Cleary wins Munster Seniors after 7 hole playoff

Tom Cleary

Cork's Tom Cleary won the Munster Seniors Amateur Open after a thrilling seven-hole playoff at Thurles.

According to Niall O’Shea of Cork Golf News 

Although he won the title in 2009, Cleary suffered a play-off defeat last year as Arthur Pierse won when the championship was held in Cleary’s home course of Cork GC. 

At the end of the 36 holes, three golfers were tied on six-over par.  Cleary was joined by Bandon’s Donie O’Donovan and Elm Park’s Brian Whitaker.  Had a countback rule been in operation, O’Donovan would have lifted the trophy after shooting a level par 72.

The rules however called for a three hole play-off which still couldn’t settle the competition.  It took a total of seven holes before Cleary broke free and captured the title.

Defending champion Pierse finished tied fourth, two shots off the leaders.  Doneraile’s Michael Quirke was sixth, one further shot behind and Bandon’s John Carroll was tied for 11th place.  

Munster Seniors Amateur Open Championship at Thurles Golf Club

13 & 14 May — Sponsored by Clarion Hotel Limerick

Results after round 2 — Round 1 CSS 75 Round 2 CSS 75

  • WINNER Tom Cleary (Cork) 150
  • RUNNER UP Donal O’Donovan (Bandon) 150
  • THIRD Brian Whitaker (Elm Park) 150
  • FOURTH John Mitchell (Tramore) 152
  • FIFTH Arthur Pierse (Tipperary) 152
  • SIXTH Michael Quirke (Doneraile) 153
  • 1ST Nett A Patrick Johnson (Carrick-On-Suir) 139
  • 2nd Nett A Michael D’arcy (Oughterard) 142
  • 1st Nett B Mervyn Eager (Lucan) 143
  • 2nd Nett B Jerry Gore (Oughterard) 148
  • 1st Nett C John Cuffe (Monkstown) 148
  • 2nd Nett C John Carroll (Bandon)  149

Munster Seniors Amateur Open C'ship

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1st Donal O' Donovan Bandon Golf Club (2)7872150+6
1st Tom Cleary Cork (1)7575150+6
1st Brian Whitaker Elm Park Golf Club (5)7575150+6
4th John Mitchell Tramore Golf Club (1)7874152+8
4th Arthur Pierse Tipperary (-1)7577152+8
6th Michael Quirke Doneraile Golf Club (1)7677153+9
6th Mervyn Eager Lucan (5)7578153+9
8th Billy Donlon Birr Golf Club (2)7876154+10
8th Ian Smyth Clandeboye (3)7777154+10
8th Michael Darcy Oughterard Golf Club (6)7282154+10
11th John Carroll Bandon Golf Club (3)7976155+11
11th Tom Tyrrell The Heath Golf Club (3)7877155+11
11th Patrick Johnson Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club (8)7877155+11
14th Ronnie Berry Rossmore Golf Club (1)7878156+12
15th Neville Steedman Courtown Golf Club (-1)7879157+13
16th Peter Cowley Cork (2)8177158+14
16th John Cuffe Monkstown Golf Club (5)8078158+14
16th Dermot Morris Limerick (2)7979158+14
16th Jan Gilbert Malone (5)7979158+14
16th Liam Troy Thurles (5)7979158+14
16th George Mellerick Fota Island Golf Club (2)7979158+14
16th Michael F Galvin Limerick (5)7781158+14
16th David Walpole Milltown Golf Club (3)7682158+14
24th Tony Hayes K Club (3)8178159+15
24th Adrian Wynne Strandhill Golf Club (0)8079159+15
24th Jack Dempsey Curragh Golf Club (4)7980159+15
27th Noel Paterson Milltown Golf Club (4)8179160+16
27th Francis Reynolds Tramore Golf Club (4)8080160+16
29th Brendan Mcdonnell K Club (5)8576161+17
29th Richard Mcdowell Royal Belfast Golf Club (1)8477161+17
29th Nigel Duke Killiney Golf Club (1)8378161+17
29th Paddy Donnachie Cobh (6)8279161+17
29th Declan Corcoran Thurles (2)8180161+17
29th Rory Timlin Galway (5)8081161+17
29th Michael Ahern Skerries Golf Club (2)7982161+17
29th Marcus Conroy Galway (6)7883161+17
37th Liam Mac Namara Rosslare Golf Club (3)8280162+18
37th Tom Saunders Ennis Golf Club (6)8082162+18
37th Greg Murphy K Club (6)8082162+18
37th Gerry Reeves Limerick (4)7983162+18
37th Paddy Harrington Muskerry Golf Club (4)7686162+18
42nd Brendan O Malley The Royal Dublin (3)8380163+19
42nd Gerard Maher Castletroy Golf Club (4)8281163+19
42nd Tony Goode Lucan (4)8083163+19
45th Pat Morrissey Balbriggan Golf Club (4)8579164+20
45th Neil Kilgallon European Golf Club (5)8282164+20
45th Jerry Gore Oughterard Golf Club (8)8183164+20
48th Noel Mannion Dun Laoghaire Golf Club (4)8184165+21
48th Kevin Sheehy Athlone Golf Club (3)8184165+21
48th John O'donoghue Tipperary (4)8184165+21
48th Liam Horgan The Heath Golf Club (5)8085165+21
48th John D Smyth Lahinch Golf Club (6)8085165+21
53rd Dave Roberts Rathcore (6)8581166+22
54th Martin Higgins Claremorris Golf Club (5)8582167+23
54th Alistair Campbell Massereene Golf Club (6)8483167+23
54th Matt Donohue Portumna Golf Club (6)8483167+23
54th Patrick J Murphy Cork (4)8483167+23
58th Des Egan Loughrea Golf Club (6)8682168+24
58th Gerard O'kennedy Athlone Golf Club (5)8583168+24
58th Michael Foley Faithlegg Golf Club (5)8484168+24
58th Gerry Phelan Macreddin (6)8385168+24
62nd Gerry O'keeffe Waterford (6)8782169+25
62nd David Sheedy Lahinch Golf Club (5)8584169+25
62nd John Rea Clandeboye Golf Club (5)8386169+25
62nd Joseph Dowey Lurgan Golf Club (5)8386169+25
62nd Richard Cotter Delgany Golf Club (7)7990169+25
67th Kieran O'mahony Galway (5)8783170+26
67th Rory Fitzgerald Tramore Golf Club (4)8783170+26
67th Frank Leonard Knightsbrook (5)8684170+26
67th Larry Hogan Mount Temple (7)8288170+26
71st John Mccann Co. Louth Golf Club (8)8883171+27
71st Keith Lapsley Dunfanaghy Golf Club (5)8784171+27
71st G. A. Finn Cork (6)8487171+27
71st John O'malley Rathdowney Golf Club (6)8289171+27
71st Sean F. Hosty Galway (6)8289171+27
76th Jack Maguire Co. Louth Golf Club (6)8686172+28
76th William J O Brien Ballykisteen Golf Club (6)8290172+28
78th David Coyle K Club (5)8885173+29
78th Paul Hautz Delgany Golf Club (6)8786173+29
78th Barry O'gorman Rossmore Golf Club (7)8786173+29
78th Pat Lynch Slade Valley Golf Club (7)8786173+29
78th Joe Keegan Courtown Golf Club (6)8687173+29
83rd Joe Crowley Athy Golf Club (8)8787174+30
83rd Paul Cooley Portstewart Golf Club (5)8589174+30
83rd Daniel J Tobin Waterford (9)8490174+30
86th Patrick Comerford Corrstown Golf Club (3)9085175+31
86th John Houlihan Dooks Golf Club (6)8986175+31
86th Sean Duffy Westmanstown Golf Club (6)8887175+31
86th Brian Mcclean The Royal Dublin (5)8887175+31
86th Mike Hennessy Lahinch Golf Club (5)8689175+31
86th Michael Lavelle Muskerry Golf Club (7)8590175+31
92nd Eugene Slater Dungarvan Golf Club (8)9086176+32
93rd Frank Cronin Muskerry Golf Club (7)9188179+35
93rd Tony Mcglynn Craddockstown Golf Club (9)8891179+35
95th Eamon Connolly Blainroe Golf Club (8)9387180+36
96th Tony Pryor Highwoods (Bexhill) Golf Club (10)9487181+37
97th Denis Creedon Lahinch Golf Club (8)9092182+38
97th John Madden Walmley (Wylde Green) Golf Club (7)9092182+38
97th Don Weekes Dunmurry (5)8696182+38
100th James Kelly Littlestone Golf Club (7)9489183+39
101st Vincent O'rourke Naas Golf Club (8)9391184+40
102nd Ronnie Millar Kirkistown Castle Golf Club (8)9491185+41
102nd Fergus Caine Co. Louth Golf Club (8)9293185+41
102nd Robert Ryland Birr Golf Club (6)9194185+41
105th Tony Lewis Mitchelstown Golf Club (6)9692188+44
105th Liam Wall Cahir Park Golf Club (8)9395188+44
107th Hugh Stephen Courtney South Africa (8)9198189+45
108th William Leggett Island (9)98100198+54
109th Terry Lilly Slade Valley Golf Club (6)NR82  
110th Michael Kelly Dungarvan Golf Club (8)NR90  
111th Kevin Knightly The Royal Dublin (7)84NR  
112th Larry Cushen The Heath Golf Club (7)NRNR  
113th Niall Finnegan Gort Golf Club (6)8585+13
113th Sean Coyne Killarney Golf Club (7)8585+13
115th Gordon Parkhill Larne (5)8686+14
116th Denis J Clifford Cork (6)8989+17
117th John Mcdonnell Castletroy Golf Club (9)9090+18
118th Seamus Daly Waterford (9)87DQ  
119th Ivan Morris Limerick (5)DQ  
120th Maurice Kelly Naas Golf Club (0)WD