Ryan O’Connor (De La Salle, Waterford) holes the winning putt on the 16th green to win the 2017 Irish Schools Senior Championship at Lucan Golf Club. Photos: Pat Cashman.
De La Salle Waterford completed a memorable double by winning the Irish Schools Junior Championship at Lucan this week, a day after the school’s senior team had lifted their All-Ireland crown.
In the junior final De La Salle finished five shots clear of the field, adding to their senior schools’ victory the previous day. A superb round of 75 from David Mahon (Faithlegg) proved pivotal for the champions. Playing off 11, Mahon’s nett score of 66 combined with Alex Browne’s 73 for a winning total of 139 (-3).
Browne (Waterford Castle), playing off 14, was the second score to count for De La Salle with Rory Milne’s (Faithlegg) 75 discarded. Coleraine Grammar finished second on 144 while St Michael’s, Dublin were third on 148 and St Colman’s, Claremorris in fourth place.
The previous day, De La Salle won the Irish Schools Senior Championship also at Lucan.
Ryan O’Connor clinched the winning point for the Munster champions courtesy of a 3&2 victory in match four against Blackrock College. Earlier wins for Andrew Mulhall (5&4) and Charlie Dawson (3&2) put De La Salle within one point of overall success. O’Connor sealed their victory at Lucan in the decisive match.
De La Salle beat Presentation College Athenry 4-1 in their semi-final.
By completing the senior and junior double, De La Salle matched the success of Sligo Grammar School, who won both titles in 2008 and 2009.
Rory Milne (De La Salle, Waterford) bunkered at the 18th green in the 2017 Irish Schools Junior Championship at Lucan Golf Club. Photos: Pat Cashman.