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U15Boys_Interpros_LeinsterLeinster (pictured) tied with Ulster – two and a half matches apiece – to capture the inaugural Boys U15 Interprovincial Championship , sponsored by Golfsure, at Naas Golf Club.

Ulster forged two matches ahead early as recently crowned Irish Boys U15 Open champion William Russell (Clandeboye) recorded a 3/2 win over Rowan Lester (Hermitage) in the top match before Whitehead’s Matthew Kane followed up with a 4/3 win against Coliln Woodroofe (Blainroe). Niall Foley (The Island) led Leinster’s fight-back with a 3/2 win over Stephen Watts (Cairndhu) while Paul McBride leveled matters with a one hole win against Luke Woods (Banbridge). The deciding match lay all square with two to play and Cairndhu’s Neil McKinstry played a great teeshot to six feet on the 178 yard par three seventeenth – which led to him winning the hole as his opponent Jack Walsh (Castle) failed to make par.

Walsh needed to win the last hole to secure a tie for Leinster and he duly obliged – sinking a fine ten foot birdie putt to capture the title for Leinster on account of their superior points advantage from the first day when they won eight points to Ulster’s seven and a half.

In the earlier tie Connacht narrowly defeated Munster – by three matches to two – to secure third place in the Championship.

Friday 27th August:

Connacht 3 Munster 2
(Connacht names first):

Sean Flanagan lost to Robin Dawson 3/2
Ronan Mullarney bt Jamie O’Shea 3/2
Charlie McMickan lost to Mark McCarthy 4/3
Jonathan Doherty bt John Moran 3/2
David Brady bt Gabriel Leacy 5/4

Ulster 2 1/2 Leinster 2 1/2
(Ulster names first):
William Russell bt Rowan Lester 3/2
Luke Woods lost to Paul McBride 1 hole
Neil McKinstry halved with Jack Walsh
Stephen Watts lost to Niall Foley 3/2
Matthew Kane bt Colin Woodroofe 4/3

Final Standings: 1. Leinster; 2: Ulster; 3. Connacht; 4. Munster

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Ulster beat Connacht by three matches to two in the first morning tie in the inaugural Boys U15 Interprovincial Championship, sponsored by Golfsure, at Naas Golf Club.

Newly crowned Irish U15 champion William Russell defeated David Brady by 3/2 in the top match. Connacht's first point came from Ronan Mullarney (Galway) who beat Irish U15 runner-up Luke Woods (Banbridge) by 4/3. Ulster edged ahead as Whitehead's Matthew Kane accounted for Jonathan Doherty from Ballina by 4/3 in the bottom match.

Connacht again drew level as Sean Flanagan - son of Irish Team Captain Kevin - scored a one hole win over Neil McKinstry who, as well as finishing fifth in the Irish Boys U15 Open, was a member of the Cairndhu team that captured the Irish Junior Foursomes on Monday.

The decisive point came from another member of that successful Cairndhu team as Stephen Watts came through a tight battle to beat Athlone's Charlie McMickan by 1 hole.

Leinster scored an easy win - by four and a half matches to a half - over Munster in the second tie with wins for Paul McBride (The Island), Rowan Lester (Hermitage), Jack Walsh (Castle) and Colin Woodroofe (Blainroe).

Munster suffered another heavy defeat in the afternoon as Ulster, buoyed by the confidence boasting morning win, dominated the tie to run out winners by four and a half matches to a half.

Leinster too continued their winning ways with a three and a half matches to one and a half win over Connacht.

The host province enjoyed a strong start with Paul McBride running out an easy winner against Ronan Mullarney while Colin Woodroofe edged out Sean Flanagan (Co Sligo) by one hole in the top match. Rowan Lester halved with Jonathan Doherty to leave Leinster needing just a half point from the remaining two singles.

Charlie McMickan defeated Niall Foley in the bottom match to put a win on the board for Connacht before Leinster’s Jack Walsh secured the winning point with a 1 hole win over David Brady to set up the title decider between the two unbeaten provinces on Friday morning.

Results, Thursday 26th August - Morning:

Ulster 3 Connacht 2
(Ulster names first):
William Russell bt David Brady 3/2
Luke Woods lost to Ronan Mullarney 4/3
Neil McKinstry lost to Sean Flanagan 1 hole
Stephen Watts bt Charlie McMickan 1 hole
Matthew Kane bt Jonathan Doherty 4/3

Leinster 4 1/2 Munster 1/2
(Leinster names first):
Paul McBride bt Mark McCarthy 5/4
Rowan Lester bt Jamie O’Shea 3/1
Jack Walsh bt Robin Dawson 2/1
Niall Foley halved with John Moran
Colin Woodroofe bt Gabriel Leacy 6/5

Afternoon:

Ulster 4 1/2 Munster 1/2
(Ulster names first):
Luke Woods bt Jamie O’Shea 1 hole
William Russell halved with Robin Dawson
Neil McKinstry bt John Moran 4/3
Matthew Kane bt Gabriel Leacy 5/4
Stephen Watts bt Mark McCarthy 3/2

Leinster 3 1/2 Connacht 1 1/2
(Leinster names first):
Colin Woodroofe bt Sean Flanagan 1 hole
Rowan Lester halved with Jonathan Doherty
Paul McBride bt Ronan Mullarney 5/4
Jack Walsh bt David Brady 1 hole
Niall Foley lost to Charlie McMickan 2/1

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