Anderson adds Munster Strokeplay to West crown
 Munster Strokeplay winner Barry Anderson (The Royal Dublin) receiving the Cork Scratch Cup from Liam Ryan, Ryan's SuperValu and Nuala Lyden, Lady Captain, Cork GC.  Also pictured: Jim Long, Chairman, Munster Golf, and Rob Reardon, Captain, Cork GC. Picture: Niall O'Shea

Munster Strokeplay winner Barry Anderson (The Royal Dublin) receiving the Cork Scratch Cup from Liam Ryan, Ryan's SuperValu and Nuala Lyden, Lady Captain, Cork GC.  Also pictured: Jim Long, Chairman, Munster Golf, and Rob Reardon, Captain, Cork GC. Picture: Niall O'Shea

West of Ireland champion Barry Anderson completed a memorable month of April when he won the Munster Strokeplay title for the second time at Cork Golf Club.

The 26-year-old from Royal Dublin was three strokes behind Delgany's Marc Nolan and fellow Royal Dublin clubman Stephen Healy at halfway. But he closed with rounds of 70 and 72 to win by one stroke from Galway and Maynooth's Ronan Mullarney and Douglas' Peter O'Keeffe on five-over-par 293. 

Winner of the Munster Strokeplay title three years ago and a maiden championship winner in the "West" just 12 days ago, Anderson overcame tough conditions to put his name on the famous old trophy for the second time.

He shot a two-under par 70 in the third round to lead on five-over-par alongside Douglas' Peter O'Keeffe (72) with Mullarney (71) two behind, and Ian O'Flynn and Shau Carter a shot further shot back.

Mullarney then set the target at six-over 294 with a second successive 71 leaving O'Keeffe and Anderson to settle the issue.

They were tied on five-over playing the 18th but O'Keeffe found a poor lie in a fairway bunker from the tee and couldn't save par from 35 feet as Anderson got up and down from the fringe for a closing par, a 72 and a one-shot win on five-over.

Mullarney edged out O'Keeffe (73) for second place on a countback and also won the Carr Bruen trophy as the best Under 25. 

Tough weather conditions led to high scoring in the Ryan’s SuperValu sponsored 72-hole event with the cut for the top 39 and ties falling at 19-over par.

Munster Golf Chairman Jim Long congratulated the winner and thanked all involved with the successful staging of the event in difficult conditions. 

He thanked Tournament Director Dave Prendergast and Cork Golf Club's Captain, Rob Reardon and their respective teams for their support and hard work in staging the event.

Munster Strokeplay Championship, Cork Golf Club (Par 72)

Sponsored by Ryan’s Supervalu, Grange, Glanmire, Togher and Kilmallock

CSS: R1 = 75 RO; R2 = 75 RO; R3 = 74; R4 = 75

  1. Barry Anderson (The Royal Dublin) 293
  2. Ronan Mullarney (Galway) 294
  3. Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas) 294
  4. Luke Donnelly (Kilkenny) 297
  5. Stephen Healy (The Royal Dublin) 299
  6. Marc Nolan (Delgany) 299
  7. Evan Farrell (Ardee) 300
  8. Shaun Carter (The Royal Dublin) 300
  • Best Nett: Mark Ford (Cork) 302
  • Carr Bruen Best U25: Ronan Mullarney (Galway)

Detailed scores

293 B Anderson (The Royal Dublin), 77, 74, 70, 72

294 R Mullarney (Galway), 77, 75, 71, 71; P O' Keeffe (Douglas), 74, 75, 72, 73

297 L Donnelly (Kilkenny), 74, 79, 73, 71

299 S Healy (The Royal Dublin), 73, 75, 79, 72; M Nolan (Delgany), 73, 75, 77, 74

300 E Farrell (Ardee), 78, 82, 68, 72; S Carter (The Royal Dublin), 78, 75, 71, 76

301 J Murphy (Kinsale), 74, 79, 76, 72

302 M Ford (Cork), 75, 78, 78, 71; I O'Flynn (Cork), 73, 80, 71, 78

303 E Griffin (Waterford), 74, 79, 77, 73

304 S Barry (Fota Island), 75, 79, 73, 77

305 P Murray (Clontarf), 79, 81, 70, 75

306 G O'Flaherty (Cork), 78, 74, 81, 73; I O'Rourke (The Royal Dublin), 72, 79, 74, 81

307 M Morrissey (Co. Sligo), 78, 77, 75, 77; T O'Connor (Athlone), 74, 84, 76, 73

308 T McLarnon (Massereene), 76, 76, 77, 79

309 R Symington (Lisburn), 75, 79, 75, 80

310 D Reddan Jnr (Nenagh), 81, 81, 72, 76; S Desmond (Monkstown), 77, 83, 77, 73

311 A McCormack (Castletroy), 81, 80, 74, 76; C Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown), 78, 79, 81, 73

312 J Hickey (Cork), 81, 75, 73, 83

314 H Foley (The Royal Dublin), 78, 81, 77, 78

315 K Crowley (Fota Island), 80, 83, 76, 76; R Brazill (Naas), 80, 75, 75, 85; B Murray (Waterford Castle), 78, 80, 82, 75

316 R Knightly (The Royal Dublin), 84, 78, 79, 75; J Logue (Hilton Templepatrick), 79, 82, 79, 76

320 J Sugrue (Mallow), 80, 82, 84, 74; S Bleakley (Shandon Park), 79, 80, 82, 79

322 D Reidy (Co. Sligo), 82, 80, 78, 82; P Tobin (Cork), 80, 83, 79, 80

323 M Power (Kilkenny), 78, 85, 82, 78

324 E Leahy (Cahir Park), 77, 85, 89, 73

325 P Flynn (Tramore), 77, 82, 78, 88

WD J Fletcher (Warrenpoint), 78, 82

Cut

164 C Dowling (Mallow), 86, 78; C Butler (Kinsale), 84, 80; M Shanahan (Castlemartyr), 78, 86; T Ford (Co. Sligo), 78, 86; D Foy (Laytown & Bettystown), 76, 88; 

165 D O'Donovan (Muskerry), 86, 79; S Hogan (Nenagh), 81, 84;

166 T Neenan (Lahinch), 87, 79; J Howard (Fota Island), 86, 80; R Pierse (Grange), 82, 84; R Hynes (The Royal Dublin), 81, 85; E O'Brien (Clontarf), 78, 88;

167 R Berkeley (Dun Laoghaire), 83, 84; W Small (Tandragee), 81, 86; T Cleary (Woodstock), 79, 88;

168 A McDaid (Palmerstown Stud), 83, 85; H O'Hare (Fortwilliam), 81, 87;

169 M Collins (Killeen Castle), 88, 81; A Mulhall (Waterford Castle), 83, 86; S Brady (Galway), 80, 89; J O'Brien (Castlemartyr), 83, 88

DQ G Ward (Kinsale)

NR C Nolan (Galway); K McCarthy (Kinsale); B McGarry (Nenagh); D McMahon (Castletroy); J Ryan (Castletroy); K Fitzpatrick (Kinsale); J McDonnell (Forrest Little); S McGlynn (Portmarnock); M O'Sullivan (The International); R O'Connor (Co. Sligo); S O'Hara (Co. Sligo)

DQ J Murphy (Greenore)

WD P Neville (Bearna); G Young (Nenagh)