We had a home win in our 2018 Bank of Ireland sponsored Senior Scratch Cup where our own Jason Tobin fired five birdies in a closing 69 to win by two strokes on level par.
It was a one-two-three for Castletroy as Tobin’s excellent final round on a sun-filled, blustery afternoon saw him win from Dean McMahon, who edged out Jack Ryan for second place after a fine 71.
Ryan came out with all guns blazing, carding a four-under 68 in the morning round to lead by two strokes from Fota Island’s Greg O’Mahony with Tralee’s Owen O’Donnell three off the pace after a 71. But he took 10 strokes more in the afternoon round.
West of Ireland champion Robert Brazill struggled to an opening 78 as South of Ireland winner James Sugrue posted a 77.
But while Brazill made a charge in the afternoon, carding a 69 to finish fourth on three-over 147, Tobin showed the field a clean pair of heels.
While he dropped shots at the fourth and the par-three 14th, birdies at the second, seventh, 11th, 12th and 16th gave him a clear-cut victory
1st 144 Jason Tobin (Castletroy) 75 69
2nd 146 Dean McMahon (Castletroy) 75 71 (2nd 18)
3rd 146 Jack Ryan (Castletroy) 68 78
4th 147 Robert Brazill (Naas) 78 69
5th 148 Michael Burke (Galway) 73 75
6th 149 Justin Kehoe (Limerick) 77 72
Best 1st round gross – Greg O’Mahony (Fota Island) 70
Best 2nd round gross – Ben Murray (Waterford Castle) 70
1st Overall nett – Michael O’Friel (Castletroy) 144
2nd Overall nett – Simon Walker (Roscommon) 147