Cool cat O'Hanlon claims wire-to-wire "East" win on return to amateur fold
Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) winner of the CityNorth Hotel sponsored East of Ireland Championship at County Louth. Picture by Pat Cashman

Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) winner of the CityNorth Hotel sponsored East of Ireland Championship at County Louth. Picture by Pat Cashman

There were magnificent final day performances from the likes of Robbie Cannon and Stuart Bleakley, Irish Close champ Tiarnan McLarnon and Jordan Hood.

But not even Gerard Dunne, roared on by the Baltray faithful to make an eagle and 10 birdies in the last two rounds, could lay a glove on wire-to-wire champion, Paul O’Hanlon.

The closest Dunne got to the winner of the CityNorth Hotel sponsored East of Ireland was one stroke and that was at the 72nd hole, where the 31-year old from Carton House could afford to two putt from no more than six feet for a par five, a closing 73 and a 11 under par winning total of 277.

The record books will show that Dunne mounted a charge down the stretch on one of those sun-splashed days that will grow warmer with the passing of the years.

Bereft of wind and lacking in the traditionally savage rough that destroys a man’s will to go on, County Louth was all but defenceless for three days and yet firm greens kept the scoring in check.

O’Hanlon’s opening 65 the best round of the championship and the foundation of a win that owed as much to the skill that made him an Irish Close and Willie Gill Award winner in 2008 as it did to the experience he gained during the short professional career that followed.

After a week marked by the absence of the top-10 Irish players in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for the clashing St Andrews Links Trophy won by Naas’ Conor O’Rourke, it was ironic that the title went to the 31-year old from Carton House in his first start since regaining his amateur status 18 months ago.

No run of the mill amateur before he disappeared into mini tour oblivion from 2009 to 2012 — O’Hanlon lost to Rory McIlroy in the final of the “West” in 2006 but bounced back to win the 2007 Mullingar Scratch Trophy and the Irish Close in 2008 — O'Hanlon led by four strokes heading into Monday’s final 36 holes and played them in two under par to emerge the victor.

The Kildare native’s vast experience proved crucial in the end, even if 28-year old Dunne made up five shots over the last seven holes as he added a 68 to his morning 71 to finish second on 10 under par 278.

Kevin McIntyre (President, Golfing Union of Ireland) presenting Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) with the City North Hotel sponsored East of Ireland Championship trophy. Also in the picture (from left) John Ferriter (Chairman, Leinster Golf, GUI), Frank Gannon (Captain, Co Louth Golf Club) and Peter Byrne (City North Hotel). Picture by Pat Cashman

Kevin McIntyre (President, Golfing Union of Ireland) presenting Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) with the City North Hotel sponsored East of Ireland Championship trophy. Also in the picture (from left) John Ferriter (Chairman, Leinster Golf, GUI), Frank Gannon (Captain, Co Louth Golf Club) and Peter Byrne (City North Hotel). Picture by Pat Cashman

O’Hanlon was four ahead with four holes to go having sandwiched a birdie at the 13th between bogeys at the 12th and 14th. 

But when his lead was slashed to two as he bogeyed the 16th and Dunne drained a 35 footer for birdie to a huge local roar, he didn’t panic.

After making a safe par at the 17th to remain two ahead, he took a leaf out of his former international team mate Simon Ward’s playbook and played left of the bunkers at the 18th and used the putter from 10 yards short of the green to set up a winning par five for what felt like the sweetest of all is amateur wins.

“This is better,” said O’Hanlon, who is training as an accountant after the sums failed to add up on the mini tour circuit. 

"I am working full time now so it feels like one against the head. It’s come out of nowhere. It’s bizarre.”

It was, he said, his professional career as much as his amateur experience that made the difference under pressure.

“I think when you’re playing for your livelihood, it’s somewhat easier because you’ve banked a lot of situations and you’re sort of saying to yourself, ‘I’ve faced this before and I’ve come through it’,” he said of his safety first par at the 18th.

Robbie Cannon (Balbriggan) driving at the 2nd during the final round. Picture by Pat Cashman

“When you have played for a few quid, you know you have to get the flat stick out and nudge it up to six feet out as opposed to trying to play something real fancy.”

Formerly of the Curragh, O’Hanlon had extended his lead to five shots at lunch, rolling in his fifth birdie of the day from eight feet at the ninth (he began on the 10th) for a controlled 69 to lead on 12 under par from former South of Ireland winner Bleakley from Shandon Park, who would eventually shoot rounds of 67 and 70 to finish two shots behind in third alongside Balbriggan’s Cannon, who had three eagles and four birdies as he went 67-69 on the final day.

O’Hanlon bunkered his tee shot at the first and made a double bogey six as Bleakley birdied the second and third to get within one and Cannon eagled the second to close to within two.

The Kildare man was blissfully unaware of any of that however due to the absence of any on-course leaderboards and the fact that had he looked at his phone, he’d have been done for slow play waiting for updates to the mobile scoring.

The key to his win arguably came at the second, when carved his tee shot 60 yards right into deep rough and did well to scramble a par five to match his scrambled senses.

Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) playing from the rough during the final round. Picture by Pat Cashman

Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) playing from the rough during the final round. Picture by Pat Cashman

“It was an awful start,” he confessed of his opening double. “It was just a mix of tiredness and concentration. I stood up and wasn’t really concentrating on the shot and pulled it slightly intothe one spot you can’t miss it. 

“Suddenly, your head is scrambling. The second (hole) probably won me the tournament because i hit an awful tee shot, 60 yards right. If the rough was like most years, you’d be doing well to find it.  It wasn’t a shank, it was just a proper wipe. I said to myself, my head is scrambled, I need to make a par here. I have to.

“I didn’t hit it great layup, in the semi on the wrong side and the pin is back left. Not a whole lot was going my way and I have a jumper lie. I haven’t a clue what the distance is going to be so I say to myself, I have to miss it right somewhere, at least then I have a chance to get it up and down. 

“I hit a decent shot, leaked right, miss it and I don’t have too hard of a chip. If i get this up and down it is not completely a disaster, and I hit a good putt, a five footer.”

Settled by that, O’Hanlon played well from there, missing an eight footer for birdie at the third before going to school on Jack Pierse’s birdie miss at the fourth, where his 18 footer crept in the right half, putting him two ahead of Bleakley again.

Pierse, a Grange man playing out of Portmarnock as a student, shot 74 in the morning to fade from the picture and eventually finished 12th on three under after a closing 72 that did little justice to the quality of his game.

Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) holes his par putt on the 17th green during the final round of the CityNorth Hotel sponsored East of Ireland Championship at County Louth Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) holes his par putt on the 17th green during the final round of the CityNorth Hotel sponsored East of Ireland Championship at County Louth Golf Club. Picture by Pat Cashman

Dunne, meanwhile, missed greens at the fourth and fifth, dropping shots to fall back to four under, seven behindleader O’Hanlon who ran a slick 18 footer five feet past at the fifth but calmly stroked home the par putt to remain two ahead on 11 under.

When he lobbed a wedge close from just below the green at the sixth to get back to level for the day and then parred the seventh which he’d bogeyed in rounds two and three, O’Hanlon was three ahead and looking strong at 12 under par.

When he birdied the ninth, holing a 20 footer from the swale at the back of the green to go four ahead, he gave two rapid fist pumps.

“I just hit a freak shot,” he said of a drive that left him only 60 yards to the pin. “The two lads were 10 yards outside me all day. So the tee shot must have gone 350 yards. 

“I though I had hit a decent pitch shot but went over the back. But when that putt went in, I started thinking to myself, this might actually happen. When stuff like that starts to happen you can’t think it is meant to be.  But in the back of your head, you start to ask yourself, ’Is this going to be my day?’”

Pars at the 10th and 11th where he had to hole putts of three and six feet, were huge and while was unaware that Bleakley had bogeyed the 11th and 13th to fall back to seven under, or that Cannon had reached eight under with five holes to go, he became vaguely aware that Dunne was doing something to keep the big County Louth gallery interested.

With 1984 champion Barry Reddan an attentive and expert caddie, Dunne quietly birdied the sixth, seventh, ninth and 10th to get within five shots at eight under par.

“You’re not really concentrating on him (Dunne) as such,” O’Hanlon said as he remained five ahead coming down the back nine.  “I was delighted he was in the last group because you’re guaranteed you’re going to see a couple of people. And the crowd that came it just started to swell after nine.

Crowds watching the action during the final round. Picture by Pat Cashman

Crowds watching the action during the final round. Picture by Pat Cashman

“Then he started to play well so there was a lot of electricity going around. I wasn’t keeping an eye on his score because I just wasn’t sure of the scoring and then all of a sudden the cheers are getting louder. I think I did a computation in my head and he’s three or four under. This is game on.

“It was a very partisan crowd alright but at the same time it was great because it’s nice to play in front of 500 people because that’s what you play golf for at this level. It’s great to try and play in front of people and have them clap for a good shot.”

O’Hanlon’s par save at the 11th coincided with a Dunne bogey and had the roles been reversed, things might have been different.

While O’Hanlon bogeyed the 12th, finding rough short right, he matched Dunne’s birdie at the 13th to remain five ahead.

Things started to become interesting at the 14th, where Dunne pumped his tee shot and a provisional ball into the right rough but made a two putt par as O’Hanlon bogeyed from a similar position, hitting his second through the green before knocking his third 25 feet past.

When the Kildare man parred the 15th to remain four in front, he asked his caddie how he stood as they walked up the 16th fairway believing he three ahead when in fact, he had a four-shot lead.

“I only asked [my caddie] Richie [Whelan] on the 16th fairway and he said he wasn’t surebut he thought I was four up. I thought I was three. So I just had three in my head. I have three shots. If you don’t do anything too destructive, he has to come at you. And then he just rolls one in from 35 feet and I am like, fair play. That’s just balls.

O’Hanlon went through the green by a foot at the 16th and over hit a deft chip with a fairway wood, leaving himself 15 feet for par. 

Dunne had a 35 footer for birdie to get within three and after absorbing copious instructions about the line from his septuagenarian caddie, he hit a perfect putt that climbed left to right and dropped to a massive roar.
O’Hanlon added to their glee by leaving his par putt on the right lip. Bogey, The lead was down to two and yet the Kildare man did not appear overly concerned.

“At that stage, I was thinking, this is matchplay now.”

Gerard Dunne (Co Louth) reacts as he misses his birdie putt on the 15th green during the final round. Picture by Pat Cashman

Gerard Dunne (Co Louth) reacts as he misses his birdie putt on the 15th green during the final round. Picture by Pat Cashman

News filtered through as they left the 16th green that Cannon had eagled the 18th — he hit a five iron from 274 yards that ran up to 15 feet and holed the putt — to join Dunne at nine under and set a target that Bleakley would match.

After fine two putt pars from 50 feet on the 17th, O’Hanlon headed to the 18th with a two-stroke lead over Dunne on 11 under par.

The local man went for a big drive but carved it well right and was relieved to get the OK signal that it had come up short of the hedge and out of bounds.

After Pierse had hit, O’Hanlon set up with his driver, then re-teed his ball and fired his drive just a yard left of the bunkers on the left.

“Basically it was pure experience,” he said of his par five to finish. “A good friend of mine, Simon Ward, his strategy on 18 was to hit out at the bunkers on 18 as hard as you can and hopefully it goes one way or the other. This time it went left. There wasn’t much science to it. 

“I hit a very average shot up and then left myself with a shot that when you have played for a few quid, you know you have to get the flat stick and nudged it up to six feet out as opposed to trying to play something real fancy.”

Dunne had some 90 yards for his third after a lay up and his a gorgeously judged approach to around five feet.

Faced with around 40 feet to the hole from 10 yards off the green, O’Hanlon went for the Texas wedge, putted up to six feet and missed for birdie. 

Dunne duly rapped in his birdie putt for a deserved runner up finish leaving the stage to O’Hanlon, who may yet force his way back into the irish team.

He has few regrets about turning professional other than the timing.

Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) celebrates with his caddy Richie Whelan on the 18th green after his victory in the CityNorth Hotel sponsored East of Ireland Championship. Picture by Pat Cashman

Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) celebrates with his caddy Richie Whelan on the 18th green after his victory in the CityNorth Hotel sponsored East of Ireland Championship. Picture by Pat Cashman

“That’s probably why I won today because I’ve a bit of experience playing as a pro,” he said. “I probably didn’t turn pro at the best time because it was deep in the recession and we had no Challenge Tour event in Ireland at the time so that wasn’t great but Jesus I had some good experiences as well.”

As for the future and the possibility of getting an international call up,eight year after he won the Home Internationals and the European Team Championship, he said: ”’ll have to talk to work. Grant Thornton have been very good to me in terms of golf. If the powers that be give me the nod I’d say it mightn’t be too hard to convince them. But I’ve exams in two weeks.”

Given the level of competition for places in the Irish team, a recall is still very much a long shot but should he perform in the two remaining events he’s got planned, the South of Ireland at Lahinch and the Mullingar Scratch Trophy, he may well force the selectors to look seriously at him.

“It would be great (to wear a green jersey again),” he said. “I harboured no ambitions of doing that at the start of the week. This is bonus territory. I’m only going to play two more tournaments this year and that’s it. It’s up to them [the Irish selectors], if they think I’ve played well enough in the three, to give me the nod.”

Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) pictured with Peter Byrne (City North Hotel) after his victory at the City North Hotel sponsored East of Ireland Championship at County Louth Golf Club today (06/06/2016). Picture by Pat Cashman

Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) pictured with Peter Byrne (City North Hotel) after his victory at the City North Hotel sponsored East of Ireland Championship at County Louth Golf Club today (06/06/2016). Picture by Pat Cashman

East of Ireland 2016

Co. Louth Golf Club Par (72) sponsored by CityNorth Hotel, June 4-6

Detailed scoreboard

Final

277 Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) 65 70 69 73

278 Gerard Dunne (Co. Louth) 67 72 71 68

279 Robert Cannon (Balbriggan) 75 68 67 69, Stuart Bleakley (Shandon Park) 72 70 67 70

281 Jordan Hood (Galgorm Castle) 73 72 66 70, Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene) 70 73 71 67

283 Evan Farrell (Ardee) 72 74 67 70

284 Ian O'Rourke (The Royal Dublin) 74 70 69 71, Keith Egan (Carton House) 73 70 70 71, Ronan Mullarney (Galway Golf Club) 72 70 73 69

285 Noel Anderson (South Africa) 72 69 72 72, Jack Pierse (Portmarnock) 71 68 74 72

286 Paul Coughlan (Moate) 75 71 69 71, Gary McDermott (Carton House) 70 71 71 74

287 Alan Lowry (Esker Hills) 73 72 69 73, Cathal Nolan (Galway Golf Club) 72 71 72 72, Stephen Coulter (Warrenpoint) 70 74 73 70, Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) 70 73 71 73, Aaron Grant (Dundalk) 69 77 71 70

288 David Foy (Laytown & Bettystown) 73 72 72 71

289 Kevin Stack (Dungarvan) 73 73 71 72, Nicky Grant (Shandon Park) 72 71 77 69, Eugene Smith (Ardee) 71 73 73 72, Rowan Lester (Hermitage) 71 73 69 76

290 Eoin Arthurs (Forrest Little.) 73 73 71 73, Jim Carvill (Banbridge) 71 74 69 76, William Russell (Clandeboye) 71 73 74 72

291 Paul McCarthy (Mallow) 75 70 70 76, Ross Steedman (Courtown) 74 72 76 69, John Hickey (Cork Golf Club) 71 73 72 75, Pat Murray (Limerick Golf Club) 71 72 73 75

292 Cathal Butler (Kinsale) 74 71 77 70, Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock) 73 72 77 70, Gareth Lappin (Belvoir Park) 71 70 77 74, Kyle McCarron (North West) 70 76 76 70, Stephen Watts (Cairndhu) 70 76 71 75

293 Daniel Brennan (Shannon) 76 68 75 74, Thomas Mulligan (Co. Louth) 75 70 74 74, Eoin O'Connor (Elm Park) 73 73 71 76, Colin Woodroofe (Blainroe Golf Club) 71 71 75 76

294 Mark Morrissey (Mount Wolseley) 73 73 76 72, Theo Coffey (Slieve Russell) 70 71 73 80

295 Dwayne Mallon (Dungannon Golf Club) 73 72 77 73

297 Tony O'Leary (Wexford) 75 70 73 79, Stephen Healy (The Royal Dublin) 72 71 76 78

298 Dylan Brophy (Castleknock) 73 71 72 82, Alec Myles (Newlands) 72 73 73 80

299 Alan Dowling (Hermitage) 71 75 79 74

301 Jonathan Gourley (Shandon Park) 72 72 80 77

 

After 54 holes

204 Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) 65 70 69

209 Stuart Bleakley (Shandon Park) 72 70 67

210 Robert Cannon (Balbriggan) 75 68 67, Gerard Dunne (Co. Louth) 67 72 71

211 Jordan Hood (Galgorm Castle) 73 72 66

212 Gary McDermott (Carton House) 70 71 71

213 Ian O'Rourke (The Royal Dublin) 74 70 69, Keith Egan (Carton House) 73 70 70, Evan Farrell (Ardee) 72 74 67, Noel Anderson (South Africa) 72 69 72, Rowan Lester (Hermitage) 71 73 69, Jack Pierse (Portmarnock) 71 68 74

214 Alan Lowry (Esker Hills) 73 72 69, Jim Carvill (Banbridge) 71 74 69, Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene) 70 73 71, Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) 70 73 71, Theo Coffey (Slieve Russell) 70 71 73

215 Paul Coughlan (Moate) 75 71 69, Paul McCarthy (Mallow) 75 70 70, Cathal Nolan (Galway Golf Club) 72 71 72, Ronan Mullarney (Galway Golf Club) 72 70 73

216 Dylan Brophy (Castleknock) 73 71 72, John Hickey (Cork Golf Club) 71 73 72, Pat Murray (Limerick Golf Club) 71 72 73

217 Kevin Stack (Dungarvan) 73 73 71, Eoin O'Connor (Elm Park) 73 73 71, Eoin Arthurs (Forrest Little.) 73 73 71, David Foy (Laytown & Bettystown) 73 72 72, Eugene Smith (Ardee) 71 73 73, Colin Woodroofe (Blainroe Golf Club) 71 71 75, Stephen Watts (Cairndhu) 70 76 71, Stephen Coulter (Warrenpoint) 70 74 73, Aaron Grant (Dundalk) 69 77 71

218 Tony O'Leary (Wexford) 75 70 73, Alec Myles (Newlands) 72 73 73, William Russell (Clandeboye) 71 73 74, Gareth Lappin (Belvoir Park) 71 70 77 

219 Daniel Brennan (Shannon) 76 68 75, Thomas Mulligan (Co. Louth) 75 70 74, Stephen Healy (The Royal Dublin) 72 71 76 

220 Nicky Grant (Shandon Park) 72 71 77 

222 Ross Steedman (Courtown) 74 72 76, Cathal Butler (Kinsale) 74 71 77, Mark Morrissey (Mount Wolseley) 73 73 76, Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock) 73 72 77, Dwayne Mallon (Dungannon Golf Club) 73 72 77, Kyle McCarron (North West) 70 76 76 

224 Jonathan Gourley (Shandon Park) 72 72 80

225 Alan Dowling (Hermitage) 71 75 79. 

 

After 36 holes

Qualifiers:

135 Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House) 65 70

139 Jack Pierse (Portmarnock) 71 68,  Gerard Dunne (Co. Louth) 67 72

141 Noel Anderson (South Africa) 72 69,  Gareth Lappin (Belvoir Park) 71 70,  Theo Coffey (Slieve Russell) 70 71,  Gary McDermott (Carton House) 70 71

142 Ronan Mullarney (Galway Golf Club) 72 70,  Stuart Bleakley (Shandon Park) 72 70,  Colin Woodroofe (Blainroe) 71 71

143 Robert Cannon (Balbriggan) 75 68,  Keith Egan (Carton House) 73 70,  Stephen Healy (The Royal Dublin) 72 71,  Nicky Grant (Shandon Park) 72 71,  Cathal Nolan (Galway Golf Club) 72 71,  Pat Murray (Limerick Golf Club) 71 72,  Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) 70 73,  Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene) 70 73

144 Daniel Brennan (Shannon) 76 68,  Ian O'Rourke (The Royal Dublin) 74 70,  Dylan Brophy (Castleknock) 73 71,  Jonathan Gourley (Shandon Park) 72 72,  Eugene Smith (Ardee) 71 73,  William Russell (Clandeboye) 71 73,  Rowan Lester (Hermitage) 71 73,  John Hickey (Cork Golf Club) 71 73,  Stephen Coulter (Warrenpoint) 70 74

145 Paul McCarthy (Mallow) 75 70,  Thomas Mulligan (Co. Louth) 75 70,  Tony O'Leary (Wexford) 75 70,  Cathal Butler (Kinsale) 74 71,  Alan Lowry (Esker Hills) 73 72,  David Foy (Laytown & Bettystown) 73 72,  Dwayne Mallon (Dungannon Golf Club) 73 72,  Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock) 73 72,  Jordan Hood (Galgorm Castle) 73 72,  Alec Myles (Newlands) 72 73,  Jim Carvill (Banbridge) 71 74

146 Paul Coughlan (Moate) 75 71,  Ross Steedman (Courtown) 74 72,  Mark Morrissey (Mount Wolseley) 73 73,  Eoin Arthurs (Forrest Little.) 73 73,  Eoin O'Connor (Elm Park) 73 73,  Kevin Stack (Dungarvan) 73 73,  Evan Farrell (Ardee) 72 74,  Alan Dowling (Hermitage) 71 75,  Stephen Watts (Cairndhu) 70 76,  Kyle McCarron (North West) 70 76, Aaron Grant (Dundalk) 69 77 

Non Qualifiers:

147 Gary Ward (Kinsale) 78 69, Stephen Kinch (Hollystown) 75 72,  Fergal Kennedy (The Island) 74 73,  Stephen Walsh (Portmarnock) 74 73,  Shaun Carter (The Royal Dublin) 74 73, Rory Williamson (Holywood Golf Club) 74 73,  Mark Collins (Killeen Castle) 73 74,  Steffan O'Hara (Co. Sligo) 72 75,  Fergal O'Sullivan (Tralee Golf Club) 72 75,  James Sugrue (Mallow) 72 75,  Declan Reidy (Co. Sligo) 72 75,  Andrew McCormack (Castletroy Golf Club) 71 76,  Sean Ryan (The Royal Dublin) 71 76,  Paul Reavey (Warrenpoint) 71 76,  Jamie Sutherland (Galgorm Castle) 71 76,  Liam Grehan (Mullingar) 70 77,  Ben Best (Rathmore) 70 77

148 Daniel Holland (Castle) 76 72,  Seamus Cullen (Slieve Russell) 76 72,  Rob Brazill (Naas) 76 72,  Michael Ryan (New Ross Golf Club) 75 73,  Shane McGlynn (Portmarnock) 75 73,  Jack Ryan (Castletroy Golf Club) 75 73,  Ryan Symington (Lisburn) 75 73,  Adam Doran (Ardee) 75 73,  Harry Duggan (Kilkenny Golf Club) 74 74,  Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little.) 74 74,  Ted Collins (Dun Laoghaire) 74 74,  Michael Sinclair (Knock) 73 75,  Jamie Fletcher (Warrenpoint) 73 75,  Neil McKinstry (Cairndhu) 73 75,  Richard Knightly (The Royal Dublin) 72 76,  Alexander Wilson (Portmarnock) 72 76,  Gavin Smyth (Clonmel Golf Club) 70 78

149 Robert Neville (The Links Portmarnock) 81 68,  John Greene (Portmarnock) 77 72,  Gary Collins (Rosslare) 77 72,  Michael Reid (Galgorm Castle) 76 73,  Peter McKeever (Castle) 76 73,  Gary McGrane (The Royal Dublin) 75 74,  Ryan Berkeley (Dun Laoghaire) 75 74,  Peter Kirby (Dun Laoghaire) 74 75,  Marc Nolan (Delgany) 73 76,  Darragh Coghlan (Portmarnock) 73 76,  Roy Connolly (Carton House) 72 77,  Sean Flanagan (Co. Sligo) 72 77

150 John McGinn (Laytown & Bettystown) 78 72,  Padhraic O'Brien (Co. Louth) 75 75,  Jake Whelan (Newlands) 75 75,  Nils Conway (Grange) 75 75,  David Reddan (Nenagh) 75 75,  Aaron Kearney (Castlerock Golf Club) 74 76,  Brian Doran (Baltinglass Golf Club) 73 77,  Gareth Bohill (Co. Louth) 73 77

151 Thomas Nolan (Galway Golf Club) 80 71,  Owen O'Brien (Limerick Golf Club) 76 75,  Paul Behan (St. Anne's) 76 75,  Stefan Greenberg (Tandragee Golf Club) 75 76,  John Conroy (Bray) 75 76,  Noel Crawford (Mourne) 74 77,  Cian Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown) 74 77,  Conor Ryan (Dun Laoghaire) 74 77,  Gavin Fitzmaurice (Balcarrick) 73 78

152 Robbie Pierse (Grange) 82 70,  Peter Kane (Ashbourne) 78 74,  Mark Shanahan (Castlemartyr) 76 76,  Robert Farrell (New Ross Golf Club) 76 76,  Eddie McCormack (Galway Bay Golf Club) 75 77,  Colm Crowley (Woodbrook) 74 78

153 Thomas O'Connor (Athlone) 81 72,  Joe Lyons (Galway Golf Club) 78 75,  Mark Mullen (Rosslare) 77 76,  Declan O'Neill (Carton House) 77 76,  Shaun O'Connor (Luttrellstown Castle) 77 76,  Sean Moran (Co. Meath Golf Club) 75 78,  Gavin Young (Nenagh) 75 78

154 Michael Buggy (Castlecomer Golf Club) 81 73,  Mark MacGrath (Limerick Golf Club) 81 73,  Jack Doherty (Carton House) 80 74,  Stephen Brady (Galway Golf Club) 78 76,  Eanna Griffin (Waterford) 77 77,  Christopher O'Connor (Corrstown) 76 78,  William Hanna (Kilkeel) 72 82

155 Brian Kelly (Spain) 84 71,  Bryan McSweeney (The Royal Dublin) 79 76,  Keith Murphy (Charlesland) 79 76,  Conor McCaughey (Dungannon Golf Club) 78 77,  Christopher Moulds (Lisburn) 77 78

156 Quentin Carew (Edenderry) 82 74

157 Cameron Raymond (Newlands) 79 78,  Martin O'Toole (Lucan) 79 78,  Sean Broe (Forrest Little.) 79 78,  Matthew Grehan (Tullamore) 78 79

158 Luke Donnelly (Kilkenny Golf Club) 83 75,  Craig Bolger (Carlow Golf Club) 83 75,  Thomas Hackett (The Royal Dublin) 81 77,  Michael Brett (Portmarnock) 80 78,  Darragh Crawford (Bundoran Golf Club) 78 80

160 Gavin McKenna (Fortwilliam) 82 78

161 Gareth Carr (Mullingar) 85 76

162 Caolan Kennedy (Forrest Little.) 78 84

163 Matt McKnight (USA) 84 79

167 John McCarthy (Stackstown) 82 85

WD/DQ Niall Foley (The Island) 73 DQ,  James Fox (Portmarnock) 77 WD,  Cian Dullaghan (Greenore Golf Club) 81 WD,  Ross Dutton (Tandragee Golf Club) WD WD DQ Niall Foley (The Island).

 

Round one

65 Paul O'Hanlon (Carton House)

67 Gerard Dunne (Co. Louth)

69 Aaron Grant (Dundalk)

70 Tiarnan McLarnon (Massereene), Ben Best (Rathmore), Gavin Smyth (Clonmel), Stephen Coulter (Warrenpoint), Kyle McCarron (North West), Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk), Gary McDermott (Carton House), Stephen Watts (Cairndhu), Liam Grehan (Mullingar), Theo Coffey (Slieve Russell)

71 William Russell (Clandeboye), Jamie Sutherland (Galgorm Castle), Andrew McCormack (Castletroy), Colin Woodroofe (Blainroe), Paul Reavey (Warrenpoint), Pat Murray (Limerick), Jack Pierse (Portmarnock), Sean Ryan (The Royal Dublin), Rowan Lester (Hermitage), Gareth Lappin (Belvoir Park), Jim Carvill (Banbridge), John Hickey (Cork), Eugene Smith (Ardee), Alan Dowling (Hermitage)

72 Evan Farrell (Ardee), Roy Connolly (Carton House), Stephen Healy (The Royal Dublin), Richard Knightly (The Royal Dublin), William Hanna (Kilkeel), Sean Flanagan (Co. Sligo), Noel Anderson (South Africa), Jonathan Gourley (Shandon Park), Stuart Bleakley (Shandon Park), Fergal O'Sullivan (Tralee), Steffan O'Hara (Co. Sligo), Ronan Mullarney (Galway), Alexander Wilson (Portmarnock), Cathal Nolan (Galway), James Sugrue (Mallow), Alec Myles (Newlands), Nicky Grant (Shandon Park), Declan Reidy (Co. Sligo)

73 Dylan Brophy (Castleknock), Marc Nolan (Delgany), Gavin Fitzmaurice (Balcarrick), Kevin Stack (Dungarvan), Dwayne Mallon (Dungannon), Mark Morrissey (Mount Wolseley), David Foy (Laytown & Bettystown), Jamie Fletcher (Warrenpoint), Mark Collins (Killeen Castle), Michael Sinclair (Knock), Gareth Bohill (Co. Louth), Alan Lowry (Esker Hills), Jordan Hood (Galgorm Castle), Eoin O'Connor (Elm Park), Geoff Lenehan (Portmarnock), Eoin Arthurs (Forrest Little), Brian Doran (Baltinglass), Niall Foley (The Island), Keith Egan (Carton House), Neil McKinstry (Cairndhu), Darragh Coghlan (Portmarnock)

74 Fergal Kennedy (The Island), Noel Crawford (Mourne), Ross Steedman (Courtown), Shaun Carter (The Royal Dublin), Cathal Butler (Kinsale), Colm Crowley (Woodbrook), Ted Collins (Dun Laoghaire), Cian Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown), Harry Duggan (Kilkenny), Ian O'Rourke (The Royal Dublin), Peter Kirby (Dun Laoghaire), Stephen Walsh (Portmarnock), Aaron Kearney (Castlerock), Jack McDonnell (Forrest Little), Rory Williamson (Holywood), Conor Ryan (Dun Laoghaire)

75 David Reddan (Nenagh), Ryan Symington (Lisburn), Michael Ryan (New Ross), Stephen Kinch (Hollystown), Stefan Greenberg (Tandragee), Tony O'Leary (Wexford), Gavin Young (Nenagh), Shane McGlynn (Portmarnock), Nils Conway (Grange), Padhraic O'Brien (Co. Louth), Paul McCarthy (Mallow), Eddie McCormack (Galway Bay), Robert Cannon (Balbriggan), Paul Coughlan (Moate), Jake Whelan (Newlands), Thomas Mulligan (Co. Louth), Jack Ryan (Castletroy), Ryan Berkeley (Dun Laoghaire), John Conroy (Bray), Adam Doran (Ardee), Gary McGrane (The Royal Dublin), Sean Moran (Co. Meath)

76 Christopher O'Connor (Corrstown), Seamus Cullen (Slieve Russell), Robert Farrell (New Ross), Peter McKeever (Castle), Daniel Brennan (Shannon), Paul Behan (St. Anne's), Owen O'Brien (Limerick), Mark Shanahan (Castlemartyr), Rob Brazill (Naas), Michael Reid (Galgorm Castle), Daniel Holland (Castle)

77 John Greene (Portmarnock), Christopher Moulds (Lisburn), Gary Collins (Rosslare), James Fox (Portmarnock), Shaun O'Connor (Luttrellstown Castle), Mark Mullen (Rosslare), Declan O'Neill (Carton House), Eanna Griffin (Waterford)

78 Conor McCaughey (Dungannon), Peter Kane (Ashbourne), Darragh Crawford (Bundoran), Matthew Grehan (Tullamore), Joe Lyons (Galway), Stephen Brady (Galway), Caolan Kennedy (Forrest Little), Gary Ward (Kinsale), John McGinn (Laytown & Bettystown)

79 Bryan McSweeney (The Royal Dublin), Keith Murphy (Charlesland), Cameron Raymond (Newlands), Martin O'Toole (Lucan), Sean Broe (Forrest Little)

80 Jack Doherty (Carton House), Michael Brett (Portmarnock), Thomas Nolan (Galway)

81 Thomas O'Connor (Athlone), Cian Dullaghan (Greenore), Robert Neville (The Links Portmarnock), Michael Buggy (Castlecomer), Thomas Hackett (The Royal Dublin), Mark MacGrath (Limerick)

82 John McCarthy (Stackstown), Gavin McKenna (Fortwilliam), Robbie Pierse (Grange), Quentin Carew (Edenderry)

83 Luke Donnelly (Kilkenny), Craig Bolger (Carlow)

84 Brian Kelly (Spain), Matt McKnight (USA)

85 Gareth Carr (Mullingar)

WD Ross Dutton (Tandragee)