O'Connor win key as Presentation College Athenry wins Irish Senior Cup
James O'Connor (Presentation College, Athenry) driving at the 11th tee in the final of the 2016 Irish Schools Senior Championship final at Athlone. Picture by Pat Cashman

James O'Connor (Presentation College, Athenry) driving at the 11th tee in the final of the 2016 Irish Schools Senior Championship final at Athlone. Picture by Pat Cashman

James O'Connor was the hero as Presentation College Athenry claimed Irish Schools Senior Cup win a 3.5-1.5 win over Patrician Academy, Mallow in Athlone.

The Galway school beat  St Killian’s, Carnlough 3-2 in their semi-final as the Mallow students beat Scoil na mBraithre from Kilkenny 3-2 in the other.

Recently crowed Peter McEvoy Trophy winner Mark Power and his brother Kevin won their matches but wins for Chris Taylor, Eoin Aherne and Daniel O’Sullivan put Mallow into the final.

In the final, Presentation College were too strong with O’Connor’s 20th hole win over Eoin Aherne proving crucial.

Kevin McIntyre (President, Golfing Union of Ireland) presenting Eoin McGillicuddy (Captain) Presentation College, Athenry winners of the 2016 Irish Schools Senior Championship at Athlone Golf Club. At back (from left) James O'Connor, Jack Tuohy, Cillian Lawless, Jack Lally, Louis O'Hara and Eoin Lally. In front (from left) Declan Joyce and Eoin Lawless. Picture by Pat Cashman

Kevin McIntyre (President, Golfing Union of Ireland) presenting Eoin McGillicuddy (Captain) Presentation College, Athenry winners of the 2016 Irish Schools Senior Championship at Athlone Golf Club. At back (from left) James O'Connor, Jack Tuohy, Cillian Lawless, Jack Lally, Louis O'Hara and Eoin Lally. In front (from left) Declan Joyce and Eoin Lawless. Picture by Pat Cashman

Kevin McIntyre (President, Golfing Union of Ireland) with the runners-up Patrician Academy, Mallow. Back (from left) Ronan Feerick, Daniel O'Sullivan, Chris Taylor, Eoin Aherne, Jack Dillon, Liam Dowling and Conor Roche. In front (from left) Arthur Murphy (Team Captain), John Burns (Captain, Athlone Golf Club) and John Moloughney (Chairman, Munster Golf). Picture by Pat Cashman

Kevin McIntyre (President, Golfing Union of Ireland) with the runners-up Patrician Academy, Mallow. Back (from left) Ronan Feerick, Daniel O'Sullivan, Chris Taylor, Eoin Aherne, Jack Dillon, Liam Dowling and Conor Roche. In front (from left) Arthur Murphy (Team Captain), John Burns (Captain, Athlone Golf Club) and John Moloughney (Chairman, Munster Golf). Picture by Pat Cashman

Irish Schools Senior Cup Final, Athlone

FINAL

Patrician Academy, Mallow 1½ Presentation College, Athenry 3½

  • Conor Roche (Mallow) Lost to Louis O’Hara (Athenry) 3/2
  • Liam Dowling (Mallow) Lost to Jack Tuohy (Galway Bay) 2/1
  • Chris Taylor (Kanturk) bt Cillian Lawless (Athenry) 1 hole
  • Eoin Aherne (Mallow) Lost to James O’Connor (Athenry) 20th
  • Daniel O’Sullivan (Mallow) Halved with Jack Lally (Galway Bay) 

SEMI-FINALS

Presentation College, Athenry 3 St Killian’s, Carnlough 2

  • Louis O’Hara (Athenry) lost to Marc McKinstry (Cairndhu) 3/1
  • Jack Tuohy (Galway Bay) bt Fergus McCambridge (Cushendall) 1hole
  • Cillian Lawless (Athenry) Lost to David Burns (Cushendall) 3/2
  • James O’Connor (Athenry) bt Ronan McCambridge (Cushendall) 2/1
  • Jack Lally (Galway Bay) bt Christopher Guiller (Cairndhu) 4/3

Patrician Academy, Mallow 3 Scoil na mBraithre, Kilkenny 2

  • Conor Roche (Mallow) Lost to Mark Power (Kilkenny) 4/3
  • Liam Dowling (Mallow) Lost to Kevin Power (Kilkenny) 2/1
  • Chris Taylor (Kanturk) bt Jack Walsh (Kilkenny) 4/2
  • Eoin Aherne (Mallow) bt Mackenzie Davin (Gowran Park) 5/4
  • Daniel O’Sullivan (Mallow) bt Bobby O’Mahony (Kilkenny) 6/5