Flynn wins Irish Students Open by two
Darragh Flynn (Carton House). Picture by  Pat Cashman

Darragh Flynn (Carton House). Picture by Pat Cashman

Maynooth University’s Darragh Flynn completed a week to remember when he captured the Irish Students Open by two strokes at Donegal Golf Club.

Just four days after helping Carton House to victory in the Leinster Final of the AIG Senior Cup at Blainroe, he showed he’s no slouch on links terrain.

He followed rounds of 71 and 74 on the muscular Murvagh links with a two-over 75 to win the Irish Students Open on one-over par 220.

Flynn held a share of the overnight lead with Woodbrook’s Tom Dowdall after after turning in one-under 36 to lead by a shot, eh found himself five ahead with three to play and could afford to bogey the 16th and double-bogey the 18th and still win with ease with a joint best of the day 75.

Dowdall shot a 79 to finish second on three-over 222 with Mullingar’s Adam Smith and excellent third on 223 after a 77 .

Flynn also helped his Maynooth (b) team mates David Brady and Paul Conroy edge out the Maynooth (a) Smith, Robert Abernethy and Conor Ryan for the team title by one stroke.

Irish Students Open Championship, Donegal GC (Par 73/219)

Final

Detailed scores

220 D Flynn (Carton House) 74 71 75;

222 T Dowdall (Woodbrook) 76 67 79;

223 A Smith (Mullingar) 73 73 77;

225 R McNelis (Fintona) 80 68 77;

226 G Ward (Kinsale) 77 74 75, C Hickey (Dooks) 74 76 76, R Abernethy (Dun Laoghaire) 72 74 80;

228 P Conroy (Enniscorthy) 79 70 79;

229 C Ryan (Dun Laoghaire) 76 77 76;

231 D Brady (Co Sligo) 75 75 81, E Collins (Laytown & Bettystown) 73 73 85;

233 W Eickholt (Portmarnock) 80 75 78;

234 O O'Loughlin (Millicent) 81 77 76;

235 B Crawford (Greenacres) 74 81 80;

236 S Montgomery (Holywood ) 79 79 78, K Murphy (Dun Laoghaire) 76 77 83;

238 T Probst (Strandhill) 82 78 78, C Henry (Strandhill) 79 74 85;

240 T Plunkett (Crover House) 84 75 81, S Dunne (Royal Dublin) 78 79 83;

241 B O'Connell (Bandon) 83 75 83;

243 R Murphy (Dun Laoghaire) 86 76 81;

245 J Keane (Lahinch) 83 81 81;

246 A Riordan (Blarney) 86 74 86, D Finlay (Dun Laoghaire) 76 82 88;

248 C Desmond (Monkstown) 81 84 83, C Smith (Tullamore) 81 81 86, C O'Carroll (Charleville) 79 86 83, P Ó Dochartaigh (Gweedore) 76 86 86;

249 T Geraghty (Donegal) 82 82 85;

251 F Bannon (Ardglass) 82 80 89, J Conway (Donegal) 80 80 91;

252 T Coakley (Bantry Bay) 89 77 86;

254 S Herring (Killeen) 84 84 86, D Devlin (Powerscourt) 81 82 91;

NR 154 R Jennings (Ballinrobe) 75 79;

NS 159 D McAleenon (Edenmore) 84 75;

NS 163 S Doyle (Athlone) 80 83;

NR 164 D Carton (New Forest) 82 82;

NS 167 P Heeran (Laytown & Bettystown) 79 88, H McGeary (Dungannon) 78 89;

NS 168 J Napier (Scrabo) 86 82.

Team

444 Maynooth (b) 149 141 154;

445 Maynooth (a) 145 147 153;

464 DCU 153 148 163;

472 Cork IT (a) 163 148 161;

488 MU Club 165 161 162;

489 UCC 164 159 166;

499 Cork IT (b) 167 163 169;

RTD 325 University of Stirling 165 160.

Non Qualifiers

170 L Cully (St Anne's) 85 85, O Gallagher (Bundoran) 82 88

171 E Campbell (Cairndhu) 83 88

172 S Leonard (Mitchelstown) 91 81

174 D Mealia (Co Longford) 87 87

178 M McCaughey (Bundoran) 89 89

185 J Cooley (Belvoir Park) 94 91

NR 80 M Fitzsimons (Ardglass)

NR 82 I Witherspoon (Ballyclare)

RTD 83 W Beatty (Greenacres)

NR 88 J Murphy (Fota Island)

RTD S Campbell (Greenacres)

NS M Burke (Galway)