derek Power (WIT) 84 87 97

273 Jamie Cronin (UCC) 89 102 82, Liam Grehan (Maynooth) 101 85 87

274 Mark Mulvanney (IT Sligo) 95 94 85

284 Dylan O'Connor (WIT) 103 93 88


Ladies

236 Jessica Ross (QUB) 81 76 79

243 Sinead Sexton (Maynooth) 86 77 80

254 Shannon Burke (Maynooth) 97 81 76, Shannen Brown (Maynooth) 91 83 80

256 Carla Reynolds (Maynooth) 79 89 88

257 Laura Doherty (TCD) 94 79 84

259 Roisin Brady (Ulster) 88 86 85

276 Maeve Kelly (Maynooth) 96 88 92