Irish Intervarsity: Rafferty and Burke hit the front at Enniscrone

Irish Intervarsity: Rafferty and Burke hit the front at Enniscrone
 Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) driving at the 10th tee during the final round of the 2017 East of Ireland Championship at County Louth Golf Club (05/06/2017). Picture by Pat Cashman

Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) driving at the 10th tee during the final round of the 2017 East of Ireland Championship at County Louth Golf Club (05/06/2017). Picture by Pat Cashman

Maynooth's Caolan Rafferty and Ulster's Shannon Burke lead the way heading into their final rounds in the Irish Intervarsity Championship at Enniscrone.

Dundalk native Rafferty, a current international, made five birdies in a sensational four-under 69 — the best round of the week so far by two strokes — to lead the men's event by a shot on one-over-par 147 from his ever-improving Maynooth teammate Eugene Smith, who posted a fine 71.

Overnight leader Ronan Mullarney, who was officially called up to the Irish Senior panel on Thursday, added a two-over 75 to his opening 74 to lurk just two strokes behind on three-over.

Defending champion John Hickey (74) from Cork IT is still in with a chance as he is just four shots off the lead in a share of fourth with classman Gary Ward (76), the consistent Anthony McDaid (76) from Dublin Business School and UCD's Ben Murray (76) on five-over.

In the women's championship, Burke shot a magnificent, three-under 70 to lead by two strokes from Maynooth's Mary Doyle on four-over 150.

Two-over after bogeys at the first and fifth, she played the last 12 holes superbly, she made five birdies in ten holes from the eighth, including a hattrick of twos at the eighth, 11th and 17th.

Doyle had an eagle two at the 10th in a one-over 74 to sit alone in second with fellow Maynooth player Molly Dowling a shot further back on seven-over after a 75.

The cut for the top 30 and ties in the men's event fell at 16-over 162 with the top seven in the women's event progressing on 15-over 161.

 Reigning Leinster Student champion Shannon Burke. Picture by  Pat Cashman

Reigning Leinster Student champion Shannon Burke. Picture by Pat Cashman

Irish Intervarsity Championship, Enniscrone Golf Club

Men's Championship (Par 73)

Detailed scores

147 C Rafferty (Maynooth University) 78 69

148 E Smith (Maynooth University) 77 71

149 R Mullarney (Maynooth University) 74 75

151 J Hickey (Cork It) 77 74, G Ward (Cork IT) 75 76, A McDaid (Dublin Business School) 75 76, B Murray (University College Cork) 75 76

153 R O'Doherty (NUI Galway) 79 74, C Butler (Maynooth University) 75 78

154 Knipe (Ulster University) 78 76, J McVicker, James (Ulster University) 76 78

155 M Healy (University College Cork) 80 75, M J Kennelly (NUI Galway) 78 77

156 J McCarthy (University College Dublin) 84 72, H Gillivan (Maynooth University) 83 73

157 Ford, T J (Maynooth University) 82 75, M Burke (NUI Galway) 76 81

158 A Ryan (Maynooth University) 79 79, D Brady (Maynooth University) 79 79, C Roche (Cork IT) 79 79, J Hood (Maynooth University) 78 80, J Hayden (University College Dublin) 78 80

159 R Steedman (Maynooth University) 81 78, C Hughes (NUI Galway) 79 80

161 R Browne (University College Dublin) 86 75, G Fitzmaurice (University College Dublin) 77 84

162 B Doggett (Dundalk It 83 79, J Lawlor (Maynooth University) 82 80, D Diaz (Ulster University) 79 83, C Nolan (NUI Galway) 78 84

Missed Cut

163 R Dutton (Ulster University) 87 76, C McGoldrick (Dublin City University) 84 79, S Desmond (University College Cork) 83 80, P O'Beirn (UIi Galway) 78 85, A Fahy (Maynooth University) 77 86

164 J Quinn (The Island) 87 77, J McDonnell (Maynooth University) 84 80, J Rafferty (Maynooth University) 80 84

165 C Woodroofe (Maynooth University) 77 88

166 C Friel (NUI Galway) 85 81, A Comerford (NUI Galway) 84 82, C Ryan (Maynooth University) 83 83

167 M O'Farrell (NUI Galway) 86 81, E Griffin (Maynooth University) 82 85

168 T Coakley (Cork It) 91 77, C McCormack (Trinity College Dublin) 88 80, C Byrne (University College Dublin) 83 85

170 R Dineen (Cork IT) 87 83, L Flynn (Trinity College Dublin) 83 87

171 C Hastings (Galway-Mayo IT) 84 87

172 J Doherty (Dublin City University) 86 86

173 C Feeney (Maynooth University) 97 76

175 K Power (University College Dublin) 92 83, E O'Brien (Maynooth University) 88 87

176 E Haran (Trinity College Dublin) 93 83

178 D Mealia (Maynooth University) 89 89

180 D Hourihan (University College Cork) 93 87

181 D Devlin (Cork IT) 93 88

182 C O'Carroll (Cork It) 89 93

189 G Carr (Maynooth University) 95 94

WD L Grehan (Maynooth University)

NR N McKinstry (Ulster University), R Dunne (Maynooth University), T O'Reilly (Dundalk IT), S Greenberg (Ulster University), M Shiel (NUI Galway) 90 90, D Kelly (Maynooth University), L Power (Maynooth University), C Mc Donald (Ulster University)

RTD A McQuillan (Ulster University), A McSweeney (Cork It) 80 80


Women’s Championship (Par 73)

Detailed scores

150 S Burke (Ulster University) 80 70

152 Mary Doyle (Maynooth University) 78 74

153 M Dowling (Maynooth University) 78 75

155 E Metcalfe (Maynooth University) 78 77, C Jones (It Tralee) 77 78

157 C Casey (Maynooth University) 79 78

161 Meadhbh Doyle (Maynooth University) 77 84

Missed Cut

162 J Allen (Ulster University) 85 77

164 N Ward (Ulster University) 85 79

166 C Walsh (Maynooth University) 90 76

167 A Ni Thuama (University College Cork) 86 81

174 S Lambe (Maynooth University) 90 84

178 K Bromley (Ulster University) 88 90

RTD R McDonnell (University College Dublin) 86 86

Friday 20 October - Round 3 Tee Times (* indicates 6th tee start)

  1. 08:20 *B O'Connell (Bandon), *L Cummins (Cork IT), M Burke (NUI Galway), TJ Ford (Maynooth University), H Gillivan (Maynooth University)
  2. 08:30 *D Herlihy (Cork IT), *J Leacy (University College Cork), *C Nolan (NUI Galway), J McCarthy (University College Dublin), MJ Kennelly (NUI Galway)
  3. M Healy (University College Cork)
  4. 08:40 *D Diaz (Ulster University), *J Lawlor (Maynooth University), *B Doggett (Dundalk IT), J McVicker (Ulster University), J Knipe (Ulster University), C Butler (Maynooth University)
  5. 08:50 *G Fitzmaurice (University College Dublin), *R Browne (University College Dublin), *C Hughes (NUI Galway), R O'Doherty (NUI Galway), B Murray (University College Cork), Meadhbh Doyle (Maynooth University)
  6. 09:00 *R Steedman (Maynooth University), *J Hayden (University College Dublin), *J Hood (Maynooth University), C Casey (Maynooth University), A McDaid (Dublin Business School), C Jones (IT Tralee)
  7. 09:10 *C Roche (Cork IT), *D Brady (Maynooth University), *A Ryan (Maynooth University), G Ward (Cork IT), E Metcalfe (Maynooth University), J Hickey (Cork IT)
  8. 09:20 M Dowling (Maynooth University), Mary Doyle (Maynooth University), S Burke (Ulster University)
  9. 09:30 R Mullarney (Maynooth University), E Smith (Maynooth University), C Rafferty (Maynooth University).