McKinstry hangs tough to lead Irish Youths into final round
 Neil McKinstry (Ulster) driving from the 16th tee in the 2016 Irish Youths Amateur Open & Irish Colleges Invitational Championship at Galway Golf Club today (25/08/2016). Picture by  Pat Cashman

Neil McKinstry (Ulster) driving from the 16th tee in the 2016 Irish Youths Amateur Open & Irish Colleges Invitational Championship at Galway Golf Club today (25/08/2016). Picture by Pat Cashman

Former Ulster Youths champion Neil McKinstry carded a rollercoaster two over 72 but still takes a two stroke lead into the final round of the Irish Youths Amateur Open Championship at Galway Golf Club.

The Cairndhu and University of Ulster talent started with a birdie and had two more at the fourth and 17th. But he despite bogeys at the third, sixth and 14th and a double bogey seven at the par-five seventh he’s the only player in the red.

At two under par, he has a slim lead over Kinsale’s John Murphy (69) and Galway’s Cathal Nolan (72) with Tramore’s Robin Dawson (69), Galgorm Castle’s Jordan Hood (70) and Mallow’s James Sugrue (73)  lurking just three shots off the lead on one over.

In the concurrent Irish Colleges Invitational Tournament, the Maynooth C team of Murphy, Liam Grehan and Eanna Griffin lead by one stroke on 282 from Maynooth A side featuring Dawson, Sean Flanagan and Galway’s Ronan Mullarney.

Irish Youths Amateur Open Championship,  Galway Golf Club (Par 70)

After 36 of 54 holes
 
138 Neil McKinstry (Cairndhu) 66 72

140 John Murphy (Kinsale) 71 69, Cathal Nolan (Galway) 68 72

141 Robin Dawson (Tramore) 72 69, Jordan Hood (Galgorm Castle) 71 70, James Sugrue (Mallow) 68 73

142 Ronan Mullarney (Galway) 71 71, Luke O'Neill (Connemara) 71 71, Andrew Magee (Powerscourt) 72 70, Marc McCormack (Ashbourne) 70 72, Eanna Griffin (Waterford) 68 74

143 Gemma Batty (Scotland) 72 71, Alan Fahy (Dun Laoghaire) 71 72

144 Laird Shepherd (England) 73 71, Chloe Goadby (Scotland) 74 70, Colm Hughes (Galway) 74 70, Darragh O'Connor (Fota Island) 72 72, Ted Collins (Dun Laoghaire) 70 74

145 Robert Moran (Castle) 74 71, Rory Williamson (Holywood) 74 71, Paul Murphy (Rosslare) 75 70, Jack Blake (The Island) 72 73, Rob Brazill (Naas) 72 73, Robert Shaw (England) 72 73

146 Gavin Fitzmaurice (Balcarrick) 77 69, Eugene Smith (Ardee) 75 71, Zach Glynn (Bray) 76 70, Alec Myles (Newlands) 70 76, Marc Norton (Belvoir Park) 76 70, Niall Hearns (Mountrath) 73 73, Allan Hill (Athenry) 70 76, Jake Whelan (Newlands) 69 77 

147 TJ Ford (Co. Sligo) 74 73, Jack Mc Donnell (Forrest Little.) 77 70, Liam Power (Galway) 74 73, Jamie Fletcher (Warrenpoint) 80 67, Ryan Corry (Clandeboye) 71 76, Brian Doran (Baltinglass) 72 75

148 Cathal Butler (Kinsale) 75 73, Alasdair McDougall (Scotland) 76 72, Jason Murphy (Greenore) 76 72, Dylan Brophy (Castleknock) 75 73, Harry Gillivan (Westport) 75 73, Liam Grehan (Mullingar) 73 75

149 John Cleary (Elm Park) 75 74, Christopher MacLean (Scotland) 77 72, Sean Flanagan (Co. Sligo) 77 72, William Small (Tandragee) 76 73, Ross Dutton (Tandragee) 78 71, Liam Nolan (Galway) 72 77, Jonathan Quinn (The Island) 76 73, James Wilson (Scotland) 76 73, Darragh Conlon (Athenry) 76 73, Hugh O'Hare (Fortwilliam) 78 71, Shane Kearney (Esker Hills) 73 76

150 Shane O'Connor (Castlebar) 76 74, Jack Tuohy (Galway Bay) 79 71, Nathan McCann (Lurgan) 75 75, Colin Woodroofe (Blainroe) 74 76

151 Paddy Culhane (Galway) 80 71, Eoghan Collins (Laytown & Bettystown) 76 75, Jack Howard (Fota Island) 79 72, Jason Conway (Donegal) 75 76, Sean Burke (Galway) 74 77, Brendan Rossiter (Rosslare) 76 75, Mark McKenna (Dun Laoghaire) 75 76, Ross Steedman (Courtown) 72 79 

152 Reece Black (Hilton Templepatrick) 79 73, Owen Crooks (Bushfoot) 75 77, Michael O'Farrell (Galway) 79 73, David Kitt (Athenry) 76 76, Craig Foley (Cork) 78 74, Andrew Hickey (Ballyhaunis) 80 72, Jake Rowe (Tandragee) 76 76, Timmy Broderick (Kinsale) 74 78 

153 Peter Kerr (Royal Portrush) 79 74, Andrew Davidson (Scotland) 79 74, Patrick Jordan (Silverwood) 78 75, John McCarthy (Stackstown) 78 75, Jack Hearn (Tramore) 75 78, David Brady (Co. Sligo) 73 80, Andrew Mulhall (Waterford Castle) 74 79 

154 Matthew Grehan (Tullamore) 76 78, Joseph O'Neill (Tralee) 80 74, Luke Donnelly (Kilkenny) 77 77

155 Dale Jackson (Massereene) 82 73, Stefan Greenberg (Tandragee) 78 77, Paul Tobin (Cork) 74 81

156 Peter Hasson (City of Derry) 78 78, Oisin Fleming (Dun Laoghaire) 74 82, Harry Duggan (Kilkenny) 77 79

157 Jordan Logue (Hilton Templepatrick) 85 72, Cameron Franssen (University of St Andrews Mens) 80 77, James Temple (Portmarnock) 81 76

158 James McVicker (Knock) 81 77, Mark Healy (Kinsale) 76 82

159 Darragh Smith (Castle) 80 79, Adam McSweeney (Douglas) 78 81

160 Joseph O'Farrell (Galway) 82 78, Marcel Horvath (Scotland) 82 78

161 Gary Ward (Kinsale) 77 84 

162 Mikey Burke (Galway) 82 80, Ryan McCullough (Massereene) 80 82

163 Jonathan Doherty (Ballina) 86 77, Gareth Mann (Tullamore) 87 76, Cillian Tully (Hermitage) 80 83, Peter McKeever (Castle) 84 79

164 David Hill (Roscommon) 81 83 

166 Alastair McQuillan (Cushendall) 83 83 

168 Ian Smith (The Island) 85 83 

171 Conor O'Mara (Elm Park) 86 85 

174 Patrick Le Gros (Newlands) 88 86 

WD/NR Craig Bolger (Carlow) 79 NR, Michael Kennelly (Athenry) 79 WD, David Cunningham (Tandragee) 80 WD, Conor Rice (Athlone) 83 WD, Jack Alton (Slievenamon) 84 WD, Jake Vickers (Balbriggan) 85 WD, Robert Browne (Castle) NR WD, Dylan Lambe (Roganstown G & CC) WD WD

Irish Colleges Invitational Tournament

Detailed scores

282 Maynooth (c)

283 Maynooth (a)

284 NUI Galway

287 Maynooth (b), Stirling (a), Ulster (a)

290 UCD (a)

293 Stirling (b)

295 UCD (b)

310 St Andrews

320 Ulster (b)

334 TCD (a)

342 TCD (b)