Munster beat Ulster to wrap up Interpro title

Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass)
Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass)

Munster beat Ulster to claim the Interprovincial Championship on a thrilling final day at The Island.

After the sides finishing 2-2 in the morning foursomes, the early exchanges in the singles promised a very close finish.

Gary Hurley and Robin Dawson claimed two early singles points to set Munster on their way, but Cormac Sharvin kept the defending champions in touch with a victory of his own at the 16th.

Gary O’Flaherty’s 2/1 win over Irish Close champion John Ross Galbraith was a reversal of the semi-final at that Championship in Seapoint earlier this year, and it proved vital as it left Munster needing only a half from the remaining matches.

That half point was duly delivered by Geoff Lenehan against Colm Campbell.

John Hickey followed that with a two-hole victory over Colin Fairweather, while Stephen Coulter and Pat Murray halved in the final match.

Meanwhile, Leinster pulled away from Connacht in the singles to claim third place - clinching six of the seven afternoon matches having taken a one-point lead from the foursomes.

Meanwhile, in the Boys Interprovincials, Leinster clinching their third title in a row thanks to a 7-3 victory over Munster on the final day.

A clean sweep of the three foursomes matches set them on their way, and victory was secured when Eoin Leonard clinched a win on the final green in his match with Gary Ward.

Ulster beat Connacht in the other match with a powerful singles performance in which they swept the first six matches - David Brady salvaging something for Connacht in the final match.

Interprovincial Championship

Kindly hosted by The Island Golf Club

Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th July 2014

Day 3 (Thursday 24th July)

Leinster 8½ Connacht 2½ (Leinster names first)


Gavin Moynihan & Paul McBride beat Steffan O’Hara & Sean Flanagan 1 hole

Robbie Cannon & Conor O’Rourke lost to Gary McDermott & Barry Anderson 4/3

Richard Bridges & Daniel Holland beat Alex Gleeson & Joe Lyons 2/1

Stuart Grehan & Gary Collins halved with Stephen Healy & Declan Loftus


Gavin Moynihan beat Barry Anderson 5/3

Robbie Cannon halved with Gary McDermott

Conor O’Rourke beat Sean Flanagan 4/3

Paul McBride halved with Joe Lyons

Richard Bridges beat Stephen Healy 1 hole

Stuart Grehan beat Declan Loftus 4/3

Daniel Holland beat Alex Gleeson 3/2

Munster 7 Ulster 4 (Munster names first)


Gary Hurley & Ian O’Rourke halved with Dermot McElroy & Cormac Sharvin

Pat Murray & Geoff Lenehan halved with Chris Selfridge & Colin Fairweather

Niall Gorey & Gary O’Flaherty lost to Colm Campbell & Stephen Coulter 3/2

Robin Dawson & John Hickey beat John Ross Galbraith & Matt McClean 2 hls


Gary Hurley beat Chris Selfridge 4/3

Robin Dawson beat Dermot McElroy 2/1

Ian O’Rourke lost to Cormac Sharvin 3/2

Gary O’Flaherty beat John Ross Galbraith 2/1

Geoff Lenehan halved with Colm Campbell

John Hickey beat Colin Fairweather 2 hls

Pat Murray halved with Stephen Coulter

Boys Interprovincial Championship

Ulster 7½ Connacht 2½ (Ulster names first)


James McVicker & Peter Kerr lost to Tommy O’Driscoll & Jonathan Doherty 1 hole

Marc McKinstry & Ryan Long halved with Devin Morley & Colm Hughes

Owen Crooks & Rory Williamson beat Jack Healy & David Brady 1 hole


Jamie Fletcher beat Tommy O’Driscoll 1 hole

Rory Williamson beat Sean Doyle 1 hole

James McVicker beat Jonathan Doherty 4/3

Owen Crooks beat Colm Hughes 4/3

Marc McKinstry beat Devin Morley 2/1

Peter Kerr beat Jack Healy 6/5

Ryan Long lost to David Brady 5/4

Leinster 7 Munster 3 (Leinster names first)


Kevin Le Blanc & Rowan Lester beat Paul Tobin & Cathal Butler 3/1

Conor Purcell & Alan Fahy beat Gary Ward & Bill Murray 2/1

Thomas Mulligan & Eoin Leonard beat Mark MacGrath & Rory Hill 2/1


Kevin Le Blanc lost to James Sugrue 3/2

David Carey halved with Cathal Butler

Alan Fahy beat Mark MacGrath 5/4

Eoin Leonard beat Gary Ward 1 hole

Thomas Mulligan lost to Rory Hill 3/2

Conor Purcell halved with Bill Murray

Rowan Lester beat Paul Tobin 2/1