Butler snatches Munster Strokeplay in sudden-death
Cathal Butler with the Munster Strokeplay Championship trophy. Picture Niall O'Shea. Courtesy Munster Golf/Cork Golf Club

Cathal Butler with the Munster Strokeplay Championship trophy. Picture Niall O'Shea. Courtesy Munster Golf/Cork Golf Club

Kinsale's Cathal Butler came from seven shots behind in the final round to tie with 54-hole lead Gary O'Flaherty and then beat him in sudden death to take the Munster Stroke Play Championship at Cork.

The former Irish Boys international, who broke his wrist eight months ago, was outside the top 10 on five over par after a third round 73. 

But the Paddy Harrington Scholarship student at Maynooth University scorched through the field with a closing 69 giving him the clubhouse lead on two over par 290.

O'Flaherty post a 71 in the morning to lead by two shots on two under 214 from fellow Cork clubman John Hickey with Joe Lyons third on 219.

But O'Flaherty posted a 76 in the afternoon and ended up in a playoff with Butler, who made a par-four at the second extra hole, the 17th, to win the title.

O'Flaherty missed the green right and failed to save par from 12 feet as Butler rolled his 10 foot birdie putt close and tapped in for victory.

Carlow's John Greene, who has been showing glimpses of his 2010 South of Ireland winning form in recent weeks, completed the podium with a closing 70 giving him third place, one stroke outside the playoff on three over 291. 

Cork GC Lady Captain Maeve Hickey presents Cathal Butler (Kinsale) with the Munster Strokeplay Championship, also included are Damien Wallace, Captain Cork GC and Liam Harkin, Munster Golf. Picture: Niall O'Shea. Courtesy Munster Golf/Cork Golf Club

Cork GC Lady Captain Maeve Hickey presents Cathal Butler (Kinsale) with the Munster Strokeplay Championship, also included are Damien Wallace, Captain Cork GC and Liam Harkin, Munster Golf. Picture: Niall O'Shea. Courtesy Munster Golf/Cork Golf Club

Munster Stroke Play Championship 2016, Cork Golf Club (Par 72)

Hole-by-hole scores

CSS R1 74,  CSS R2 74,  CSS R3 72, CSS R4 73

  • WINNER - Cathal Butler (Kinsale) at 2nd extra hole.
  • RUNNER UP – Gary O’Flaherty (Cork)
  • THIRD - John Greene (Portmarnock)
  • FOURTH – John Hickey (Cork)
  • FIFTH – Robbie Pierse (Grange)
  • SIXTH – Mark Shanahan (Castlemartyr)
  • SEVENTH – Andrew Mc Cormack (Castletroy)
  • EIGHT – Mark Ford (Cork)
  • CARR/BRUEN U25 – Cathal Butler (Kinsale) 
  • BEST NETT – Gard Ward (Kinsale)
  • 2ND NETT – Declan King (Tramore)

290 Cathal Butler (Kinsale) 75 73 73 69 (won with par 4 at 2nd extra hole, 17th), Gary O'Flaherty (Cork Golf Club) 73 70 71 76

291 John Greene (Portmarnock) 70 77 74 70

293 John Hickey (Cork Golf Club) 76 71 69 77, Robbie Pierse (Grange) 69 78 73 73

295 Mark Shanahan (Castlemartyr) 74 75 71 75, Andrew McCormack (Castletroy Golf Club) 74 73 73 75, Mark Ford (Cork Golf Club) 70 75 75 75

296 Cian Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown) 77 72 72 75, Gary Ward (Kinsale) 71 77 75 73

297 Pat Murray (Limerick Golf Club) 73 77 71 76, Joe Lyons (Galway Golf Club) 73 74 72 78

298 Daniel Brennan (Shannon) 77 76 70 75, Thomas Neenan (Lahinch Golf Club) 75 75 75 73, Jack Pierse (Portmarnock) 70 80 72 76

299 Declan King (Tramore Golf Club) 79 74 72 74, David Reddan (Nenagh Golf Club) 75 79 74 71, Gavin Young (Nenagh Golf Club) 72 77 71 79

300 Declan Reidy (Co. Sligo Golf Club) 77 76 75 72, Ian O'Flynn (Cork Golf Club) 77 73 78 72, Daniel Hallissey (Muskerry Golf Club) 75 74 75 76

301 Peter O' Keeffe (Douglas) 75 77 73 76

302 Richard Knightly (The Royal Dublin) 81 71 75 75, Stephen Healy (The Royal Dublin) 69 77 82 74

303 James Gerard Fox (Portmarnock) 74 79 78 72

305 Evan Farrell (Ardee) 80 70 72 83

306 Emmet Leahy (Thurles) 78 76 72 80

307 Shane McGlynn (Portmarnock) 76 78 77 76, Ronan O'Callaghan (Mannan Castle Golf Club) 76 76 77 78, Ian O'Rourke (The Royal Dublin) 72 78 78 79

308 Colum Kenny (Portmarnock) 79 74 75 80

309 Mark Healy (Kinsale) 74 78 80 77

310 Sean Barry (Fota Island Golf Club) 74 76 84 76, Declan McInerney (Lahinch Golf Club) 73 81 74 82

315 Cian Feeney (Co. Sligo Golf Club) 78 76 81 80  

NR Aaron Grant (Dundalk Golf Club) 72 78 75 NR, Ed Stack (Ballybunion Golf Club) 78 NR, Colin Woodroofe (Blainroe Golf Club) 79 NR, Billy McGarry (Nenagh Golf Club) NR, Steffan O'Hara (Co. Sligo Golf Club) NR,

WD Dean McMahon (Castletroy Golf Club) 80 73 WD, James Sugrue (Mallow Golf Club) 72 81 WD, Greg O'Mahony (Fota Island Golf Club) WD 239 Paul Flynn (Tramore Golf Club) 74 80 85

MISSED CUT

155 Mark Power (Kilkenny Golf Club) 80 75 , Alan Thomas (Dungarvan Golf Club) 75 80

156 Keith Crowley (Fota Island Golf Club) 81 75, Thomas O'Connor (Athlone Golf Club) 79 77, Ben Murray (Waterford Castle Golf Club) 77 79, Sean Desmond (Monkstown Golf Club) 76 80, Mark Collins (Killeen Castle) 75 81

157 Mark Morrissey (Mount Wolseley Golf Club) 81 76

158 Ted Collins (Dun Laoghaire Golf Club) 84 74, Nils Conway (Grange) 79 79, Paul Tobin (Cork Golf Club) 79 79, Shaun Carter (The Royal Dublin) 79 79, Dave O'Donovan (Muskerry Golf Club) 78 80, Shane Hogan (Nenagh Golf Club) 78 80

159 Eoghan O'Donovan (Craddockstown Golf Club) 79 80

160 Niall Gorey (Palmerstown Stud) 86 74, Gareth Mann (Tullamore Golf Club) 83 77, Jack Ryan (Castletroy Golf Club) 81 79, Thomas Hackett (The Royal Dublin) 79 81

161 Darragh Coghlan (Portmarnock) 83 78, David Brady (Co. Sligo Golf Club) 78 83

162 Stephen Brady (Galway Golf Club) 88 74, Barry Anderson (The Royal Dublin) 84 78, Cian O'Donnell (Castletroy Golf Club) 80 82, Philip Spratt (West Waterford Golf Club) 79 83, Ian Lynch (Rosslare Golf Club) 78 84

163 Mark O'Sullivan (-) 81 82, John O'Neill (Lee Valley Golf Club) 81 82, Tony O'Leary (Wexford Golf Club) 77 86

166 Ruairi O'Connor (Co. Sligo Golf Club) 85 81

171 Joseph O'Neill (Tralee Golf Club) 89 82